BPS Dentures - Bio-functional Prosthetic System Dentures
BPS stands for Bio-functional Prosthetic System and BPS dentures distinguishes itself from standard dentures as they are made by only products from Ivoclar Vivodent brand. These include and not limited to materials and equipment used for primary impressions of the mouth, secondary impressions, composition of and the teeth arrangement, and injection type of acrylic (plastic).
How are your BPS dentures different to other practices that also provide BPS dentures?
Many dental clinics and laboratories are BPS certified, however, additional principles and components are not incorporated whilst fabricating a set of top and bottom dentures. These result in numerous sore spots and adjustments required after the dentures have been delivered and fitted. They are "uncomfortable and don’t seem to work like the old pairs do."
These principles are namely: the bilateral balanced occlusion, or the lingualised balanced occlusion; and the component: the Ivoclar Vivodent tooth set-up guide plane. The guide plane itself is not required to achieve the balanced occlusal concepts but assists the technician to achieve it much easier. Other professionals may argue the 'face bow' is important which is a huge crane-like device that sits on your face locating your ear, jaw, nose bridge in relation to your upper jaw to simulate the individual's jaw movements. However, many users do not use it to the full capacity making it near redundant and time consuming.
Albany Village Dental Centre make sure to include all these principles and use these components to eliminate sore spots and limit the need for an adjustment.
No adjustment or sore spots from new dentures?
It all lies in the teeth arrangement. Most if not all clinicians are able to produce outstanding mouth impressions and capture relatively good top and bottom jaw relationships called the bite registration. However, it is the jagged teeth association between the top and bottom jaw that causes sore spots. Most technicians or clinicians who set up their teeth do so in just an upwards and downwards motion. The human jaw does not work simply in an up and down motion. We chew. This involves sideways, forward, back and circular motion. Compensating Curves (Curve of Spee, Curve of Wilson, Sphere of Monson) are introduced into dentures in order to simulate a smooth circular motion. Within reason, at any one point all teeth cusps are in contact with the top and bottom dentures simultaneously creating an even distribution of chewing forces.
Simultaneous teeth contacts distribute even pressure on your gums preventing sore spots. This is called balanced occlusion.
Provided the food you eat is not rock solid and chew on both sides at the same time, no concentrated pressure point occurs that arises in these sore spots that can lead to aggravating ulcers.
Denture teeth are individually placed
Denture-wearers may have heard clinicians/technician say, "the teeth are individually placed". As of 2019, in New Zealand and Australia, almost all dental clinics and laboratories still individually place their teeth as technology is still lacking refinement. If the principles and component mentioned above are not used, then even the highest quality materials used on the most expensive dentures do not result in a marked improvement in comfort or function as one would have wished for as compared to the lowest grade of materials used in a similar manner.
Our Bio-functional Prosthetic System Dentures and superior ranges have a teeth arrangement different than most other denture makers. This specialised teeth arrangement is called balanced occlusion.
Single top or bottom dentures do not require special teeth arrangement as your own teeth determines and limits the denture teeth placement. Single BPS dentures differ from standard dentures purely in their quality and branding. However, a BPS top AND bottom set of dentures differ in that way as they require to work in harmony with each other.
Disharmony is the cause of sore spots like a vehicle on a gravel road as compared to a nicely smoothed tar-sealed road. In this manner, a single top or bottom set of dentures are not in harmony with your own teeth hence the need for adjustments to minimize this disharmony.
Why do other practices not use balanced occlusion?
All dental professionals have been taught or have come across the phenomenon but do not practice it. Some do not see it as necessary or simply they cannot achieve it due to biological or technical reasons. Tradition methods have sufficed without significant issues. Balanced occlusion is relatively difficult to muster, and many do not have the equipment and/or the skill. It is time consuming and somewhat an expensive practice, hence, the most acceptable justification of the cost other than the higher quality of materials.
Our experienced technician designs and fabricate dentures in-house to ensure accuracy, precision, quality control, and personal guarantee.
What to do with your broken filling
It’s frequent and common in occurrence, to have been eating on something too hard, or not expected to be included with the food, and the freighting crack sound will appear, announcing broken filling, or broken tooth or a mix of both options.
Foreign objects in food, food that is too dry, frozen, or even bad baits of biting on hard objects are all common causes of broken teeth.
This situation can be as simple as a small chip of the restoration, and in such case it might not cause any pain, and sometimes the chipped filling gets swallowed , and I have seen a few people who would not notice the missing part, till it gets pick up on the next routine check up.
The broken filling can get more involving , and cause the inner side of the tooth to be exposed , which will cause the affected tooth to be sensitive to temperature changes . Such a case will require an immediate action of replacing that filling, or even getting a temporary filling arranged, till a further treatment can be done.
It can also be involving a bigger part of the tooth, and extending to the nerve part, which will cause severe pain almost instantly , due to the sudden change after the mechanical fracture, in more complicated cases the tooth itself can be cracked, or the root can be fractured , which is a catastrophic event for the tooth itself.
The most common option to restore a broken filling is to have the filling replaced, when there is no much tooth structure to restore, a crown of chosen material might be the ideal option for a longer term restoration. In those cases when the nerve part of the tooth is affected , a root canal treatment might be required before having a crown over the tooth. Or the worse possible when the root of the tooth is broken , affecting the foundation of the tooth, in that case a tooth extraction might be the only treatment option.
At Albany Village Dental we offer two main types of teeth whitening systems, the first is the at home system and the second is in office Zoom whitespeed , which is one of the few genuine Zoom teeth whitening systems on the North Shore.
The At home Zoom whitening system is relatively simple, it involves obtaining impressions from your upper and lower teeth, then custom made whitening trays are fabricated. We also supply you with a whiting kit and material, and provide the needed training to use it to get the optimum whitening result.
Over the long experience from using the Zoom whitening systems we found having properly spaced trays get better faster results to we have our own way of fabricating the whitening trays. They also have less chances of overfilling, a mistake that is very common in using the whitening trays, especially when no training is given to clients upon supplying them with whitening materials.
In addition to our comprehensive training, we provide you with a link to clinical demonstration,
The best timing for the common Zoom whitening concentration we use is about an hour and a half daily use over seven days, ten days will be the maximum needed time especially for difficult cases. We also recommend keeping the trays in a cold clean environment inside their pouches, as a two day maintenance every 4-6 months will keep the result if not even improve it with time. We provide our clients with refill syringes after the initial kit runs out which is usually around a year time. The refill is a cost effective way as well.
Most whitening materials have around one year of shelf life, and they should not be used beyond that date, and they won’t be as effective anyway past that time. The Zoom Whitening system is made in USA, and the most shelf life we get on it is 12- 13 months. Hence we always stock small amount s and make sure we get it as fresh as possible for our clients. If not in stock we usually get it to you overnight, which is by the time the custom made trays are fabricated usually.
The Zoom at home whitening kit is the recommended way for clients who had at office whitening system done in the past two years and then like a bit of maintenance or even get further whitening.
Unfortunately teeth whitening systems are poorly regulated at the current time, leading to fake and replicas been sold over the internet and on social media, these can harm your teeth, and some of them use bleaching materials, which can result in grey to translucent shade of white, rather than actual teeth whitening . Our advice is to make sure that your provider is a dental professional, and what they are using is a reputable brand.
So if you after some whiter pearly whites, then give us a call or contact us on our website and we will find the best way to get you the optimum whiting result , using a reputable patented material and system, with very competitive prices.
Q: ‘A denture tooth has popped off/ cracked/ chipped/Fix False Teeth. Can you fix this?’
A: Yes–if the broken part is either the teeth or acrylic (plastic). Flexible and metal framework are generally unrepairable. Dentures at Albany Village dental are treated with special care:
Why are flexible and metal plates not repairable?
Flexible dentures are virtually ‘unbreakable’;however, the teeth are not. They are susceptible to breaking or being ‘popped off’ from the plate. This is because the teeth and flexible nylon material are not compatible. They are bound together only by mechanical interlock with grooves and holes through the neck of the tooth. Correctly re-adding a tooth onto a flexible is rebasing the entire plate.
Metal framework will need to be replaced. Soldering is not cost effective. The acrylic part can be repaired or added onto metal substructures.
Case dependent but generally $120-450.
Come and visit us at Albany Village Dental to explore the options available. There may be other solutions available!