Partial dental prosthetics can replace one tooth all the way up to, well, pretty much all of them.
They are made to fill the space left from missing teeth and can be made different ways with a few types of material. At Denture Haus in Fortitude Valley we are pleased to be able to offer a full range of solutions for our patients, plus same day repairs.
Generally, partial dentures are made from the same material as full dentures; acrylic. We use the best acrylic available; high impact & heat cured for longevity and looks.
Your acrylic partial stays in place using stainless steel clasps. In some cases, a ‘snap’ denture can be made that doesn’t need clasping; your Prosthetist will be able to tell you if this can work for you.
Often the acrylic part of your denture is combined with a metal framework. This can take away a lot of the bulk from a full acrylic denture, and comes with precision clasping that is often smaller and less obvious than a stainless steel wire.
An alternative to acrylic is a flexible material called Valplast.
Developed in the 1950’s, this material is incredibly strong and lightweight and comes with a lifetime warranty backed by Valplast itself.
Slightly translucent, the clasping blends naturally into your gums making the appliance near-invisible.
Valplast is not suitable for all cases; if you are lacking undercuts for the material to lock into or you need a larger area covered, you will need to consider an alternative.
Your denture will be completed over a number of stages. The amount of time and visits may vary from those you have done in the past or of family members and friends who have had the same work done.
Every case is unique, but generally, an acrylic and/or chrome denture is made with the following stages;
1 . An initial impression
2. A secondary impression
3. A bite registration
4. A try-in
5. Final insert
6. Follow up
Valplast partials are typically done over the following stages;
1 . An initial impression
2. Final insert
3. Follow up
Using a special type of material, your Prosthetist will take an impression of your mouth. Fast-setting and very accurate, this is what will be used to pour up a model of your mouth for the technician to work on.
The technician will make a custom or special tray to take another impression of your mouth. This is carefully designed to sit as close to the tissues in your mouth as possible, giving a more accurate mould of your mouth to build the final denture on.
This stage may need to be repeated a couple of times until your Prosthetist is completely satisfied. It is much easier to take a new impression than trim a finished denture.
Next, a bite block will be built on the new model. This wax rim will be placed in your mouth and you will need to bite down to leave marks on the surface. Some people bite differently, and you may need to repeat this step a few times. It’s easy and doesn’t take very long, but is vitally important to the final product!
With the accurate impression of your mouth and knowing where your teeth naturally bite, we can begin to construct your denture. The base will be made of wax and teeth will be carefully selected to suit your face shape, gums and mouth. They will be adjusted and trimmed to look natural and fit well. The technician cannot put your teeth just anywhere; they must be mounted in the right place for strength and stability.
When ready, this wax mock-up will be placed in your mouth and small adjustments can be made. If you are happy, the denture can now be finished.
The moment you’ve been waiting for! The wax is boiled away leaving a space for the acrylic to be set. We use a very high-grade acrylic that is strong and lightweight; it will feel a lot better than the try in.
Your Prosthetist will insert the denture and trim away any spots that cause you trouble. It will take time and a few adjustments to get it just right.
If you had teeth removed the day your denture was inserted, you will need to come back and have the denture relined. As your gums shrink they leave a gap underneath your appliance. A new impression will be taken showing the space inside which is then filled with more acrylic.
If you did not have any teeth removed, you will still need some small adjustments as you become used to your new denture. Don’t worry, these are typically done very quickly and easily. You can also have your sports mouthguards fitted with us!