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Making and Fitting Immediate Dentures

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The first-time or immediate set of dentures is the most important you will ever have made. They are fitted immediately after the extraction of teeth either by an oral surgeon or a dentist. It is critical they are made with the utmost care for the patient’s future comfort and the functionality of the dentures. The position of teeth, how they need to be moved and the change in the patient’s occlusion (the way their teeth come together) are all part of the consideration.

At Dentures Plus their treatment protocol around making and fitting immediate dentures is second-to-none. Ryan Carlton knows that immediate dentures are a major change to your body and that it may take quite some time to adapt to them. They provide comprehensive advice to their patients and are just a phone call away if there is anything you are concerned about. It is their role to solve any problems and to achieve the best outcome for each patient.

Once you have your dentures it is very important to clean them effectively daily to reduce the amount of bacteria that can accumulate on them – just as with natural teeth. Keeping your dentures clean will greatly aid in keeping your whole mouth clean and healthy. They need to be cleaned with denture toothpaste and a brush and Dentures Plus highly recommend Caldent Denture Cleaner.

If you are wanting a new smile for Christmas Ryan says that now would be the time to come in for a consultation. Dentures do take several weeks to design and make.

You will find Dentures Plus at 396 Innes Road. Ryan is happy to take evening appointments up to 7.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to their normal hours.

Having teeth extracted can be a difficult event.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Having teeth extracted can be a difficult event to process and is often compounded by having to face the world immediately afterwards with a mouth full of gums and often nothing else.

It is a concern avoided by many people through use of “immediate dentures”, so called because they are fitted in the dentist’s practice on the same day as extraction.

Custom-made beforehand, immediate dentures also give the talented fabricators a chance to see a person’s natural face shape before teeth are extracted, allowing them to replicate a more realistic look.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says immediate dentures are “very common” at his St Albans clinic, and as with other options, people can pick from a wide variety of high-end teeth to create the style they want.

Put together with an artist’s touch to include the tiny twists and turns of natural teeth, the dentures can be indistinguishable from the real thing.

“They go in straight away so they’ll be a bit tender as the anaesthetic wears off, but they have the benefit of acting like a bandage as well,” Ryan says.

“Because it goes over the extraction sites, immediate dentures cover up the areas that need to heal.”

Dentures Plus uses an acrylic injection machine to produce all its dentures in a way that provides the industry’s highest level of durability and the snuggest of fits.

Between three and five visits to the clinic are required before dentures will be ready for fitting, to be followed by an additional visit shortly after teeth have been extracted to ensure the fit is as expected.

Six months later, a touch up is usually required to account for changes in gum and bone shape. “They’re not holding teeth anymore so their shape changes to reflect that,” Ryan says.

A “re-line” at this point involves Ryan or one of the clinic’s team of experienced clinicians and technicians removing up to 90 per cent of the initial acrylic denture. A new piece is then made from a fresh mould.

Patients can now expect their “immediate” denture to essentially become a permanent denture.

Checkups are an important part of future care, however, and there are several telltale signs that a fit might need adjusting, Ryan says.

These include slipping and frequent sore spots, staining or plaque build-up, and increased reliance on the sticky paste often applied for added grip.

Ryan says people who don’t yet have a dentist can still discuss their denture needs with the clinic, and they have a number of contacts with dentists across the city they can refer people to.

“We always go through everything with the patient and make sure they’re well involved in the process,” he says.

Dentures Plus also supplies high-quality cleaning solutions and other equipment for denture care, available through a new website for easy shopping.

For a free consultation or to find out more, contact Dentures Plus on 03 385 5517 or at denturesplus.co.nz. For over-the-counter purchases, visit the clinic at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans.

Denture specialists expert at problem solving for patients

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ryan Carlton and his team of expert technicians at Dentures Plus in Innes Road are highly skilled in the design and manufacture of flexible partial dentures.

“We also use industry-leading injection moulding equipment for all our dentures, Ryan says, “and we provide dentures not only for our own patients, but also for dentists throughout New Zealand.”

For anyone experiencing problems with their teeth or gums Dentures Plus offers a free consultation to assess their oral health and possible treatment plans, Ryan says. “People needing first-time dentures or immediate dentures can come directly to us and we will work with their regular dentist or if necessary arrange with another dentist for the extraction of their teeth in preparation for getting dentures fitted,” he says.

“Our team are excellent at problem solving for our patients and providing them with a comfortable, functional, natural-looking solution.” Ryan emphasises the importance of keeping dentures clean and healthy to avoid the damage that can occur from wearing them. Dentures Plus offers a full range of products for keeping dentures in tip-top condition, including denture cleaners, brushes and denture baths for soaking the dentures.

He particularly recommends Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non-abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque. All the products can be purchased at the clinic, or through the Dentures Plus website, www.denturesplus.co.nz.

While Christmas is still a few months away, for those people wanting to have new dentures in time for the festive season, now is the time to get the process
underway, Ryan says. “By talking to us now, and getting started, the new dentures will be settled in and comfortable by Christmas, so you can enjoy all the festivities without any denture problems.”

Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Road. To make an appointment to discuss your needs, phone 385 55127.

Our Guide to Immediate Dentures

Thursday, August 17, 2017
An immediate denture is fitted immediately after the extraction of teeth either by an oral surgeon or a dentist. As the clinical dental technician I will take an impression of your mouth with the teeth still in place and in consultation with, and approval from you, manufacture an immediate denture. The following information will assist you to understand the sequence of events during the healing period.

  1. Teeth are removed from your mouth. Stitches may be placed to help the mouth heal. If so, they will dissolve by themselves, unless your dentist tells you differently.
  2. Dentures are inserted to replace your missing teeth and gum tissue. On this day these dentures will feel large and bulky until your gums have healed and shrunken slightly. At which time we may be able to make the dentures thinner and less bulky. The dentures may cause your speech to be altered for a few days. This will disappear soon. We recommend eating soft foods during this healing period. Some weight loss may occur.
  3. Do not take the dentures out of your mouth on the day of extractions, they need to stay in place for the first 24 hours. The new dentures serve as a bandage, similar to a cast on a broken arm, during initial healing. After the initial denture removal and adjustment, you may remove the dentures as needed for cleaning. The dentures may be hard to remove the first time and there will most likely be some discomfort.
  4. Some discomfort is usually present when teeth are removed and immediate dentures are placed. The discomfort is due to one of two reasons: a) The trauma of removing teeth. This will heal rapidly and go away by itself. b) The denture may have a pressure spot. If so, that will be observed and removed by us as soon as you tell us about the discomfort. It will not go away by itself.
  5. If you have been given antibiotics, take them as directed until they are gone.
  6. Use pain relieving pills only until the discomfort has gone. Warm, salt water rinses are highly recommended to help with healing. You may use ulcer creams or gels if you choose to.
  7. Your dentures may be relined with a soft temporary material that makes them easier to wear and speeds healing. That material may be replaced during the healing period. It is not the final denture material. Be careful not to dislodge it when cleaning.
  8. As soon as convenient, place some ice cubes in a plastic bag and place the bag externally on the area where the teeth were removed. This will help to reduce swelling and bruising. However, some swelling and bruising may still occur for a short time.
  9. Healing from tooth extraction continues for up to 18 months. Shrinkage of gums and bone is obvious during that time, but it slows thereafter. We can reline your denture after 6 months as your gums will have settled down by then. You may elect to have a second reline of the denture 18 months after the initial surgery. These relines are not included in your initial fee.
  10. Immediate dentures are a major change to your body. Don’t worry if you are slow to adapt, millions of others have been through this experience. We expect your denture to serve you well for many years.
  11. Please take note that dentures do not work the same as natural teeth and it may take quite some time to adapt to them. During this time eating may be difficult and frustrating and you will most likely need to change your eating habits.
  12. During the first one or two weeks you may notice unpleasant tastes or odours, this is normal as the sockets and your gum tissue heals and will go away. Doing plenty of salt water rinses each day will help.
  13. It is expected you will need to see us quite frequently in the first few weeks as your gums heal, so please phone us if your gums are sore or there is something you are not sure about.
  14. We are here to help… please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any concerns.

Getting dentures can be one of the most life-changing decisions a person will make

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s hard to look your best or feel your most confident when afflicted by dental problems, which is why getting dentures can be one of the most life-changing decisions a person will make.

For denture maker Ryan Carlton, helping people with that kind of transformation was type of rewarding work he knew from a young age he wanted to be a part of.

Ryan grew up in Fairlie, South Canterbury but lived in Dunedin during his high school years, he left to start his training, qualifying as a clinician and going on to develop a wide-ranging skillset at one of New Zealand’s largest dental laboratories.

Now the owner of the busy Dentures Plus clinic in St Albans, he works with a talented team of clinicians and technicians in what is arguably the best-equipped denture practice in the city.

A welding machine specifically designed for denture work is the only one of its kind in Christchurch and allows Dentures Plus to make strong repairs to partial dentures faster and easier than anywhere else. Acrylic injection machines, meanwhile, produces the most comfortable and durable dentures the industry knows how.

Ryan’s passion for the work saw him fly to Thailand earlier this year to research 3D printers for dentures – a technology he says is still some way off. He followed this with a trip to the International Dental Show in Germany, where the latest techniques and equipment are revealed.

It is an increasingly high-tech world linked to what are some of a person’s most intimate concerns, and a field Ryan bridges with ease thanks to an inherently laidback and friendly demeanour.

A bloke at heart, he says it was being able to work with his hands that partly attracted him to denture making; racing motorbikes remains his other passion.

Recently, Ryan made Dentures Plus a family business when he and dental technician Marion married. The couple now have two young girls.

“People can lose their teeth for all sorts of reasons. It might be wear and tear with age, genetic, and of course energy drinks are a big problem with younger people. What matters is that there’s an alternative when they need it,” he says.

To that end, Dentures Plus offers a full range of denture-related services.

These include free initial consultations, the creation of bespoke, ultra-realistic dentures indistinguishable from the real thing, “immediate dentures” for fitting the same day as extractions, and re-lines for long-term comfort and effectiveness.

The clinic also produces high-grade mouthguards for winter sports and supplies a range of after-care products, including cleaning solutions, denture baths, brushes and gels for pain relief. These can be bought either over the counter at the Innes Rd clinic or via the Dentures Plus website.

Ryan says it’s always a priority that patients are well-involved in the process of getting dentures and never feel “out of the loop”.

People who already have dentures are welcome to visit for checkups – something Ryan says should be performed every two to three years.

“That way we can pick up any problems and fix them before they become serious,”
he says.

Smile with confidence

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dentures Plus offers the premium Caldent dentures cleaner to keep your smile looking good by removing all stains and build-up, and also special denture baths and brushes.

Caldent is the best on the market”, says Ryan Carlton, clinical dental technician at Dentures Plus. "Our brushes have double-sided bristles and larger handles, which is particularly good for people who have arthritis or trouble gripping. Our dentures baths are available in a range of different sizes. We use the latest products and technology, as well as continuous training to keep up with the new developments and techniques”.

Ryan, who has 18 years of experience in the industry, says the company’s main focus is on dentures that appear natural. “We want our clients smile to look like nice teeth rather than dentures. We take time to ensure they are happy- it’s about what the clients wants, not what we want”.

Although Christmas seems far away, if you need dentures, now is an ideal time, he says “It takes four or five appointments to fit dentures, and the patient may need several adjustments over a few weeks afterwards for then to settle. To be ready in time for the Christmas season, now is a good time to start thinking about dentures".

Freedom to Smile - Dentures Plus Christchurch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Since taking over Dentures Plus in 2014, new owners Ryan and Marion Carlton have invested ample time and leading equipment into the practice to reflect their impressive degree of expertise , high standards and commitment to their patients.

The practice itself was established in the late nineties and has since become one of the most experienced dental labs in the country for manufacturing flexible partial dentures.

Today there are five dental technicians on-site who contribute a wealth of knowledge. They each bring a specialty skillset to the table, enabling them to cater to a variety of needs and make each patient’s experience a first class one.

Ryan notes that dentures aren’t just for the elderly. They are a functional and aesthetic solution for anyone who has lost teeth due to an accident, medical issues or poor oral health.

Using its new laser welder- the only laser welder in Christchurch made specifically for dental laboratories- Dentures Plus is able to repair broken metal dentures, add or repair wire arms and custom-make dentures to the highest of standards.

It uses Ivobase injection moulded acrylic, which is stronger and better fitting than traditional processing methods. Many patients have commented on the noticeably increased levels of comfort and durability.

As apart of the teams commitment to meeting client’s needs, it has upgraded its website, so you are able to buy denture cleaning and care products online and have them couriered directly to you.

Clean Dentures vital for healthy gums

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

For those with dentures, keeping them clean and well maintained is vital for the health of your gum tissues, says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus in Innes Road.

He and his team of clinicians provide services for full and partial dentures from making and fitting them, follow- care, through to repairs and relining and a full range of dentures cleaning products.

These include dentures cleaners, brushes and dentures baths for soaking the dentures.

One product Ryan particularly recommends is Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non-abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque.

“It works wonders’, he says ‘Years of stains and plaque can be removed wit this product”.

Customers don’t have to make a special trip to Dentures Plus to purchase it; they can order it online here for delivery throughout the country, Ryan says.

People may need to get full or partial dentures for various reasons, such as accidents or tooth decay, and Ryan and his two other clinicians, Nicole Yee and Thomas Gu, will ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible.

“We provide the right treatment plan and solution for our patients. Once we have seen them, we make up the dentures before their appointment with the dentist for the extractions”, Ryan says.

“After the teeth are extracted, the dentures are fitted immediately – this gives a better result”.

A follow-up appointment after a few months will enable the clinician to check that the dentures are fitting correctly and make any necessary adjustments.

Ryan also advises that people with existing dentures should have them checked every two to three years to make sure they are not starting to wear, which could cause discomfort the future. A free, no obligation check-up will determine if the dentures need some attention or even replacing.

A terrific smile at any age makes us feel at our best!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A terrific smile at any age makes us feel at our best, and the team at Dentures Plus in St Albans are there to make sure that your smile stays firmly in place.

Whether you need comfortable and natural looking dentures or sports mouth guards to protect your natural teeth, Ryan Carlton and his team are experienced clinical dental technicians who will work personally with you to make sure that whatever your teething concerns are, the solution is the right one for you.

They provide injection moulded dentures and partial dentures in your choice of acrylic, chrome or flexible resins so that not only are they almost unbreakable, they feel secure in your mouth. All dentures are custom made and designed to be the best possible fit for you giving you the confidence to smile, laugh and eat. Nowadays, dentures are manufactured to look completely natural. Ryan will help you choose an arrangement and style that really suits you.

As all dentures require relining at least every two years, Ryan and the team work quickly to make sure they are give the same great comfort and snug fit as brand new ones. If something does go wrong and your dentures break, Denture Plus will have them repaired and you back out and living life as fast as possible. They also offer implant assisted dentures which offer great support but are still removable. Ryan is happy to talk through all the options with his clients.

The team at Dentures Plus provide custom fitted mouth guards for sports people which not only protect your teeth but also help prevent concussion and jaw injuries. They are available in a range of colours and designs.

Their anti snoring device can help snorers and their partners with sleepless nights and tiredness and they are happy to discuss options with you.

The importance of taking good care of one’s mouth

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new injection moulding machine is one of Ryan Carlton’s significant point of difference at Dentures Plus, the business he bought last year.

The machine is state-of-the-art equipment among clinical dental technicians and Ryan enthuses over the superior product it produces.

“It provides a more precise fit for the denture which is also stronger,” he says.

Formerly from South Canterbury, Ryan trained in Wellington and Dunedin before moving south to Christchurch after he qualified in 2001. When Dentures Plus was put on the market, Ryan seized the opportunity to expand his business and purchase the well known Dentures Plus.

“I have a lot of experience making all types of dentures,” he says.

Ryan can trace his interest in the dental field back to his mother who worked as a dental technician when she was in her early 20s.

“I took art and metalwork at school and always wanted to do something with my hands. Those subjects were perfect training for doing this job,” he says.

Many people under-estimate the importance of taking good care of one’s mouth.

“Teeth are always something that we, as a nation, leave until last. So many other things are put before them. Yet the sooner dental matters are resolved the better. They may prove difficult to fix if they are left too long,” Ryan says.

“Gums can be affected by bacteria growing on dentures which can lead to oral decay and sore, inflamed gums. Dealt with early, the solution can be simple and something that doesn’t cost much.”

He says those looking for a good denture cleaner should not look past Caldent which is sold by Dentures Plus.

Four friendly, highly trained staff provide accomplished back-up for Ryan. They frequently attend training courses to improve their skills and knowledge base.

“We offer a fast-repair service for anyone who breaks their dentures and requires urgent help,” he says.

“We also provide a free consultation in which we check over a client’s dentures and see what the problems are and how they can be resolved."


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