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Many people have lost some or all of their teeth over time due to tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease or injury. Tooth loss can affect the mouth’s shape and sometimes lead to a change in facial appearance.
If you are currently wearing troublesome dentures or are concerned about losing a tooth or a number of teeth, there are several denture options that are available to deal with these situations. Dentures themselves are customised removable replacements for missing teeth and gum that can restore dental and facial appearance and improve chewing and speech functions affected by missing teeth.
Where all the teeth are missing or are about to be lost a Complete Denture is used to restore appearance and function. The retention (fixation), stability and tolerance of a complete denture are determined by a number of factors.
A complete denture relies on the remaining jawbone and gum tissues for support. Depending on the suitability of these structures to support such a denture restoration the outcomes can vary considerably. Most dentures are easily worn and satisfy a person’s requirements from appearance, chewing and speaking perspectives restoring confidence and well-being. For more compromised situations specific stabilisation techniques need to be employed to improve the denture wearer’s experience.
Close up of upper and lower dentures
Upper and lower complete dentures replacing all the teeth and giving good lip support when the patient smiles
For patients who have not lost all their teeth a Removable Partial Denture can be recommended to replace the missing teeth and restore function and appearance. Such a denture is supported by the remaining healthy natural teeth and also by the gums and underlying jawbone. This can allow for a number of sophisticated treatment options.
Where necessary a Prosthodontist can design a technically advanced partial denture. Such a precision denture construction can include customised crowns prepared for selected supporting teeth. Clips and other attachment devices connected to crowns over which the denture is fitted, can also improve the fixation, stability and appearance of this type of removable partial denture, as the example below illustrates.
Different views of a typical Technically Advanced Partial Denture, using Crowns and Clips
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