Here’s everything you need to know about Dentures in Singapore.
What are dentures?
Dentures are generally known as a removable replacement for missing teeth. Dentures are an affordable and effective solutions when it comes to replacing missing teeth when compared to other solutions such as dental implants or dental bridges.
There are two main types of dentures available to patients depending on their need; full dentures and partial dentures.
- Full dentures are used to replace missing teeth in patients who are already missing all of their teeth, allowing patients to enjoy a set aesthetically pleasing teeth.
- Partial dentures are utilised when patients still have some natural teeth remaining, ‘filling’ up the missing areas with a acrylic tooth.
Getting dentures to enhance your smile and improve your health in general is the best decision you can make. People who have made this choice are proud and never regret the decision to get dentures.
What are Full Dentures?
Basic Full Dentures
A wonderful smile is more than just basic. Basic dentures are created using the conventional cold pour technique from unaccented acrylic material. In addition your basic full dentures come with a six month warranty and a satisfaction guarantee whereby if you are unsatisfied with your dentures your money is refunded.
Basic Full dentures have been reported to work perfectly, are affordable and are crafted to provide you great value. Unaccented acrylic material makes these dentures resistant to wear. Your dentures will be custom made to give you that perfect fit and soon enough you will able to smile, laugh and eat more comfortably.
Classic Full Dentures
These custom dentures made using the conventional cold-pour technique are meant to restore your wonderful smile. The pigmentation of Classic Full Dentures is customized to blend in with the natural appearance of your gum tissues. In addition your classic full dentures come with a one year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee whereby if you are unsatisfied with your dentures your money is refunded.
Classic Full dentures are made using the conventional cold pour process from high quality materials. This means that classic full dentures are strong and durable. In addition, since it is possible for your dentist to make color adjustments to the acrylic material, Classic Full dentures can be made to appear almost as natural as your gum tissue.
What are Partial Dentures?
How Do Partial Dentures Work?
With removable partial dentures replacement teeth are normally fixed to a base made from acrylic material which blends in with your gum color. Sometimes underneath this acrylic base is a metal structure. Partial dentures usually have a clasp which attaches it to your other teeth keeping it in position.
Sometimes your dentist can also suggest crowning or capping a number of your damaged natural teeth to make your removable partial denture fit better inside your mouth. Speak to your dentist so that he or she recommends a removable partial denture that best meets your dental needs.
The Affordable Tooth Replacement Solution
Tooth gaps not only make you uncomfortable when you smile but the gaps may interfere with your chewing and speaking. Partial dentures offer solutions to these problems by restoring your smile, enhancing how you speak and making chewing food easier.
In addition Removable Partial Dentures also provide your lips and cheeks support and prevent the skin on your face from sagging and making you appear older.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Your teeth are designed to function together and so losing even one of your teeth becomes a serious problem. It happens that when a tooth is lost, the other nearby teeth tend to shift or move towards the space left by the missing tooth.
This may affect how you chew and bite and your jaw joints and teeth may be subjected to excess pressure leading to pain and discomfort. It is for this reason that any tooth lost should be replaced, either with full dentures, partial dentures, dental implants, all-on-4 implants or dental bridges.
Each of these tooth replacement solutions has their benefits and drawbacks, your dentist will recommend the right solution for you after analysing your existing oral health and understanding your needs, budget and requirements.
Getting Used To Dentures
You will need a little bit of practice before you master how to remove and put back in your removable denture. At first wearing dentures may feel strange or the fitting could be tight. However you need not worry because after a few weeks you will get accustomed to having them on.
Do not bite down your denture to force it into place as this can damage its clasps or harm your teeth. In case you have any issues with the fitting of your newly-acquired dentures then it is recommend that you speak to your dentist.
Do not put on your removable denture all day and all night. It is recommended that you remove your partial denture when you go to bed at night and wear it again in the morning.
Normally you will be scheduled for dental visits where your dentist examines your mouth for any signs of pressure or discomfort. Your dentist will then make adjustments to your denture where necessary.
Below are some helpful tips:
- Start by consuming soft foods probably broken down into smaller pieces.
- Balance pressure in your mouth by using both sides of your mouth when chewing.
- Avoid sticky and tough foods and avoid chewing gum.
At first you may experience difficulty uttering some words but with practice you will master your speech. You can use a mirror to practice speaking and reading words out loud.
Getting Dentures In Singapore
Each denture is customized to match your natural appearance without interfering with the way you speak. The dentures are also created in such a way that they improve how you chew and eat. Below is a brief summary of the process of making customized high quality dentures.
Initial Dental Consultation & Oral Assessment
Subsequently, impressions of your gums and teeth will be taken to be used a mould for the denture fabrication process.
Sometimes your dentist uses these impressions to prepare a temporary model known as a ‘Try-In Denture’, to ensure that your denture will fit well and work as desired before the actual fabrication of the final dentures.
Choose Your Denture Material & Select Its Details
Your dentist will show you various teeth colors, shapes and translucencies for you to select what appears as natural as possible for you.
Other details are also available for certain denture styles to help mimic a more natural look.
- Gum shades – includes several custom colors for you to choose from.
- Gum texture – details that make the denture appear very natural including vein-like structures for your gum line, fibers, ridges and engraved bumps.
- Ridging – ridges like those on the upper part of the mouth are created on the upper part of the upper denture; this aids in the movement of the tongue as you speak and rotation of food in the mouth as you eat.
Hand Made, In Lab Denture Fabrication Process
Cold-pour – this is a long established method of denture fabrication. Pourable acrylic known for its dependability and strength is utilized to make our lower cost full denture designs.
Heat-injection – this is an advanced denture fabrication method. In this method, the material selected for making the denture is introduced into a customized impression under pressure and afterwards subjected to heat during curing.
This method results in stronger and more compact dentures that closely match the shape of a patient’s mouth. Therefore heat-injected dentures are more exact and usually offer a comfortable fit.
Fitting and Adjustments Made To Dentures
This way you can leave your clinic feeling comfortable and content with your denture fit and reduce the need for revisits to the dental clinic for adjustments.
Denture Repair & Reline
To ensure that your dentures work and fit correctly, it is recommended that you get your dentures replaced at least once in five to seven years. However before then, your dentures might require some repairs.
With time your removable partial denture fit may change or sometimes as you get older your jaw bones may shrink. When your jawbone shrinks, some spacing is left below your denture and food particles may get trapped in this spacing. Also the clasps of your denture may become worn out and loose. You should not adjust your denture at home because you can destroy the denture or harm your health. Household glues should not be used to fix a damaged denture since they contain harmful substances.
Visit your dentist in case of a broken, cracked or chipped partial denture or in case any denture tooth gets loose. In case you lose any of your natural teeth supporting and holding the denture then your partial removable denture may also require some adjustment.
Simple denture repairs can be done in a day but complex repairs usually require more time. To get your partial denture quickly fixed, ensure that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. It is important that you visit your dentist regularly for check-up and professional cleaning of teeth.
Types of Denture Repairs
- Denture reline: with time the hard and soft tissues inside the mouth change hence your dentures will need to be resurfaced to ensure a firm fit.
- Denture rebase: denture base is replaced with a new one. Your dentist transfers replacement teeth from the old base to the new base.
- Denture adjustment: in case you have some soreness in your mouth tissue or gums due to pressure exerted by your dentures, your dentist will adjust your dentures to ease this pressure.
Why your dentures need to be replaced at least once in a period of 5 to 7 years
Over time the shape of your mouth varies. As you become older your gums and bones tend to shrink and ebb which makes your dentures lose grip. Loose or worn out dentures make your mouth prone to infections and sores.
Your NoFrills Dental practice dentist will recommend when you will need to get your dentures replaced.
Our Team of Dedicated Dental Professionals
Our team of experienced dentists are fully dedicated to providing patients with high-quality and affordable dental care.
Our dentists are well-versed in the prosthetic dentistry, and highly adept in producing highly aesthetic and long lasting dentures for all our patients.
Dr. Kenneth Siah
Dr. Joshua Chong
Dr. Bernice Tan
Dr. Li Kexin
Dr. Alex Dovban
Denture Cost in Singapore
The cost of dentures in Singapore typically ranges between $800 – $1,300 per arch, depending on the material used to fabricate the dentures. Prosthodontists may charge higher for dentures, between $1,500 – $2,000 per arch.
NoFrills Dental is a participating member of the CHAS program, patients who are under the CHAS, Merdeka Generation or Pioneer Generation Schemes are eligible for some governmental subsidies which allow a portion of their denture fees to be off-set. (Subject to the number of claims the patient has used for the year).
At NoFrills Dental, we strive to provide patients with high-quality dental services at affordable prices. If you’d like to learn more about dentures or would like to speak to one of our dentists regarding dentures, you can drop us a message, call us or email us.
Cost of Dentures (Per Arch)
$800 – $1,300
(Fitting of Dentures)
Frequently Asked Questions
About Dentures in Singapore
Do I still need to see the dentist after getting my dentures?
You will need to see your dentist at least once a year so that your dentures can be adjusted and potentially serious problems can be avoided. Be sure to see your dentist at the first sign of any irritation or frequent sore spots on your gums.
How do I maintain and care for my dentures
Your removable dentures should be taken care of just the same way as natural teeth. You need to practice proper oral care to ensure your dentures stay in good condition. It is also recommended that you visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations in order to maintain your oral health in good and clean condition.
Below are a few tips to assist you in caring for your denture at home:
- Before going to bed and before putting in your dentures, ensure that you brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth and also your gums.
- Ensure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Maintain the recommended dental routine for any remaining natural teeth to ensure your gums and teeth remain healthy.
- In case you lost all your natural teeth, you will have to visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and examination of your denture fit.
- Cleanse your dentures on a daily basis. Take out your denture and start by rinsing off trapped pieces of food. Use a brush and a denture cleaner to clean the denture. You may also use a small amount of dishwashing liquid soap.
- Mildly brush all surfaces of your denture. It is recommended that you use a brush specifically designed for denture cleaning. Alternatively you can look for a soft bristle brush.
- Dentures should not be cleaned with toothpaste since some toothpaste brands contain abrasive particles which can destroy the teeth and base of your denture.
- Dentures are delicate and can get broken when they fall. To avoid breaking your denture while cleaning it is advisable that you hold it over a towel or wash it inside a sink full of cool water.
- Whenever you are not wearing your removable denture, ensure that it is soaked in denture solution or water. If a denture is left out in the open it dries and loses its shape.
- After cleaning your denture with cleansers ensure that you rinse it thoroughly with water. This is because the cleanser you use might contain some chemical that are not meant to get into your mouth.
- Use denture cleaners that have been approved for sale by your local healthcare authority and deemed as safe to use.
- Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and floss once daily to ensure you have healthy gums and teeth.
- Be extra careful when cleaning teeth that get clasped underneath the denture clasps. You can ask your dentist to guide you on the correct way to clean between your teeth.
- When you remove your denture, store it in a safe place where children and animals cannot reach.
How often do I have to replace my dentures?
Our dentists generally recommend replacing your dentures every 5-7 years. Natural teeth wear down and stain over the years; your dentures will, too. The tissue in your mouth and jawbone changes constantly. As a result, your dentures will require adjusting and rebasing periodically so that they continue to fit comfortably and securely
What alternatives are there to dentures?
There are a number of alternatives to dentures available to patients such as dental implants, dental bridges, all-on-4 dental implants and implant retained dentures.
Depending on your needs and requirements, you dentist will recommend the right tooth replacement solution for you.
Will I still be able to eat hard to chew foods such as apples after getting dentures?
Although eating with dentures takes adjustment and time, you will be able to enjoy eating apples, corn and many other foods. Remember, your dentist and dental team are always here to help.
How long will it take for me to get used to my dentures?
As a new denture wearer you may experience some problems during the first few days. However you need not worry because the issues will disappear in no time. These issues include:
- Too much saliva
- Sore mouth gums or muscles
- Feeling as if your denture fit is large or loose–with time your mouth muscles and tongue will get used to the dentures and your denture will feel fine.
Sure, your new dentures will take some getting used to but your facial muscles and oral tissues will adapt to the dentures in a very short time and you should soon feel quite comfortable with them. In case you are not comfortable or have concerns regarding your dentures you should get in touch us. Our dedicated team of dentists and clinic staff will adjust your dentures if and where necessary to ensure that you are comfortable.
What can I do to get used to wearing dentures?
For those with missing teeth, dentures can help enhance your self-confidence and your life in general. Nevertheless, it may take a while before you get comfortable having your dentures on.
Below are some tips to make you more easily change and adapt to having dentures:
- Keep on wearing your dentures so that you can get used to them. In case of any discomfort visit your dentist to get your dentures adjusted.
- Practice eating while wearing your dentures. Below are some helpful tips:
- Consume tender foods
- Do not eat sticky or tough foods
- Break down food into tiny pieces
- Be careful as you bite and chew gently
- When chewing use both sides of the mouth to balance pressures
- Practice talking. At first you may experience difficulty uttering some words but with practice you will master your speech.
- Advice: Use a mirror to practice speaking and reading words out loud.
- Cleanse your dentures every day. Use a denture brush and cleaner.
- Remove your dentures at night when you go to sleep to allow your gums to relax.
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