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Dentures left unchecked can lead to inflammation and redness of gums...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Habits that have led people to require dentures need to be avoided even after replacement teeth have been fitted, says one of the city’s leading denture providers, warning that neglect is a growing problem among young people seeking treatment.

Ryan Carlton, owner of the Dentures Plus clinic in St Albans, says once dentures have been fitted, people need to take care of them to avoid a repeat of problems.

Regular cleaning with a solution made especially for dentures can avoid the staining and buildup of plaque and tartar that allow bacteria to grow.

Dentures left unchecked can lead to inflammation and redness of gums, which can at times be painful, Ryan says.

“If you keep your dentures nice and clean, your gum tissues stay clean and healthy, too,” he says. “It’s a bit like if you keep wearing old socks, then you’re going to have foot problems.”

Dentures Plus sells the industry-standard of cleaning solutions, Caldent, directly to the public at its Innes Rd clinic and through its website.

A cleaning service for people who want to restore their dentures can be provided in a same-day service that combines Caldent and specialised ultrasonic machine to give in a few hours a clean that would take a week at home.

Denture maintenance involves more than just cleaning, though, Ryan says.

Like natural teeth, denture teeth wear over time and can need replacing.

Changes in the shape in the mouth – something that occurs continuously as we age – can also mean dentures that fit when first made start slipping, pinch the gum, or have gaps with the gum after a while. This can cause loss of function, soreness, and an increase the likelihood of bacteria growth.

“Dentures should be checked every two to three years,” Ryan says.

“It’s like a warrant of fitness for them, so that we can pick up any problems and fix them before they become serious.”

As one of the South Island’s leading denture manufacturers, Dentures Plus provides fitting, fabrication and after-care services through a team of friendly clinicians and technicians.

An onsite laboratory often handles work on behalf of dentists from across New Zealand, while a welder designed specifically for partial dentures allows the clinic to make repairs stronger than anywhere else in the city.

Ryan says high demand for the services of Dentures Plus is a sign the business is on the right track. He notes, however, that the increasing number of people seen by the clinic who need dentures for the first time is indicative of wider problems in oral health.

Dentists are too expensive for many people, and heavy consumption of fizzy drinks is contributing to people in their 20s and 30s requiring replacement teeth, he says.

New dentures by Dentures Plus can change lives by restoring functionality and boosting confidence through a beautiful and natural smile. But preserving what you’ve already got, whether natural teeth or existing dentures, is always best, Ryan says.

To arrange for a free consultation at Dentures Plus, phone 0800 456 902. Care products can be ordered online at

Denture technicians keep abreast of industry developments

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

As registered members of the New Zealand Dental Council, Ryan Carlton and his fellow technicians at Dentures Plus in Innes Road are required to undertake verified training at various courses every year to upskill and keep abreast of new developments in the industry.

“For example, our technicians Thomas Gu and Nicole Yee will be attending a two day course later this year on the fitting of first-time dentures”, Ryan says.

In addition, Nicole has recently spent four weeks in India as part of a course she is undertaking on maxilo facial work, which deals with artificial eyes, ears and noses.

“This is a service we may potentially offer in the future”. Ryan says.

Ryan himself has recently returned from the International Dental Show which was held in Cologne, Germany.

“It’s the largest trade show in the world for the industry, with manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world showcasing their products. There were over 2300 stands- it really was eye-opening”.

Ryan says he was particularly interested in how digital technology is being incorporated into dentistry, for example 3D printing being used at different stages of denture manufacture such as crown and bridge.

“It’s still in the very early stages, and it needs more development but that’s where it’s heading” Ryan says.

He believes that in the future, people that make and fit dentures will be seen as architects rather than technicians, with patients being able to download the pattern for their dentures the architect designed on computer and print them on a 3D machine.

In the meantime, his emphasis the importance of keeping dentures clean. Dentures Plus offers a full range of denture cleaning products including dentures cleaners, brushes and denture baths for soaking dentures.

Ryan particularly recommends 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 with this product”

It can be purchased through the Dentures Plus website.

Dentures Plus specialise in flexible, lightweight and unbreakable partial dentures.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ryan Carlton brings to Dentures Plus, a vast area of expertise and experience, including the role of lab manager at one of New Zealand's largest dental labs.

“My main specialties are in full and partial dentures, implant supported dentures, and mouth guards for sports,” he says.

“I also design and manufacture on-site, bite splints, for those patients who have jaw pain issues, or who grind their teeth at night.”

Today, advances in dentistry have meant many people requiring teeth replacement are now seeking the help of clinical dental technicians like Ryan and his team at Dentures Plus.

Being one of the largest labs of its kind in Christchurch, Dentures Plus creates completely natural-looking partial and full dentures, using modern resins and composite- coated teeth. Making all dentures, splints and guards on-site is unique advantage too.

For patients, this means that your dentures are customised to fit you perfectly, with all the necessary tools available to adjust, tweak and smooth any areas that require adjusting – all while you wait.

“We are quite different here, in many ways. For one, we offer the very latest in injection moulding technology. This method improves the overall fit and strength of the denture, and is also manufactured on-site in our lab.”

Dentures Plus also specialise in flexible, lightweight and unbreakable partial dentures.

“We call them ‘the unbreakable denture’ here,” Ryan says, and are one of our most popular products.”

Also for sale onsite, is a range of denture maintenance products, including a clinic-only denture cleaner, Caldent.

“This product is definitely the best on the market. The supermarket bought brands of cleaners simply don’t compare.”

In his Dentures Plus laboratory, Ryan has five additional staff, including dental technicians.

“With Christmas approaching fast, we are bound to be busy – so it’s best to book in your appointment in the coming weeks.”

With the skill set offered by the team at Dentures Plus right at your fingertips, there's simply no need to put up with the discomfort of your old dentures any longer.

Book now to have new dentures for Christmas!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

While it may seem too early to start thinking about Christmas, anyone looking at getting new dentures fitted before the holiday season starts needs to book in now, says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus.

Appointments are filling up over the next few weeks, and as the process takes several appointments over a few months to complete, people are advised to get in touch as soon as possible to ensure their dentures are settled in by Christmas, Ryan advises.

Patients can approach Dentures Plus directly, who will either recommend a dentist for teeth extractions or contact the patient’s own dentist. The dentures are made up before the dentist extracts the teeth, as this helps the mouth to heal faster. The professional approach taken by Ryan and his staff ensures that the whole process of having dentures fitted goes as smoothly as possible.

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 in the future. This may not be noticeable to the wearer, Ryan says, but a free, no obligation check-up will determine if the dentures need some attention, or even replacing.

The team at Dentures Plus specialise in all aspects of denture work- from making and fitting for first time wearers relining, which is done after the first few months to make sure the new dentures are fitting correctly, though to providing that clip on to implants, and full replacements dentures.
They provide full follow-up care to patients and also supply a range of products for denture- care. These include dentures cleaners, brushes and dentures baths for soaking the dentures. Ryan recommends Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non- abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque.

Dentures Plus - New Zealand’s flexible denture specialists

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Innovation is a mark of the work done by Dentures Plus but now flexibility is also an appropriate byword.

In fact, owner Ryan Carlton describes his company as “New Zealand’s flexible denture specialists.”

Dentures Plus leads the industry in design and manufacture of flexible dentures.

The flexible nylon-based material is most appropriate for partial dentures of one, two or three teeth, but it is possible to include more teeth on the denture.

“They can be made a lot smaller and a lot stronger, too,” Ryan says.

“The technician who makes them would be one of the most experienced in New Zealand using that material.”

Formerly from South Canterbury, Ryan trained in Wellington and Dunedin before moving to Christchurch after he qualified in 2001. His mother had worked as a dental technician when she was in her early 20s.

Since he bought Dentures Plus last year, Carlton has made a considerable investment in state-of-the-art technology, buying a new injection moulding machine and adding a second one to increase his production capacity.

“We make a lot of bite splints for people who grind their teeth in their sleep and for those who suffer from jaw discomfort. The bite splint fits like a small mouthguard over the upper teeth snugly and very comfortably,” he says.

“Teeth grinding can cause issues within the jaw joint, causing muscle pain and pain into the jaw joint. The splint protects teeth. Grinding can do quite a lot of damage to teeth and the noise it makes can be quite horrific for a partner.”

Staff frequently participate in training courses to up-skill so that new techniques and services can be offered to patients.

“We rehabilitate the mouth to give back your smile and function,” Ryan says.

Good mouth care is often overlooked by people.

“Teeth are something that we, as a nation, leave until last,” he says.

“So many other things are put before them. Yet the sooner dental matters are resolved the better. Gums can be affected by bacteria growing on dentures which in turn can lead to oral decay and sore, inflamed gums.”

Ryan says Dentures Plus’s fast denture repair services usually has the job done within one to two hours, a boon to all those who are reluctant to expose gaps in their teeth.

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