Dentures

Removable artificial teeth to replace missing teeth, commonly known as “false teeth”.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable artificial teeth that act as a replacement for your missing natural teeth. These teeth replacement are attached to a base plate made of plastic (acrylic) and/or metal. Wearing dentures not only restore your appearance but more importantly aids in your day to day functions such as speaking and eating.

Dentures

Types of dentures

Partial denture

Partial denture

Partial dentures are fitted to replace teeth that are missing. In such cases, partial dentures are used when there are still healthy teeth left, and these partial dentures often come with clasps that hold your denture in place by hooking on to your tooth.

Immediate denture

Immediate denture

In some situations whereby extraction of front teeth is required, the aesthetic look may be a concern and you may require something to close the missing gap immediately. In such cases, immediate temporary dentures can be made prior to the extraction and inserted right after the extraction is done. However, some adjustments and reline of the denture base may be required a few months later after the extraction wound heals and recover so that the final denture will fit better.

Complete denture

Full/ Complete denture

Complete dentures replace the whole row of teeth (either upper/ lower). In such a situation, there are no longer any natural teeth left on the entire arch. Since there are no longer any teeth to hold the denture in place, the complete denture relies greatly on your teeth and gums tissues for retention.

Benefits of wearing dentures

Having dentures to replace one or more teeth has many benefits such as:

  • Restoring appearance by closing up gaps in between your teeth

  • Improving speech/ pronunciation as compared to having missing teeth

  • Restoring the ability to chew and eat better

  • Regain self confidence with improved aesthetic and smile

  • Prevent unwanted tooth movement on remaining natural teeth

Materials for dentures

The three main types of materials for dentures are:

  1. Acrylic resin – the most common and cost effective material for dentures, and the benefit of adding on more teeth to it to replace new missing teeth that are lost after the dentures are made.

  2. Metal – such as a mixture of cobalt and chromium as the base of the denture. The visible portion of the denture are still gum-like colour for the gum tissues and white for teeth. Metal dentures tend to be less bulky and more sturdy too.

  3. Flexible material – such as nylon and polyester are the most advanced of all the materials for partial dentures with benefits of not requiring additional metal hooks, more natural and aesthetically pleasant and less prone to breakage.

Fitting your dentures

Fabrication of dentures usually takes a few visits to the clinic, and in most cases, the success of denture treatment relies greatly on the cooperation and understanding of patients.

Fabrication of a denture generally involves a few stages.

  1. Primary Impression taking

  2. Master impression taking (more accurate version using a customized special tray)

  3. Maxillomandibular relationship (MMR) record/ Bite registration

  4. Try-in of a wax mock-up version of the denture

  5. Issue of final denture

  6. Review and adjustment

Depending on the number of teeth required for replacement and also the complexity of each case, some steps may be skipped or done concurrently on the same visit. 

Common situations after receiving new dentures

  • Post-delivery pain or discomfort – lasting a few days to several weeks. The new dentures press on the oral soft tissues and lie in tongue space. Tender areas or ulcers may develop at first, which will heal over time after adjustments to the denture(s). Patients must wear the denture(s) preferably on the day when they are reviewed so that the doctor can identify the problem areas.

 

  • Dentures move during function – dentures are removable. The fewer teeth that are left for the denture to hold on to, the more the denture depends on the soft tissues for support and retention. When there are no teeth, full complete dentures are supported by the ridge and the surrounding tissues. Lower full dentures are usually more mobile and feels loose as it is only supported by a narrow ridge and lies in the space of the tongue. Patient will have to learn how to control and hold the dentures with his/her cheek muscles and tongue.

 

  • Difficulty in eating – chewing food may be uncomfortable, even painful at first. Patients may need to return to the dental clinic for adjustments. Patients may bite on their cheeks, tongue or lips initially. The dentures may move when the patient chews. Patients should practice eating with their new denture(s), starting with soft food cut into small pieces, and biting on both sides, eventually progressing to harder food. Sticky food should be avoided.

 

  • Difficulty in speaking – Initially, the pronunciation of words may be affected. They may have more saliva. With use and practice, patients will learn how to speak properly with the new dentures.

Denture Care

Dentures may feel uncomfortable and strange at first, but you will get used to wearing them as long as you persevere (just like a new pair of shoe).

Here are some important tips to help you look after your dentures and your mouth:

  1. Remove your dentures at night

  2. Brush the dentures with a separate soft bristled brush and soap (Do NOT use toothpaste as it may cause abrasion and damage the denture surface!)

  3. Soak the dentures in soaking solution such as antibacterial dentures cleaner according to the recommended time. After that, simple soak the dentures in clean water overnight.

  4. Brush your remaining teeth as per normal to maintain good oral health. It is important to take care of your remaining natural teeth to prevent any tooth decay or gums disease as these remaining teeth can help your dentures stay retentive and stable.

  5. Visit your dentist regularly to have routine check up!

Loose Dentures?

Dentures that don’t fit well or become loose over time is a very common problem affecting most people wearing dentures. This is especially common with lower dentures/ lower complete dentures as there are less supporting structures and more movement due to the tongue and cheek. Ill fitting dentures are usually caused by changes to the jaw and bone after tooth loss, resulting in shrinkage of the bone and ridge.

Denture adhesive (or commonly known as denture glue) may be useful to hold your dentures in place. Apply adhesive in short strips, not too close to the edges. Rinse mouth before inserting dentures and press denture into place, hold firmly, and bite down for a few seconds to secure hold. To remove denture adhesive, rinse your mouth with some warm water before removing your dentures using a rocking motion. Remember to remove all the remaining denture adhesive from your dentures before storing them in water overnight.

Dentures may also be able to be retained by dental implants – also known as implant retained dentures. This is achieved by placing 4 to 6 dental implants into your jaw, which allows your dentures to “lock or clip” in place. This is a good alternative to conventional dentures for replacing missing teeth in the entire jaw!

Restore your missing teeth and its functions!

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Comfortable and cozy experience

Improved appearance and smile

Enhance ability to speak and chew properly

FAQ

Taking good care of your denture is as important as taking care of your teeth.

They should be removed after every meal to wash off any food particles. Brush the denture gently with a soft toothbrush and soak it in a denture cleansing solution once a week to disinfect and clean the denture.

When not wearing, always soak the denture in water to prevent it from losing its shape. Poor denture hygiene may result in stains, bad odor, and oral infections.

The price for dentures depends on a few factors, such as the number of teeth required on the denture and the type of material (acrylic, metal or flexible material). Generally, a single tooth denture starts from $330 and complete full dentures are around $600-$680.

Note: Government Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies.

Yes! For patients with CHAS card, there will be a subsidy from the government. The amount of subsidy depends on the number of teeth required on the dentures. The subsidy amount also varies for different types of CHAS card (Orange, Blue, Merdeka and Pioneer).

Medisave can only be used for surgical procedures. Hence, it cannot be used for normal dentures.

Depending on how badly broken the denture is, it may be possible to fix/ repair it. To denture wearers, please feel free to contact us for an appointment to allow our dentist to check for you.

Depending on how badly broken the denture is, it may be as quick as within the same day or up to a week if we need to send the case to an external dental laboratory for more complex cases.

Yes, it may be possible to reline or adjust your old denture to make it fit better! Do contact us for an appointment to allow our dentist to check for you.

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