Denture Tooth Addition

Denture Tooth Addition

In many cases, partial dentures offer the flexibility to be able to add new teeth onto your existing plate instead of having to get a new partial denture entirely. Coming directly to Total Denture Care, a full servicing denture clinic with an on-site laboratory, we can normally turn around a denture addition in three hours or within the same day reducing the inconvenience of not having your teeth.

What is a tooth addition to a denture?

Denture tooth/ teeth additions are when you add teeth to your existing denture to replace a missing gap. This may be needed following an extraction or tooth loss of remaining natural teeth; or breaking or losing an existing artificial tooth on your current denture plate.

What are the benefits of denture tooth additions?

  • Convenience of having a new tooth added to a current denture plate
  • Saves money and time as do not have to entirely replace current denture
  • Able to continue to use a denture you are already comfortable with
  • Prevents any remaining natural teeth from drifting out of position and reduces wear
  • Restores appearance of your smile
  • Improves ability to eat
  • Improves speech
  • Provides a more comfortable and secure denture fit

What are some factors that may affect whether new teeth can be added to your current denture plate?

  • The type of partial denture and what material it is made from.

Generally speaking, acrylic partial dentures are most suitable to cost effectively and easily add a new tooth onto a current plate saving you money and time. In addition, acrylic dentures have the option to convert the design from a partial denture to a full denture should the need arise.

With cast metal chrome partial dentures, additional teeth can be added in most circumstances; however, this can be a more expensive and longer process as a metal pin may need to be welded onto the plate to assist with strength of holding the new tooth.

For flexible Valplast partial dentures, the cost of adding a tooth will also be higher and longer – it also depends on whether the original design of the denture can accommodate this too.

  • The location of the additional tooth/ teeth can affect the cost, time & possibility of addition. Depending on location of tooth or teeth added, this can change the path of insertion, fit, retention and stability of the denture, due to the original fabrication being surveyed and design to suit the dentition which were missing at that time. Depending on where and how many teeth are missing, the design of a denture may be altered to best accommodate the additional teeth.
  • The health of your remaining teeth may also affect the planning of additions. Other loose teeth can affect whether impressions will be able to be easily taken and may require extraction prior. If the remaining teeth are decayed and need to be restored, this would generally need to be completed prior to modification of the denture, otherwise it can affect the fit once the restoration is done and be costlier to alter later. If there is a poor prognosis of other remaining teeth, in some cases it may be better to have those teeth extracted and replaced in the same treatment plan as this will save costs.

What is the treatment plan for adding or replacing a tooth on your current denture?

  1. Consultation with our Dental Prosthetist
    Treatment Plan options presented to add a tooth/ teeth to current plate vs new plate
    Impressions taken and tooth/ teeth colour and shape selected
  2. Tooth/ teeth is added in laboratory
  3. Denture with new tooth/ teeth added is inserted by Dental Prosthetist or Dentist; bite adjusted and other adjustments made if needed for a comfortable fit
  4. Follow up if any further adjustments needed

In some cases, when teeth may need to be extracted, patients may wish to have a tooth/ teeth extracted first and healing to take place prior to having a tooth added to their current denture (usually 2-4 weeks after extractions; however, depends on individual circumstances such as age or number of teeth).

Otherwise by having the new teeth added to your current plate prior to the extractions, this means that your dentist will insert the denture with new tooth/ teeth already added immediately after tooth removal which helps with blood loss and healing as the denture acts as a bandage and gives you an immediate restored smile.

How much do tooth additions cost?

Our denture additions start from $325, depending on the type of denture, the number of teeth and retainers, and whether impressions of your mouth are needed.

Do you need a tooth added to your current partial denture? Book an appointment with our Dental Prosthetist today on 9317 7777 or info@totaldenturecare.com.au to run through the best option for you. Whether it be a denture repair or a tooth addition for a planned extraction or unplanned tooth loss, we are here for you.