How do I choose a Dental Prosthetist (DP)?
You should always ensure that your DP of choice is a member of the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association, ADPA. We at Logan City Denture Centre are members of the ADPA and members have all agreed to comply with a Code of Practice that specifies your DP’s obligations as well as your rights as a patient. So you have an avenue available to you should any problems arise.
Dental Prosthetists are not a new profession. The first DP’s were qualified and registered in Tasmania in 1957. All other Australian states have progressively introduced DP legislation over time.
Look for this sign to ensure you are dealing with an Association member.
It is very important to replace missing teeth for several reasons.
- Mastication or chewing ability
- Support of remaining teeth
- Support of an opposing full denture
Without complete dentition, you may not be able to adequately masticate your food. Mastication, as opposed to biting and swallowing, involves mixing enough saliva with your food so that you adequately dilute your gastric juices, thereby reducing the risk of digestive problems.
Remember when we were told as kids that we had to chew our food slowly so that we didn’t get a sore tummy?
A partial denture
As the name suggests, is to replace some missing teeth in either or both the upper or lower arch. Sometimes partial dentures are required in one arch simply for appearance. More often it is required to improve mastication ability, but if remaining teeth are left unsupported, they made also drift sideways or over erupt making future replacement considerably more difficult.
The other major reason to wear partial dentures is to support an opposing full denture. As an example, where you have a full upper denture and only six remaining lower front teeth – a very common scenario – when you bite on the front teeth of the denture, you will tilt the back of the denture down.
Also it is impossible to satisfactorily masticate food without full detention. Conservation of the remaining natural teeth is enhanced and wear and tear of remaining natural teeth is minimized by wearing partial dentures because chewing and grinding forces are more evenly distributed. Our partial denture services for Logan and wider Brisbane residents can significantly support the degree of wear of natural teeth.
Your DP is able to make partial dentures with many different designs and materials.
Consult your DP
Now that you are a denture wearer, your DP is your first choice team member and will share the responsibility for the health and function of your denture with your cooperation.
Whenever you experience difficulty with your denture or have any concerns with the comfort of your dentures, simply contact Logan City Denture Centre for advice.
Some of the commonly used materials are:
- Acrylic Partials
- Nylon Flexible Partials
- Cast Metal Partials
Acrylic partial dentures
Acrylic partial dentures are the lowest cost and because of the ease of repair, reline or addition of further teeth, are generally advised where remaining dentition is doubtful or tooth loss is significant. Most acrylic dentures will have stainless steel retention, but in some cased that may not be necessary. Another retention option for acrylic dentures is clear or tooth-coloured resin retainers. Ask your DP for more information when enquiring about our partial denture services in Logan and greater Brisbane.
Nylon Flexible Partial Dentures
Made from an injected thermoplastic nylon. There are two basic types with one being more rigid than the other. They are flexible, translucent, clinically unbreakable, and require no metal retainers because the flexibility of the base is used to retain the denture. Another retention option for Nylon Flexible Partial dentures is clear or tooth is coloured resin retainers.
Repairs, relining or addition of future lost teeth may be possible, but the process often means you will be required to be without your denture for about a week. Ask your DP for more information if this may be a concern to you.
Nylon Flexible partials now have a long history of success (since 1956 in USA) and whilst it is clearly not suitable for every case, it is very often the best choice.
These partials meet all required specifications and are accepted worldwide for their biocompatibility and outstanding properties. Nylon Flexible Partials, make it possible for a removable partial restoration to eliminate costly preparatory work, and still achieve function.
A translucent nylon partials allows natural tissue tone to appear through the material matching the three basic tissue colours. The result: A functional, light weight, translucent, clinically unbreakable flexible partial that you will love to wear.
Cast Metal Partial Dentures
These are generally thinner and smaller in the mouth than most other options and of course offer great strength and stability as well as support for remaining teeth.
Because of the rigid frame, it is also possible to transfer bite forces to remaining teeth, rather than supporting gums, by the use of metal rests on the occlusal surface of the supporting teeth. They offer many and varied choices with design.
Retention of a cast metal partial can be either cast metal retainers, flexible nylon or tooth coloured resin.
Repair, relining or addition of future lost teeth is sometimes possible but may have require laser welding, so it is important to check with your DP.