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New techniques in denture application

Thursday, August 29, 2019
When it comes to denture care, advancements in technology and attitudes have changed the game in recent years.
Leading dental experts have been adapting and introducing new techniques in denture application, resulting in dentures with the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

Established in the late 1990s, Dentures Plus has grown to become one of the most experienced dental labs in the country, manufacturing full and partial dentures, implant retained dentures, flexible partial dentures, bite splints, denture repairs, relines and custom-made mouth guards.

There are many reasons people choose dentures, implants and bridging, including those who have lost teeth due to an accident, medical issues or have had poor oral health. All dentures are personally designed and created for the client, to ensure a more comfortable and natural fit.

At Dentures Plus, many options are available, and during your initial consultation we can explain those different options for you and help you make the right decision.

To help return your winning smile and confidence, give Dentures Plus a call today for a no-obligation, free consultation, to discuss the latest advances in technology with a highly-skilled professional.
For more information, visit  www.denturesplus.co.nz    


3D printers behind this latest denture development

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Dentures have come a long way since the ancient Italians started filling gaps with animal and human teeth in the seventh century BC. There are now 50 million dentures produced globally each year, including a small but growing number of “digital dentures”.

The 3D printers behind this latest development have been making inroads for several years, as the technology and materials used continue to improve.

This month, Dentures Plus is installing its own 3D printer as part of a looming change for the industry that should eventually make dentures more accessible, affordable and accurate.

The clinic’s German-designed Kulzer printer is unlikely to be used for permanent dentures – the technology isn’t quite there – but it will provide a new option for temporary dentures and impression trays.

It will streamline some of the processes and give us a good head start on digital dentures. There is less wastage of material and it should be more accurate, but at first it’s mainly going to be used as a diagnostic tool.

 


Dentures Plus is already one of the best-equipped denture clinics in Christchurch, with the city’s only welder specifically designed for denture repairs, and manufacturing facilities spread across several rooms.

The team currently make dentures using the acrylic injection method, the industry’s gold standard for producing snug, hard-wearing dentures. The process isn’t about to change, although behind the scenes it is likely the 3D printer will play a growing role in planning for dentures.

The clinic makes full, partial, implant and immediate dentures – for fitting the same day teeth are removed – and also has an online store selling maintenance essentials.

These include the Caldent cleaning solution, which Ryan says is by far the best denture cleaner on the market. There are also brushes, baths and treatments for pain relief.

Strong demand for services from Dentures Plus often sees the clinic booked weeks in advance, which means for people keen to get new dentures before Christmas, now is the time to plan. 


To find out more, contact Dentures Plus on 03 385 5517 or visit denturesplus.co.nz. The clinic is located at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans.



Canterbury Special Children’s Christmas Party

Friday, June 07, 2019
Dentures Plus is delighted to be a long term major sponsor of the Canterbury Special Children’s Christmas Party. The special children’s Christmas party is Canterbury’s largest party for special children. SCCP works closely with local charities, schools, community groups and government organisations to select these special children. The children invited are unfortunately suffering from one or more of the following: Life threatening illness, physical and intellectual impairment, domestic violence and/or living in underprivileged circumstances.

The goal is simple: To put smiles on these children’s faces for at least one day of the year!

Exciting things happening in the world of dentures!

Thursday, June 06, 2019

“There are exciting things happening in the world of dentures. We’ve really embraced the digital age and its associated technology. ”

Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus has recently been to IDS, the leading global trade fair of the dental industry in Cologne, Germany. “IDS presents the most important concepts and advances for the practices and laboratories of today and tomorrow. I was looking in particular at 3D printing of dentures.“

Ryan says that 3D printing of dental appliances is not only accurate, but it is quick, helps to streamline the making of high quality polymer-based dentures and is far less messy than creating plaster models. It also reduces the amount ofmaterial required and is a rather more pleasant experience for patients.

"As 3D printer techology becomes more accessible the cost of use is also going down. I have been waiting for an all-in-one system that covers virtually the whole process and that is now available from a company called Kulzer. My patients can look forward to 3D printed dentures when I introduce the tecnhnique over the next few months. It will be great for them and stimulating for me as well.“

Improve fit and function

Thursday, June 06, 2019

No matter how realistic they appear, dentures are never as good as well-maintained natural teeth, so anything that improves fit and function is a big deal.

Most first-time denture wearers opt for traditional fitting dentures, although it is telling that longtime users keen for a better experience usually go for implants.

Using small clips embedded in the jaw, implant-retained dentures provide a stronger bite and put an end to worries that a denture could come loose mid-laugh or while eating.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says implants cost more than traditional dentures but few people who make the switch ever regret it.

“You might have only half your bite force with a full lower denture. That can be greatly increased with implants, which makes eating much more pleasant and increases the range of foods you can eat."

“Getting the implants is a simple procedure but it can make the denture much more stable.”

Ryan says people with dentures are often limited to foods they can eat successfully, which can present problems when going to a restaurant or a friend’s house for dinner. For some people, the pain and embarrassment of poorly fitting dentures is enough to stop them going out at all.

With implants, the denture can still be removed for cleaning or any other time the wearer wants, but when attached will stay securely in place.

The clips that hold the denture are implanted by an oral surgeon or dentist and usually take a couple of months to bed in.

The denture, meanwhile, is prepared by a specialist clinic such as Dentures Plus, which has one of the best-equipped facilities in Christchurch.

Implant, regular and “immediate” dentures – which can be fitted the same day teeth are removed – are custom-made for patients using high-tech fabrication processes at the St Albans clinic.

Acrylic is used to produce hard-wearing dentures with the snuggist, most true-to-form fit the industry can provide, while teeth are painstakingly positioned with the tiny twists and turns that ensure a finish indistinguishable from the real thing.

Sometimes a patient’s existing denture can be used for attaching to implants.

“We offer a free consultation to allow us to evaluate your dentures and give you all the options,” Ryan says.

Dentures of all kinds require proper upkeep if they are to remain comfortable and free of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Unfortunately, most cleaning solutions sold in supermarkets do a poor job of removing the plaque and bacteria that can build up on not only the teeth but also the denture, Ryan says.

By far the best cleaning product is Caldent, he says.

Known to be the gold standard in denture cleaning solutions, Caldent is sold over the counter at Dentures Plus or online through the clinic’s website. Solution baths, brushes, pastes and options for pain relief are also available.


 

Implant, regular or immediate dentures - what is the right fit for you?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

No matter how realistic they appear, dentures are never as good as well-maintained natural teeth, so anything that improves fit and function is a big deal.

Most first-time denture wearers opt for traditional floating dentures, although it is telling that longtime users keen for a better experience usually go for implants.  Implants cost more than floating dentures but few people who make the switch ever regret it.

Using small clips embedded in the jaw, implant-retained dentures provide a stronger bite and put an end to worries that a denture could come loose mid-laugh or while eating.

You might have only half your bite force with a full lower denture. That can be greatly increased with implants, which makes eating much more pleasant and increases the range of foods you can eat.  Getting the implants is a simple procedure but it can make the denture much more stable.

People with dentures are often limited to foods they can eat successfully, which can present problems when going to a restaurant or a friend’s house for dinner. For some people, the pain and embarrassment of poorly fitting dentures is enough to stop them going out at all.

With implants, the denture can still be removed for cleaning or any other time the wearer wants, but when attached will stay securely in place.

The clips that hold the denture are implanted by an oral surgeon or dentist and usually take a couple of months to bed in.

The denture, meanwhile, is prepared by a specialist clinic such as Dentures Plus, which has one of the best-equipped facilities in Christchurch.

Implant, regular and “immediate” dentures – which can be fitted the same day teeth are removed – are custom-made for patients using high-tech fabrication processes at the St Albans clinic.

Acrylic is used to produce hard-wearing dentures with the snuggist, most true-to-form fit the industry can provide, while teeth are painstakingly positioned with the tiny twists and turns that ensure a finish indistinguishable from the real thing.

Sometimes a patient’s existing denture can be used for attaching to implants.

Dentures of all kinds require proper upkeep if they are to remain comfortable and free of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.  Unfortunately, most cleaning solutions sold in supermarkets do a poor job of removing the plaque and bacteria that can build up on not only the teeth but also the denture, by far the best cleaning product is Caldent.

Known to be the gold standard in denture cleaning solutions, Caldent is sold over the counter at Dentures Plus or online through our website. Solution baths, brushes, pastes and options for pain relief are also available.


We offer a free consultation to allow us to evaluate your dentures and give you all the options

Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans. Call us on 03 385 5517 or shop online at denturesplus.co.nz. 





 

Don't skip out on your denture care!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Dentures are a significant investment with massive payoffs by way of improved diet, appearance and self-confidence, so it makes sense to maintain them.

However, many people either skip their daily maintenance, use a substandard cleaning product or are missing the regular in-clinic check ups so important for a lasting good fit, this most commonly shows as bad breath.

With tartar and bacteria able to form on the hard surfaces of dentures as well as teeth, people need to take care to clean the hidden and visible parts of a denture

For this, Caldent is the best cleaning solution on the market. Made in Australia, Caldent is dissolved in warm water and used to soak dentures for 15-30 minutes before a light brush to remove plaque and staining.  An overnight soak might be necessary the first time but then once a week is usually enough.  

Caldent is much better than anything you’ll find in the supermarket, which makes it one of the most important products for someone with dentures to have.

If plaque and calculus are allowed to build up, it can change the fit of the denture and cause irritation and soreness to the gums. There's also a chance of ulcers and infection.

Dentures need manual brushing to remove food debris but they also need to be soaked to remove stains, bacteria, plaque and calculus.

Caldent is available over the counter at Dentures Plus or via our website for home delivery. A box of 16 single-use sachets which is enough for four months costs $23.

For especially hard-to-clean dentures, the clinic has a specialised ultrasonic cleaning machine that in a few hours can produce a result that would take a week at home.

There is more to denture maintenance than just cleaning, though.  Teeth wear and eventually need replacing, and normal changes in the shape of the mouth over time can require dentures to be adjusted or replaced.

Once dentures lose their snug fit and start to slip or pinch the gum, eating becomes more difficult, soreness increases and the likelihood of infections grows, to avoid this, professional checkups every 2-3 years are advised.

It's like a warrant of fitness for your mouth. We check the denture, gums, any remaining teeth and the tongue for abnormalities such as potential oral cancers or growths that could turn into a major problem if left unchecked.

A loose denture can cause a lot of unnoticeable problems and disguise issues that could flare up. But if we catch problems early, it's normally a simple fix to get you back on track.

Dentures Plus provides full and partial dentures in a variety of styles, as well as repairs, having the city’s only welder specifically designed for dentures.

Our online shop supplies denture care products, including cleaning pastes and solutions, denture baths, brushes and gels, sprays and solutions for pain relief.


Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans. Call us on 03 385 5517 or shop online at denturesplus.co.nz.



Dentures Plus going 3D

Sunday, April 28, 2019
“There are exciting things happening in the world of dentures. We’ve really embraced the digital age and its associated technology. ”

Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus has recently been to IDS, the leading global trade fair of the dental industry in Cologne, Germany. “IDS presents the most important concepts and advances for the practices and laboratories of today and tomorrow. I was looking in particular at 3D printing of dentures.“

Ryan says that 3D printing of dental appliances is not only accurate, but it is quick, helps to streamline the making of high quality polymer-based dentures and is far less messy than creating plaster models. It also reduces the amount of material required and is a rather more pleasant experience for patients.

"As 3D printer technology becomes more accessible the cost of use is also going down. I have been waiting for an all-in-one system that covers virtually the whole process and that is now available from a company called Kulzer. My patients can look forward to 3D printed dentures when I introduce the technique over the next few months. It will be great for them and stimulating for me as well.“



Dentures Plus - Work Hard - Play Hard

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dentures patients quickly find a lot to smile about as they show off their new teeth, but for the man who makes some of the city’s finest dentures, there’s nothing like motorbike racing to bring out a grin.

Ryan Carlton is the owner of Dentures Plus, and while the clinic in St Albans is bright and clean, Ryan’s spare time is decidedly grubbier, with black leathers, the smell of fuel and the roar of the racetrack filling his weekends.

This month, Ryan’s two passions come together with the Sound of Thunder motorbike racing event at Ruapuna, for which Dentures Plus is the major sponsor.

Ryan will be competing in two classes at the February 23-24 race meeting, and the picture of him tearing around the track, inches from the asphalt, helps explains how Dentures Plus has become one of the city’s most welcoming and down-to-earth practices.

It is also one of Christchurch’s best-equipped clinics, providing new dentures, repairs and refits for patients and dentists from across New Zealand.

Ryan took over the business in 2014, following a period in New Brighton and before that 10 years with the country’s largest denture lab. It was there he met his wife-to-be, Marion, a German-trained denture technician who today helps make up the highly skilled team at Dentures Plus.

With multiple rooms for full denture services, they use the latest techniques and technology to create dentures with a fit and style unique to each person.

The work is precise and has little margin for error. The racetrack holds similar challenges for Ryan, but it’s also a chance to blow off steam so he’s fresh and attuned when seeing patients, he says.

Raised in Fairlie and Dunedin, he didn’t start motorbike racing until 2016, nearly 20 years after he started making dentures.

“I played a lot of ice hockey in Dunedin but I didn’t start racing until a friend loaned me his bike for a race at Ruapuna, and that was all it took – I was hooked,” he says.

“I mainly focus on BEARS racing but I also love street racing, especially the Greymouth Street Race held over Labour weekend.

“Dentures Plus sponsored the Sound of Thunder in 2017 and 2018 and this year I’m the major sponsor. Riders and bikes travel from all over New Zealand, as well as some from Australia and sometimes even further abroad. We also sponsor some other riders to help them do what they love.”

Ryan will be riding his 2010 Buell in two classes at this month’s Sound of Thunder: Milwaukee Iron, for American-built bikes, and Formula One.

With any luck, he’ll be smiling as freely as his patients by the close of weekend.

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Dentures make a difference to the mental wellbeing of wearers every day

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Dentures make a difference to the mental wellbeing of wearers every day by boosting the confidence, and to their physical health by opening up diets to a wider range of foods.

These benefits – and their absence – are never felt more acutely than during the festive season.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says a lot of people in need of new or better dentures approach social events with trepidation.

Worries over appearance, being unable to eat the same food as others and what would happen if a denture slipped out usually top the list of concerns.

But while there are solutions for all scenarios, people often need help taking the first step, Ryan says.

Dentures Plus has a naturally relaxed and friendly environment to ease people into the life-changing transformation dentures can herald. Questions and support people are welcomed and great care is taken to produce highly realistic dentures that look and fit exactly how the patient wants.

“It’s not a scary process and we can help people before or after they've seen a dentist for extractions. If they need, we can recommend a dentist,” Ryan says.

“There are some people who are busy looking after everyone except themselves, so helping someone like that get dentures can really mean a lot, especially at this time of year.”

Patients at Dentures Plus have access to one of the best-equipped clinics in Christchurch. As well as standard full and partial dentures, there are “immediate” dentures for wearing the same day as teeth are extracted, and implant dentures, offering the securest fit of all.

All are made using the acrylic injection method that ensures the most precise fit the industry can produce, for long-term comfort and durability.

Even the best made dentures need adjusting or replacing as the gums and jaw change shape with age, though.

There are wider health issues to consider, too, and as such Ryan recommends a checkup at least every 2-3 years, even if everything seems fine.

"It's like a warrant of fitness for the mouth," he says. “We check the denture, gums, any remaining teeth and the tongue for abnormalities such as potential oral cancers or growths that could turn into a major problem if left unchecked.

“If you've got a loose denture, that can cause a lot of unnoticeable problems and disguise potential issues that could flare up. But if we catch problems early, it's normally simple to fix and get you back on track.”

Denture care products are also available from Dentures Plus, either over the counter or via the website.

This includes the industry-leading Caldent solution, which Ryan says cleans far more effectively than anything sold in supermarkets.

For urgent denture cleaning – before a Christmas party or holiday away, for example – Dentures Plus can provide a one-day clean using Caldent with a specialised ultrasonic machine. This gives a result in a few hours that would take a week at home.

 

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