Dentures And Mouthguards
A mouthguard is a removable rubber or polyvinyl shield worn over your teeth, most commonly the upper teeth, to protect the teeth and jaws from traumatic injury during sporting activities.
There are two basic types of mouthguards available:
- The custom fitted mouthguard is available from your dentist. This mouthguard is constructed directly from a mould taken of your teeth in the dental surgery and fits tightly and comfortably over your teeth. This type of mouthguard is the type recommended by the dental profession and is the most effective in preventing injuries to the teeth and jaws.
- The “do it yourself” mouthguard, available at many pharmacies, are usually poorly fitting and uncomfortable to wear. Dentists do not recommend these as they offer little protection to the teeth and patients are encouraged to obtain the custom fitted guard to protect the teeth against any damaging trauma.
Full dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
PARTIAL ACRYLIC DENTURES
Partial acrylic dentures are removable, meaning they are not fixed and can be inserted and removed at your convenience. This works by using the remaining teeth for retention, thus retaining and stabilising the denture so that it doesn’t move or fall.
Before a partial acrylic denture is made, usually it is standard practice to have your remaining dentition checked, to ensure that it will be in a stable condition to withstand the loads a partial denture omits. Once all restorations have been completed, you are ready for impressions.
PARTIAL METAL FRAME DENTURES
Partial metal frame dentures combine comfort, function, and aesthetics. This combo denture utilises thermoplastic clasps, which blend right into the gum tissue creating the perfect smile and a metal framework which provides maximum stability and strength to the partial. This combination is remarkable because the framework provides support while softening pressure and force on the abutment teeth, creating extra comfort with amazing beauty. A partial denture with a metal frame is strongly suggested on a mandibular arch with missing posterior teeth.
RELINE & REPAIR DENTURES
Dentures are made of a material that is remarkably resilient when used correctly, but unfortunately, it does not respond well to sudden, hard forces such as being dropped onto the porcelain of sinks, or onto tiled floors. As dentures age and become poorly fitting, they can also be stressed by continual flexing while in use, which results in small cracks that can fracture the denture with time. We are available to reline or repair your dentures should your have an emergency.
ADDITIONS TO DENTURES
It is not uncommon for a natural tooth to require extraction after a denture has been fitted. In most cases, it is possible to add teeth to existing dentures using tooth coloured acrylic resins.
The same applies to a situation where a broken tooth on the denture can be replaced with a new tooth. However, adding teeth to Chrome metal base dentures may require the existing denture base to be modified by welding an extension to the denture. This process may take up to seven days to