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'Dental on Seventh' offers a wide range of solutions for replacing missing or lost teeth.


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This range generally includes:

Dentures and Over-dentures, [ie removable solutions]

Both partial and full-arch ; [the focus of this discussion]

Dental Implants and Dental Bridges,[fixed-in solutions]

Most commonly these are partial-arch.

Often the recommendation we make to you will be based on the number of missing teeth needing to be replaced in each [upper or lower] arch, but the decision is always made in close consultation with you.

Dentures provide a lower-cost option to replace missing teeth than do dental implants and bridges generally. Dentures, often referred to as 'false teeth', are really a prosthetic device constructed to replace one or more missing teeth, and they rest either on selected remaining teeth as 'over-dentures', and/or on the underlying gum, and they are easily removed and thus more easily kept clean. They may be categorized as 'replacement', 'delayed' or 'immediate', and they may be 'full-arch' [when ALL the teeth are missing] or 'partial-arch' dentures; Partial dentures generally clip on to some of the remaining teeth by way of clasps to keep them in place better.
Sometimes they are made in advance of planned tooth removal and delivered and fitted at the time of extraction, so they are then known as 'immediate' dentures. Otherwise they are called 'delayed' dentures, [as there generally needs to be a wait of 3 months following extractions for complete healing and re-modelling before they are made;
'Immediate dentures' will need modifications made to them by us at certain times during and after the 3 month healing period.
Dentures may sometimes be known as 'replacement' dentures' [existing full-arch dentures need replacing about every 8-12 years for various reasons]Over-dentures rest on 2 or more 'fixed points' as well as the gum beneath. The 'fixed points' may be healthy tooth 'roots' which are especially prepared for the purpose, or Implants with special clip-on attachments.
There are several types of dentures in both categories, ranging from full dentures to partial dentures and these may be based on a customised precision-metal framework with clasps, or a simpler acrylic plastic base material.
Sometimes a simple acrylic partial-denture will need to be provided for you as a temporary solution for a lost tooth, before an implant or bridge can be made.
There are several ways to retain [hold in place] removable dentures.
Full upper dentures rely on 'suction' to hold them in place, whereas full lower dentures require a great deal of muscle co-ordination to control them- this has to be learned.
Full-arch over-dentures may have Implants beneath them with clip-on attachments underneath to retain and stabilize them, or partial dentures can have clasps clipping on to remaining teeth, if suitable teeth are present, or sometimes even special attachments can be incorporated to invisibly clip on to an artificial crown on a tooth, in which case the denture can be claspless, and therefore look better]Dentures of all kinds typically take several appointments to make and fit, depending on the complexity.
You may want to avoid needing to wear a denture at all, in which case, alternatives may be available to you and these may include Bridges, which are fixed in place between 2 or more fixed points, [teeth or implants]; These need to be designed with a precision fit and formed so that they are easy to care for properly inside the mouth .

If you would like to arrange your initial consultation or you wish to understand more about dentures and/or our other prosthodontic services, please Contact Us.

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