Although dentistry and dental procedures are constantly improving, there are
times when it is necessary to have one or more teeth removed. Now there is the
challenge of how to fill the gap. There are several options including implants
(where a false tooth is screwed into the jaw bone); bridgework( where crowns on
teeth either side of the missing tooth/teeth with an attachment of false teeth
are permanently cemented in place); and dentures.
Your dentist will be more than happy to discuss your 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
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 and should feel natural and comfortable.
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
To make an appointment:
Please contact the Champion Dental Centre on 04 237 9081 or the Kapiti Dental
Centre on 04 298 6754 to make an appointment.
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