Dentures

Dentures and False Teeth in Lower Hutt, NZ

Losing teeth can not only make you self-conscious, but it can also have a significant impact on your everyday life. Modern dentures can replicate the function and aesthetic of your natural teeth and provide an excellent solution for restoring your smile!

Set Of Dentures

Benefits of Modern Technology

At Central Hutt Dental, we have a wide variety of options available, including whole-mouth dentures, dentures for a few teeth or ones that we place over damaged teeth. With the Aid of digital technology, we have an alternative method of making our dentures which can improve the wait times between appointments and provide accurate results.

Traditionally we would send away a physical impression of your teeth to a specialised dental laboratory for each individual appointment. While this style of dentures still takes place in our practice, we also offer 3D printed dentures.

You may feel embarrassed about needing dentures; however, we can create dentures that are almost an exact replica of your natural teeth with our state-of-the-art technology. No one will know that they aren’t your original teeth!

What’s the process for getting dentures at Central Hutt Dental?

3D printed Dentures

Our experienced dental team will ensure you are comfortable during your appointments and get exactly what you are looking for! Here is what you can expect when getting dentures at Central Hutt Dental:

  • Initial consultation: We start with a complete examination of your oral health, noting any broken-down or infected teeth that may need removal and determining whether dentures are the right solution for you. We take a 3D scan of your teeth to plan how we can help. In the background our technicians will receive the 3D replica of our teeth and plan for your next visit.
  • Second visit: This is where we would plan how your teeth bite down and take a shade match. It is important to take these records as this with aid in planning how your dentures fit together when you grin and eat.
  • Third visit: Depending on our treatment plan, if you require removal of teeth, we will book you in for treatment with your dentist. He will then insert your new denture.
  • If you have multiple teeth removed, we may like to see you for a review after 24 hours. Alternatively, we book a weekly review, where we check the fit of your denture. As your bone and gums heal things settle into place. Meaning you may notice some spots on your denture where it may rub. In this appointment we will review and adjust your denture to aid in your comfort while you get used to your new smile.
  • 6 months down later, if you have had multiple teeth removed you may require a reline. You may notice that your denture is a bit less secure then after your initial appointments. This is because your bone and gum settle into place. If your bone has nothing to hold onto like teeth, your body will get rid of that bone meaning it can make things feel loose. We would then offer a reline appointment, we would book you in for another 3D scan and print another set.

The Benefit to 3D dentures over traditional dentures is the turnaround time which averages 2-3 weeks. Fewer appointments and we have your 3D digital impression on file so we can print another set if you lose them, or something happens this can take a day to print!

Traditional dentures.

Like 3D dentures, traditional dentures are made by a dental laboratory technician.

  • Initial consultation: We start with a complete examination of your oral health, noting any broken-down or infected teeth that may need removal and determining whether dentures are the right solution for you.
  • Second Visit: We take a physical impression of your teeth and pour up a stone copy and send it to our dental technician.
  • Third Visit: Depending on our oral condition, sometimes a second impression is required. This is because you would require a custom fitted impression tray, this enables your dentist to gather all the necessary data from that impression to pass on to the technician.
    If a special tray is not required, we would plan how your teeth bite down and take a shade match. It is important to take these records as this with aid in planning how your dentures fit together when you grin and eat.
  • Fourth Visit: Sometimes we would require an appointment where we trial fit the denture, it is also an opportunity to show you what to text your denture to look like.
  • Fifth Visit: Depending on our treatment plan, if you require removal of teeth, we will book you in for treatment with your dentist. He will then insert your new denture so you won’t have to be without teeth in your mouth.
  • If you have multiple teeth removed, we may like to see you for a review after 24 hours. Alternatively, we book a weekly review, where we check the fit of your denture. As your bone and gums heal things settle into place. Meaning you may notice some spots on your denture where it may rub. In this appointment we will review and adjust your denture to aid in your comfort while you get used to your new smile.

 

 

POST-CARE

You may experience some discomfort and rubbing in areas while your extraction sites heal and your mouth becomes accustomed to the denture, but you should never be in pain. Get in touch with our receptionist team if the discomfort is affecting your daily life, and we will book you in for an appointment. Ensure you treat your dentures with care and keep on top of your oral health routine by washing them regularly with warm water and taking them out for the night.

REFITTING

Up to 6 months down later, if you have had multiple teeth removed you may require a reline. You may notice that your denture is a bit less secure then after your initial appointment. This is because your bone and gum settle into place. If your bone has nothing to hold onto like teeth, your body will get rid of that bone meaning it can make things feel loose. We would then offer a reline appointment.

With traditional dentures we would book you in with your dentist who would take an impression of your dentures. Paying attention to where the denture touches the gum. You would then be without your denture for up to 4 days while our technician fine tunes the fit.

With 3D dentures we would take a physical scan of your mouth and plan a new fit. You won’t be without your dentures, as you can keep your old set while we 3D print a new custom fit set.

Are Dentures What You Need?

 

Visit our central Lower Hutt clinic to find out if dentures are the right treatment option for you! Contact us today to book an appointment, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have!