Let’s talk about dentures.
What is DENTURE? A denture is a custom made removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. It has the ability to restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost when you lose your teeth.
Generally, there are two types of dentures available – partial and complete dentures.
Partial dentures are often used instead of other tooth replacement methods when the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support structures such as dental bridges, or when more than one or two teeth are missing.
The partial dentures are fitted to the part of the gum line that they will sit on, and fasten to nearby natural teeth to keep from falling out of place. They are not permanently fastened, however, and can be easily taken out at any time for cleaning and while sleeping.
Complete dentures or also called full dentures are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth. You can have them fitted for your top or bottom gum line, and are held in place by suction and/or the help of an oral adhesive. Just like partial dentures, they are easily removable. Complete dentures can be either “immediate” or “conventional.”
Immediate Complete Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (your dentist will take measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit).
While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
If you experience major discomfort that doesn’t seem to improve, see your dentist to have your dentures adjusted. If you notice a minor soreness, irritation or more saliva in your mouth than usual, don’t worry, these problems usually resolve on their own. Note that it will take some time to get used to both temporary and permanent dentures. The dentures will feel loose at first. Your cheek and tongue muscles will need to adjust to them.
Conventional Complete Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
One of the disadvantages of temporary dentures is that, because they’re made in advance and placed as soon as the damaged or decayed teeth are removed, the fit will not be exact. So they may require more frequent adjustments to get a good fit. That being so, they should only be considered a temporary solution until the permanent dentures are ready.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
If you care about your appearance, this is one of the vital reasons. Another reason would be the gap left by a missing tooth can cause more strain to be put on the teeth at either side.
A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.
WHO NEEDS DENTURES?
If you have missing teeth, you care about your appearance and want a good moment to enjoy eating your food freely then it would be advisable to do dentures.
Specifically, dentures does not only give a positive appearance but it also touches on your dental health. Who would want their teeth to decay or their gum to get disease? The answer is nobody!
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DENTURES?
It is important to brush and soak your dentures every day. Brush your dentures first, to help remove any bits of food. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner, not toothpaste. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
Make sure you brush all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface that fits against your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
You will also need to soak your dentures every day in a denture-cleaning solution. This will help remove any plaque and stubborn stains that are left. It will also help to disinfect your dentures, leaving them feeling fresher. A friendly reminder, always follow the doctor’s instructions.
Don’t keep your dentures in overnight unless there are specific reasons for you to keep them in.
If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dental team.
You have to really take good care of your denture because dentures may break if you drop them. Remember to always clean your denture over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop it.
TYPES OF DENTURES AVAILABLE AT 1ST DENTAL CLINIC
There are two types of dentures available at 1st Dental Clinic – ACRYLIC DENTURES and VALPLAST FLEXIBLE DENTURES.
ACRYLIC DENTURE : This type of denture are very easy to be altered and are an easy comfortable fit. Due to the moldable material, the technician can easily influence any adjustment required.
The other main benefit to this type of material is the fact it is cheaper compared to other types. However, it is not as natural looking and durable as other materials. It is prone to change over time and more adjustments will be required. In addition, they are not as well fitted as other materials and apparently not the best type of material for lower jaws
VALPLAST FLEXIBLE DENTURES : It’s a cast thermoplastic denture that is thin, lightweight, and flexible with invisible clasps that surround the natural teeth. Not to mention that flexible partials are a quality premium product that offer the benefits of superior esthetics, comfort, function and bio-compatibility. Plus, it is easier to take care of valplast denture rather than acrylic denture.
For acrylic dentures, the price starts from RM350 per tooth and additional RM50 for every tooth. As for valplast dentures, the price starts from RM700 per tooth and additional RM80 for every tooth. **Special discounts will be given for 4 teeth (or more) per session.**
The whole process may take two weeks maximum to finish. The process includes taking impression, bite test, try in and finally attach it to the patient’s mouth.
It would be advisable for patients to come for a consultation as the doctor will need to examine patients’ teeth condition beforehand to advise on which treatment or denture suits the patient the most.
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1ST DENTAL BUKIT JELUTONG
2-1-01 D’Vida Jalan Bazar U8/101
Bukit Jelutong, 40150 Shah Alam,
0378596757 / 0122175857 / 01161114972
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1st DENTAL TAMAN EHSAN, KEPONG
No 2423-1, Jalan E3 6, Taman Ehsan
52100 Kuala Lumpur.
0362748710 / 0122955857