Gum Disease Treatment Sydney; Put Your Best Face Forward With Custom Dentures
When it comes to making an excellent first impression, nothing does it better than a good smile! In some cases, however, this isn’t possible. With age and environmental factors, a patient’s teeth can take a beating; gum disease can invade and rob a person of that ability, causing a huge knock to their confidence.
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is when plaque filled with bacteria sticks to gums and causes a build-up on a patient’s gum line. Gum disease is a known leading cause of loss of teeth in adults. Missing teeth can massively affect a person’s confidence and health, forcing them to make significant changes in their lifestyle. A solution to this issue is dentures.
What Are Dentures And What Do They Do?
Dentures are a natural-looking replacement for teeth that were broken or in weak conditions due to a variety of issues, such as decay. Dentures act as new teeth and fulfill the same role, enabling a patient to live a normal life once more. As a result of recent technological advancements, dentures have improved and are no longer visible teeth replacements, thus looking subtle and discreet on a patient.
Who Needs Dentures?
A patient that is missing teeth is the prime candidate for dentures. The primary reason for this is to retain the core jaw functions. If gaps are present in a patient’s teeth, not only could they suffer from emotional distress on their confidence, but they would also be physically distressed. Gaps in a patient’s teeth can cause the face to appear drooping or sunken due to the supporting structure that supports facial muscles becoming distorted. Further possible jaw damage involves the teeth closest to the gaps drifting to the unoccupied spaces. This results in teeth misalignment, the irregular wearing of teeth, and eventually jaw stress.
Types Of Dentures
The great fact about dentures is that they’re a viable option to replace all teeth and/or partial areas. A quick online search demonstrates all clinics nearby that offer these services. The most common denture types are outlined below, however, it is worth noting that there are additional options available also.
● Full dentures: These are dentures fixed to replace all teeth either on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws. This is usually the best alternative when all teeth have been lost or there are only a few natural teeth remaining. Patients will need to have all their natural teeth removed before these dentures can be fixed. Full dentures can be removed by a dentist as and when required.
● Partial dentures: Are the best alternative when a patient only missing a few teeth on either jaw. They can be custom fitted so that they match the remaining teeth. They’re removable just like complete dentures and they’re discreetly attached using fittings over the neighboring teeth. The latest option for partial dentures is flexible dentures; flexible dentures are relatively higher in cost compared to other options. Additional dentures varieties include implant-retained dentures, overdentures, snap-in dentures, and cantilever bridges.
How Custom Dentures Are Fitted?
Custom dentures are fitted at a denture clinic by a qualified dentist. They will perform a full oral health assessment on a patient before carrying out treatment or fitting. The purpose of the assessment is to check the condition of a patient’s teeth, to measure if there are any teeth that are still intact, and to check the general state of their gums. The dentist needs to ensure that your gums are healthy and strong enough to support denture fitting. X-rays are also required within the checkup. If tooth extraction is required the process of fitting dentures might be delayed slightly as the gum will need time to heal. There is an option available for immediate dentures to use temporarily before a custom fitting is ready. A custom fitting requires the dentist to take an impression of a patient’s mouth which the denture design will be based on.
Benefits Of Custom Dentures
Unlike immediate dentures (which lack precise fitting and design), custom dentures offer a patient some incredible benefits, including:
● Improved oral health: Custom dentures eliminate the worry of discomfort and sores on gums. Properly fitting dentures are good for the jawbone as they prevent its deterioration; this helps to maintain facial structure.
● Improved self-confidence and self-image: Custom dentures mimic a patient’s natural teeth, making it easier to speak, chew, and smile because they’re made to fit the patient’s mouth in particular.
● Lower dental costs overall: Custom dentures reduce generic denture repair costs as they are bespoke to the patient so will be fitted perfectly. This differs from a one-size-fits-all type of denture which could incur further adjustments further down the line.
Cost Of Dentures
The cost of dentures depends on the requirements, such as full or partial dentures and the material used, and the clinic itself. The cost increases if a patient requires teeth extraction or any additional treatments before the fitting.
Teeth problems can find a person anywhere, at any time, but this shouldn’t prevent them from putting their best face forward. Enquire today about a set of custom dentures to fill the gaps left by teeth loss.