Acrylic DenturesAcrylic dentures are considered to be the simplest or the most basic, traditional types of dentures used as solution for missing teeth. These days, acrylic dentures are usually used as temporary dentures, since they are much easier to fabricate, reline and adjust compared to the modern flexible dentures. These types of dentures can be used on a temporary basis while waiting for more comfortable, aesthetically better looking and better functioning permanent dentures, or while waiting for dental implants to be healed and attached to other teeth restorations.
Acrylic dentures could be the most cost effective denture solution, since they are relatively easier to fabricate compared to dentures that have other materials. Acrylic dentures can have metal parts, mostly to keep them stable in the mouth. However, the lower cost of the manufacturing acrylic dentures translates to less durability as well – acrylic dentures are less sturdy and reliable when compared to modern dentures, made from other materials.
Acrylic dentures are also thicker; bulkier and may not look as natural or aesthetically pleasing as dentures made with other modern day materials. The fit of acrylic dentures may not be as comfortable, and may not feel natural inside the mouth. It may be somewhat challenging for these traditional acrylic dentures to stay in place for long periods of time, because of their bulkiness; especially in the case of acrylic dentures used for the lower jaw, since the sealing action may not be as good as the dentures in the upper jaw.
Latest innovation in the field of dentures, Valplast dentures are Flexible Partial Dentures (FPDs) that are custom-made according to the clients requirements. These are made of a nylon resin material that makes it more flexible than traditional partial removable dentures. A Valplast FPDs does not have metal clasps, making it possible for the dentures to be worn discreetly.
Valplast dentures are lightweight, making them one of the most comfortable denture options in the market today. The lightweight but strong material feels very natural inside the mouth, so you can chew food, smile, or even laugh naturally without having to bear a bulky or unnatural feeling inside the mouth. The flexibility of the material used in making the Valplast dentures allow these prosthetic dental appliances to adapt to the natural contours and movement of the mouth. – so that you can enjoy all of the normal activities comfortably.
The nylon resin material of Valplast dentures is unbreakable, so there is no worry about damaging or breaking the dentures when they are dropped onto a hard surface. The unbreakable nylon resin material of every Valplast dentures comes with a lifetime warranty against fracture and breakage.
Complete DenturesComplete dentures are used to replace the form and function of all natural teeth that have been lost. Complete dentures allow an individual to have a better quality of life by providing teeth replacements even after the total loss of all of their natural teeth. If you are planning complete dentures, you may have to spend a short period of time learning how to get used to the feel of the dentures on your mouth, and how to use them to their full potential.
Complete dentures can be conventional, or flexible. Conventional complete dentures are advised when the bone has been given enough time to be healed after teeth have been extracted – usually after eight to 12 months from the time of last teeth extraction. Complete dentures that are placed in the conventional way generally have a more comfortable feel, since the gums and bone ridges of the jaw have had sufficient time to heal and adjust to the toothless condition.
Implant Supported DenturesMany clients with no remaining teeth or teeth that need removal do not want to wear a removable denture. For such clients, we recommend Dental Implants. Implants are a totally secure, very long-lasting option. The titanium implant is placed in the jawbone by a minor surgical procedure and actually becomes part of your natural bone. Dentures secured via implants are the ultimate solution, giving you the confidence to eat, smile and laugh.
Over-Dentures are types of dentures that are secured in place with dental implants. After the dental implants are placed onto the jaw bone, the Over-Dentures are firmly anchored into place by being attached to the implant’s abutments. Over-dentures provide missing teeth solutions that are firmly anchored into place, without the possibility of the prosthetic teeth moving uncomfortably inside the mouth – a problem that is often encountered when using regular dentures.
Bone grafting procedures or Sinus Grafting procedure might be required to augment the bone structure of the area where a dental implant will be placed; these bone grafting procedures are usually done in cases when a patient does not have sufficient bone mass in a specified area, which is needed to provide a firm base where the dental implants will be placed. A sinus grafting procedure is done in cases when a patient does not have sufficient bone mass in the upper jaw area – making it extremely difficult to place dental implants successfully.
Nerve repositioning or Nerve Lateralization might also be required in certain cases when a patient needs to have dental implants placed in the lower jaw, but the procedure may not be possible to do (because of bone deterioration in the area) without touching or damaging the nerve that provides feeling to the lower lip and chin areas. The inferior alveolar nerve will be moved or repositioned before the dental implant placement can proceed – so that the dental implants can be embedded without damaging or even touching the nerve; touching or damaging the inferior alveolar nerve can result to numbness or altered sensation on the lower lip or chin areas of the patient.
Soft Tissue Grafting or gum grafting might also be advised to resolve issues of gum recession, which may be caused by gum (periodontal) disease. Gum tissue from the patient’s own palate will be used to augment the area where the soft tissue grafting is necessary; the soft tissue grafting procedure will be beneficial in the development of healthy gum tissue, which will in turn provide additional support for the placement of dental implants.
Denture Repairs & RelinersAt certain times dentures, depending on the material, may get damaged accidently or other unfortunate circumstances especially when they are dropped onto a hard surface.
Taking the dentures for relining/repairing when they do not fit comfortably anymore also protects the dentures from premature damage.
With regular use of dentures, and passage of time, jaw bone ridges and gums are altered, causing dentures to lose their comfortable fit and become more susceptible to damage.
Ideally, a denture should be brought for relining and checked for other needed repairs, every 2 years to restore its retentive qualities.