Dentures

A denture can be made of plastic (full acrylic denture) or metal (partial cobalt chrome denture).

It requires 5 visits.

The advantages of a denture are it’s relatively low-cost, painless and it supports sunken lips and cheeks.

However, dentures do not last forever.

A denture would need to be remade every 5 to 8 years depending on the rate of your bone resorption (shrinkage).

Regular visits to the dentist is still required to maintain your existing teeth and to check the fit of your denture.

An ill fitting denture can cause food trap, resulting in higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, fungal infections and increased rate of bone loss.

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What are Dentures?

Also known as false teeth, dentures are a type of prosthetic device to replace missing teeth. In most cases, a set of dentures is made for the elderly, but there are many reasons that can cause a patient to become entirely without teeth (edentulous).

Causes of Tooth Loss

Periodontal diseases, tooth decay and other dental diseases relating to oral flora control are the biggest contributors to tooth loss. Development defects caused by malnutrition, or genetic defects and trauma or drug use can also cause loss of teeth and call for immediate dentures.

Types of Dentures

There are partial dentures, who cater to patients who have lost some teeth, and complete or full dentures, catering to those who have lost either all upper or lower teeth.

A denture can be made of plastic (full acrylic denture) or metal (partial cobalt chrome denture).

It typically requires 5 visits at The Dental Studio in Singapore to receive the custom designed dentures. This includes the initial visit, consultation, examination and diagnosis, followed by subsequent impressions of the mouth, bite registrations, try-out of the denture(s) and issue and review. The number of visits may be more or less depending on the complexity of the case.

What to Expect

The advantages of a denture are that it is relatively low-cost, painless and it supports sunken lips and cheeks. It will take some time to get used to the dentures when eating or talking. A well-fitted set of dentures can help to eat, speak and smile better!

However, dentures do not last forever. A denture would need to be remade every 5 to 8 years depending on the rate of your bone resorption (shrinkage).

Regular visits to the dentist are still required to maintain your existing teeth and to check the fit of your dentures.

An ill-fitting denture can cause food trap, resulting in higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, fungal infections and increased rate of bone loss. It is hence advisable to discuss any discomfort with the dentist. Do not adjust the surfaces or parts of the dentures yourself – it may distort them and make ill-fitting to your mouth. Your dentist will be able to help adjust the dentures for you.
Jawbones and gums naturally shrink, causing dentures to fit less securely, presenting difficulty chewing, possible soreness and chances for infections. It is important to visit the dentist regularly to have, not only the dentures, but also the overall oral tissue evaluated on a yearly basis.

Caring for Dentures

To avoid bacterial contact, dentures should be removed and cleaned carefully after every meal to remove any food particles. Dentures are not worn at night. Once removed, they should be brushed and wash thoroughly and put in a container of water overnight. Do use a soft hand brush or special denture brush and avoid hot water when caring for your dentures. Dentures may lose their shape if they are left outside to dry, so they should always be stored in water when not worn.

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