A Complete (full) denture is designed to replicate all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
What are full dentures?
A complete or full denture is an ideal tooth replacement option. This type of denture is designed for patients who require replacement of all their teeth either in the upper or lower jaw. The complete denture will have a natural gum-coloured acrylic base plate that supports the replacement teeth. The base plate comfortably fits over the gums in a design that provides maximum retention.
A lower denture is constructed in a horseshoe form, which covers the bony ridge used in supporting your natural teeth. An upper denture will cover the top palate to offer good retention.
How are full dentures made?
Dentures from our In-House Dental Laboratory
We have extended our dental practice to include our very own on-site lab. Here the dedicated and experienced team at Dentures at Clayfield provide fully customised dentures to suit your needs.
All our dentures are fabricated at our on-site dental laboratory. This means that no additional travel to external laboratories is required, turnaround times are much faster, and our high-quality standards are executed and maintained throughout the process for each of our clients.
Our on-site dental laboratory technicians fabricate your dentures using the Success injection technique which limits the expansion of the acrylic, so your dentures fit more accurately. Our dental experts work closely with our technicians to ensure the quality and excellence of every denture.
Full denture procedure
It takes an average of 4-5 appointments from the initial consultation to develop your full dentures. Your dental prosthetist will:
- Take impressions and measurements of your mouth
- Create a wax model of your denture to ensure the best fit, colour and shape
- Build your full acrylic denture at our on-site dental laboratory
- Make small in-chair adjustments as required
Full dentures benefits
- Full Dentures offer one of the most cost-effective methods for replacing missing teeth.
- If you have just had teeth removed recently, starting with dentures will allow your body time to heal before considering implants.
- Depending on the location of the missing teeth, full dentures may be a perfect solution. (Patients often find upper dentures look good and are easy to wear.)
- The process to create the dentures is non-invasive. No surgery required.
- If additional teeth are lost in the future, it is easy to modify the dentures to accommodate the loss
Full dentures disadvantages
- Adjustment period. Dentures take a while to get used to.
- Eating and speaking with dentures requires practice.
- They need caring for. They must be cleaned and stored properly when not in your mouth.
- They will need to be replaced as they get worn and your jaw changes shape over time.
- Ill-fitting or improperly used dentures can lead to gum infections.
Partial dentures vs full dentures
Partial Dentures are a good choice for people who still have quite a lot of remaining healthy teeth and just one or two missing teeth. Partial Dentures, or more specifically Acrylic Partial Dentures use an acrylic, metal frame that has clasps that snap onto the remaining teeth, filling in the spaces with the artificial denture teeth.
Who is suitable for full dentures?
Full dentures are highly recommended for people who have lost or had most or all of their teeth removed. Traditional full dentures will be given to patients who have missing upper and lower teeth. If there are still remaining teeth and the patient plans to have them removed, the dentist can perform the necessary tooth extraction operations, followed by the immediate placement of complete dentures.
Full Denture in Clayfield
To request a personalised consultation to determine the health of your gums and remaining teeth, and suitability for full dentures, contact us.