Although dentistry and dental procedures are constantly improving, there are times when it is necessary to have one or more teeth extracted. If it becomes necessary for you to have a tooth (or teeth) out and "the gap" bothers you, there are options. There include: implants (where a false tooth is screwed into the jaw bone), bridgework (where crowns are placed on teeth either side of the missing tooth/teeth with an attachment which is permanently cemented in place) or of course, dentures (false teeth). A denture can consist of 1 or many teeth acting as replacements. But, of course there is nothing quite like our own natural teeth.
Your dentist will be more than happy to discuss options with you. He/she will be able to show you examples of the various dentures and also models of implants and bridges. You will also be given an estimate of charges involved.
Types of dentures:
There are several types of dentures (besides full and partial):
- Metal dentures - these are extremely strong, less bulky than acrylic but more expensive.
- Plastic or acrylic dentures - these are the least expensive, but they can tend to be bulky.
- Valplast dentures - a relatively new development. These dentures are unbreakable and flexible partial dentures that do not need metal clasps. They are less bulky than plastic and patients report they are very comfortable. Valplast dentures are made from a plastic derived from the nylon family and so are an alternative for people who have allergies to acrylics.
Your dentist will advise you on the best solution for your individual needs.
Getting used to dentures:
Like anything new, dentures often take a little time to adjust. to. Taste is sometimes affected for a short time, although most of our taste buds are found on the tongue; some people report a gagging reflex for a little while and of course, the plate will feel big in the mouth to start with. Some people also report sore spots for a little while. This is often a matter of a 5 minute adjustment appointment with your dentist. All of these challenges will improve with time.
If you require a tooth/teeth removed, it is possible to have an immediate denture made—this is made before the extractions take place and placed the day the teeth are removed so that it is not even noticeable. The immediate denture may need a reline at some stage in the future as the gums heal and recede.
It usually takes a minimum of 4 appointments to have a denture made up (including shades, impressions, try-ins etc) before the technician makes the final product.
To make an appointment:
Please contact the Champion Dental Centre on 04 237 9081 or Kapiti Dental Centre on 04 298 6754.