Looking for a more stable dental prosthetic than conventional dentures? Suction dentures come in a full acrylic design and offer an easier and more comfortable solution to standard dentures or surgical alternatives.
What are they?
Suction dentures are a type of dental prosthetic that are provided by many dental clinics across the country. They are made specially by prosthodontist dentists, as they require specialised moulding techniques to design. Suction dentures rely on creating strong retention using atmospheric pressure. This is achieved by their unique design.
How are they made?
The creation of these suction dentures can be quite intricate, as they should be moulded using specialised techniques. This is why prosthodontists usually make them. A natural fit for each patient is achieved by creating special impressions, which provides the most optimal fit for each patient. By crafting the denture in such an intricate way, they allow a vacuum to be created and the dentures to suck onto the gum area.
How does the suction work?
The vacuum is created once the dentures are seated and pressed onto the gum profile by expressing the air outwards. Once they need to be removed, the vacuum seal will cancel once manual force is applied. The process of removing the prosthetic may require a slight ammount of force, but this is not a cause for concern and simply demonstrates that you have premium-quality suction dentures.
Suction dentures bring a variety of benefits for patients. The first is the added advantage of having more retention than conventional dentures. This is due to the additional support of the suction vacuum. Other advantages, like the improvements in speech, mastication, and comfort, shows that suction dentures give more choice to the patient when deciding which solution is best for them.
Who is the ideal patient?
Many people who have missing teeth can benefit from suction dentures, but the primary patient-base who prefers this treatment are those who want to avoid minor oral surgical procedures. This can either be because of the cost or the invasiveness of the procedure. Those who also find conventional dentures clunky and difficult to keep in may also benefit from suction dentures. During a consultation, your dentist will be able to examine your mouth and determine if you are eligible for the treatment.