When would I need a tooth addition?
Perhaps you need to have a tooth or teeth extracted, leaving a gap in your mouth that your partial denture no longer adequately fills. Affecting your appearance, your ability to eat effectively and even speak properly, the gap can also impact on your oral health, allowing in some cases for the remaining teeth to drift out of position. Load distribution alters as a consequence and the support your partial denture may have provided to an opposing denture may be compromised because of the gaps made by missing teeth.
Is my denture suitable for a tooth addition?
Depending on the materials from which your partial denture is made, your prosthetist can add more teeth to replace the missing ones. Teeth can be added to acrylic dentures, cobalt chrome dentures (also known as chrome dentures or metal dentures), and a limited range of flexible materials like Thermosens, depending on the design of the denture.
While acrylic dentures are the most easily added to, cobalt chrome dentures can also accommodate tooth additions, but ideally should be designed with provision for additional teeth if needed at a later date.
However, most flexible materials like Valplast, won’t allow structural changes due to the flexible nature of the material. Flexible dentures are not a good option if you are planning for tooth additions in the future, as some flexible materials cannot be added to. Our prosthetist can advise on your specific needs.
How long does it take for a tooth addition?
The short answer is a tooth addition can be achieved within the space of one day. A tooth addition takes two 30–minute appointments scheduled for the same day, so you’re without your denture for the least possible time.
What is the process?
We will reserve two appointments for you on the same day: one early morning and one later in the afternoon. During the early morning appointment, our prosthetist will take an impression of your mouth with your denture in place. We determine tooth shade and shape, and you will be given a quote. You will be without your denture during the day while our prosthetist undertakes the tooth addition work. When you return for the afternoon appointment, we fit your denture complete with the tooth or teeth added.
What happens if I need to have a tooth or teeth extracted?
Generally, the need for a tooth addition is because one or more of your teeth are being extracted. In this case, you will see your dentist first to determine which teeth are to be removed. Your dentist will provide you with a written treatment plan confirming tooth numbers for extraction which you bring to our prosthetist. We can then schedule your appointments for a same-day tooth addition. After this, the procedure follows the process detailed above.