Although largely unknown in Britain, the telescopic over-denture has been a firm favourite in Germany for more than 30 years. Whilst we British have been suffering the indignities of standard dentures, invented in 18th Century, our German cousins have developed a denture that looks completely natural, stays securely in the mouth whilst eating, talking or laughing and also offers the wearer maximum oral comfort and hygiene.
What is a telescopic denture?
A telescopic denture makes use of the remaining teeth to hold the denture firmly in the wearer’s mouth without the need for clasps, implants or denture adhesive. In many cases there is also no need to have a palate plate!
The remaining teeth are prepared in much the same way as for a normal crown. Primary metal coverings called “copings” are cemented on top of the prepared teeth. Secondary metal copings, that exactly fit over the primary copings are incorporated into the denture. When the denture is fitted, the secondary copings slide neatly into position on top of the primary copings, rather like the two tubes of a telescope! Simple but effective – like most good inventions.
What are the advantages of a telescopic denture?
- A telescopic denture looks and feels more natural
- A telescopic denture stays securely in the mouth whilst eating, talking or laughing. It does not require clasps or denture adhesive
- In many cases a telescopic denture does not require a palate plate
- A telescopic denture is easy to remove and insert for maintaining daily oral hygiene
- The vitality of remaining teeth is preserved very well in the long term by telescopic dentures
- Use of telescopic dentures is very widespread in Germany. Many patients have found that this technology has given them a whole new lease of life!
|Case Study by Rob Jukes BDS|
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