Dentures in Modern Dentistry

Modern dentistry has turned a once-dreaded restoration like dentures into a more comfortable and reliable solution for missing teeth. We create custom dentures to suit each patient. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the different types of dentures. We also look at how we combine modern restorations and traditional restorations for a stunning and fully functioning smile. 

In earlier years, dentures were made out of plastic or porcelain. However, more modern dentures are mainly made out of hard resin. The materials create dentures that fit better and feel more comfortable. 

Types of Dentures

Dental restorations are not one-size-fits-all. Also, there is more than one type of restoration available to patients who need a solution for missing teeth. Your oral health concerns and the way in which your teeth were lost will affect the decision about which option is best for you.

  • Complete: These are easy to remove for cleaning. Thanks to modern technology, these fit comfortably on your gums. The large piece of the denture fits over your palette. This may feel uncomfortable or sore at first. Eventually, the tissues in your jaw and mouth will adjust, and it will become more comfortable.
  • Removable: If you’re missing two teeth or more on both sides of the arch of your teeth, you may be a candidate for these restorations. We create the restoration with clasps, making it easy to clean every day. A few missing teeth may not seem like a big deal, but a large space in your smile allows neighbouring teeth to shift- this is problematic in appearance and in the functionality of your smile. A partial denture can also eliminate or minimize the need for future dental restorations.

Combining dentures with modern treatments

Sometimes, we may combine implants and dentures with a restoration called an implant-supported denture. These get connected to and supported by implants. 

We mainly use implant-supported dentures for the lower jaw, where traditional dentures can be unstable. However, you can still have an implant-supported denture in the upper jaw. We usually insert dental implants in the jaw at the front of the mouth. Combining dentures with dental implants produces a tooth replacement system with many advantages over standard dentures. For example, the restoration is more stable and looks more like natural teeth compared to traditional dentures. 

For this particular patient, we combined digitally designed and milled all-ceramic crowns with traditional removable dentures. We also did some composite bonding to get an aesthetically pleasing result:

Caring for your restoration

Dentures are far less inconvenient than they used to be. Even if you saw your grandparents or parents struggling with them, we can assure you that modern ones are more comfortable and easier to maintain. However, it’s still important to take proper care of your dentures. You have to clean them daily, just like you brush and floss your natural teeth. Also, soak them in a denture solution at least once a day. 

In addition, you need to keep up with dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. This allows your dentist to examine your restoration to make sure they fit properly and address any concerns you may have. Since your gum tissue will change over time to accommodate the restoration, we will need to make adjustments or replacements to ensure your comfort and maximum functionality.

Contact us for beautiful and custom made restorations

If you have missing teeth and you’re looking for a modern solution, schedule a consultation with Smith and Van Lierop in Cape Town. We’ll work very closely with you to help you find the best restoration for healthier and more stunning teeth.