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Implant-supported Dentures

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dentures can be hard to get use to, and even people who have worn dentures for years can still struggle with eating and the movement that can occur.

Getting new dentures or a reline can often solve these issues, but not always, especially with a full lower denture.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says people might have only half their bite force with a full lower denture, so anything that improves the fit and reduces slippage of the denture is extremely helpful.

Implant-supported dentures are one of the best solutions here, Carlton says.

Essentially an upgrade to floating dentures, they clip onto tiny metal implants that remain in the gum, allowing people to remove the denture whenever they want but providing much greater security when attached.

“They can greatly improve your bite force, which makes eating much more pleasant and increases the range of foods you can eat.

“Denture wearers are often limited to what foods they can eat successfully, so going out to restaurants or a friend’s house for dinner can present a lot of problems – some people will avoid going out altogether to avoid the pain and embarrassment.

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

Implants are placed by an oral surgeon or dentist and usually take a couple of months to bed in before the denture is fitted.

Implant, regular and “immediate” dentures, either full or partial, are made by Dentures Plus at its St Albans clinic.

In every case, the denture is customised to the wearer’s preferences, using the acrylic for the most comfortable fit possible and high-grade teeth that are positioned with the tiny twists and turns that make them indistinguishable from the real thing.

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

“A free consultation with us will allow us to evaluate your dentures and give you all the options,” Carlton says.

While implant dentures are a popular choice among people who already have dentures and want to improve their experience, first-time wearers often opt for “immediate dentures”. These are fitted the same day teeth are extracted and allow people to avoid the embarrassment of walking around without teeth.

With all denture types, proper upkeep is essential if they are remain comfortable and free of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Unfortunately, many cleaning solutions sold in supermarkets do a poor job of removing the plaque and bacteria that builds up not only on the teeth but the denture itself, Carlton says.

The best cleaning product by far is Caldent, he says. Dentures Plus sells this directly to the public either over the counter its clinic on Innes Rd or online via its website.

Other cleaning products, such as solution baths, brushes and pastes, are also available.

Immediate Dentures

Friday, May 25, 2018

You start the day with bad teeth and gaps in your smile and end it beaming proudly to all and sundry. Such is the effect of immediate dentures.

Fitted the same day as teeth are extracted, immediate dentures are the top choice for most first-time denture wearers, says clinician Ryan Carlton, the owner of Dentures Plus in St Albans.

As well as allowing people to avoid the embarrassment of a collapsed-looking face, they also help gums heal after teeth have been removed, acting as a bandage over tender tissue, he says.

Dentists fit such dentures immediately, however, the actual crafting of dentures is done by specialized clinics, and choosing a clinic independently gives people added control over quality, Carlton says.

Dentures Plus operates one of the most technologically advanced clinics in New Zealand and regularly produces dentures for dentists around the country. It is also home to the only laser welder in Christchurch specifically designed for the repair of metal partial dentures.

Patients who visit the clinic directly find a relaxed, friendly environment that soon puts them at ease, says Carlton, a motorbike enthusiast often found at the racetrack in his spare time.

“There are a variety of reasons people might need to get teeth extracted, and getting your first set of dentures can be quite a daunting decision to make. We always try to make people feel as comfortable as possible about it. We also keep them informed through the whole process,” he says.

Gums change shape quite soon after teeth are extracted, so follow-up visits to adjust dentures are usually required a week or two after they are first fitted. There is no charge for this at Dentures Plus.

After about six months, once the surrounding bone and gums have settled into their new shape, a final reline is made and “immediate dentures” become permanent.

The teeth, carefully chosen and positioned according to clients’ wishes, remain the same throughout.

To maintain dentures in good condition, Dentures Plus supplies the industry-leading Caldent cleaning solution, either over the counter at the clinic on Innes Rd or via its website.

“It’s the best stuff on the market. It works far better than anything else,” Carlton says.

“Sometimes people have bad breath and it’s actually coming from the denture. Plaque and tartar will build up on any hard surface and that can lead to sores and bacteria. Soaking in Caldent removes all that and gets the denture back to the nice clean acrylic.”

Anyone unsure which dentist to see for extractions can get a referral from Dentures Plus at their first consultation, which as with aftercare, is free.

Problems Associated with their Dentures

Monday, April 30, 2018

People may not be aware of any problems associated with their dentures. When they develop slowly over time, they adapt and think it is normal.

“Common issues we see with denture wearers are sore or irritated gums, difficulty eating properly, loss of lip or facial support, more wrinkles around the mouth, sore jaw, increased headaches, loose or slipping dentures, and sores at the corners of the lips,” says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus.
He says pressure and or rubbing can be quite painful, usually a result of chewing but also clenching of teeth or bruxism (grinding the teeth). Other causes may be hard foods, like small seeds getting underneath dentures, or denture teeth that need adjusting, relining or replacement.

Worn or ill-fitting dentures can make it hard to chew and eat properly. As the teeth flatten off over time it’s harder to cut and chew food effectively. Worn teeth also lose their height and bring the lower jaw up further, compressing the lips and giving the face a sunken-in look, more wrinkles, and sores at the corners of the lips. “Dentures need to be replaced to resolve this. Worn teeth can also lead to a sore jaw and headaches as it puts more pressure on the joint and surrounding muscles.”

“Many patients worry new dentures will make them look ‘horsey’ or ‘all teeth’, but although they may show a little more teeth with new dentures, they should look natural - like they belong to the face. At Dentures Plus we make sure each patient is very happy with the final result, including their look and smile.”

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.

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."

The Press - Interview with Ryan Carlton of Christchurch's Dentures Plus

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dentures made using the latest acrylic injection method give users the best chance of a snug, comfortable fit in keeping with teeth that are already indistinguishable from the real thing.

However, even with the best dentures on the market require regular checks and upkeep if they are to give wearers the best performance and feel, dentures artist and clinician Ryan Carlton says.

Ryan, who runs the Dentures Plus clinic and laboratory in St Albans, manufactures dentures directly for patients as well as for dentists from across New Zealand who rely upon his expertise in this advancing field.

An acrylic injection machine, like that used by Dentures Plus, is the surest way to create a mould that fits comfortably over the gums, as the process is far less likely to result in shrinkage or loss of shape in the cooling phase of production.

Nothing, however, can prevent the mouth changing shape, Ryan says.

“Like the rest of the body, the mouth isn’t immune to the effects of ageing, and that’s one reason we recommend dentures be checked every two or three years. We can make sure they’re fitting well, because that’s very important to preventing buildup of bacteria and inflammation where gaps may be forming,” he says. Sometimes people might not even be aware there’s a problem and a check-up by someone who knows what they’re doing can help catch potentially seriously problems at an early stage.”

Infection is the most common concern with poorly fitting dentures, though regular inspections have been known to identify mouth cancers before they’ve become advanced, Ryan says.

Also working at Dentures Plus are clinicians Nicole Yee and Thomas Gu, who like Ryan spend time consulting with patients to find the best solution for each situation.

Support in manufacturing dentures is provided by Paula Brickman and Marion Carlton, while practice manager Paulette Dench is usually the smiling face most people see at reception.

Together, they compromise one of the South Island’s most experienced and forward-thinking denture teams.

Free initial consultations let people raise any questions they might have, while people simply wanting to look after their dentures can find some of the industry’s most effective cleaning products available at the clinic, provided at low prices direct to the public.

For cleaning solutions, Ryan recommends Caldent, which he says is “head and shoulders above what you’ll find on the supermarket shelves”.

Caldent and other care products can be bought via the Dentures Plus website and couriered to users at home, or picked up in person at the Innes Rd clinic.

Consultations are always private and Ryan says many patients return to Dentures Plus for the empathetic and good-natured approach of staff.

“When you see people’s confidence come back with a beautiful new smile, it’s very rewarding for us too,” Ryan says. “Helping people is a big part of why we do this.”

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 denturesplus.co.nz.


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