The staff took excellent care of me and reassured me at each visit. I can now smile without embarrassment and can eat and drink without pain or having to avoid certain foods or hot drinks.
- Janice I -
Implant & Principal Dentist
Harry is amongst a few dentists in Scotland trained in Telescopic Dentistry. This German invention is based on a high precision appliance attached to teeth and/ or dental implants for patients with compromised dentition.
Diploma in Dental Implants, Berlin, 1999
Cert. in Dental Implantology, (DGI) Göttingen, 2003
MSc: Dental Implantology, Berlin, 2007
MSc: Implant Periodontology, Berlin, 2017
Member of the German Association of Dental Implantology
Member of the ITI International Team for Implantology
What you can expect from telescopic dentures
What are they?
Telescopic dentures are an alternative to traditional partial or full dentures. Their main difference is that they use your own remaining teeth as a support or, if no teeth are left, they could be attached to dental implants. They comprise of two types of crowns, the inner and outer, made of metal or porcelain.
Inner crowns are cemented on a previously prepared (reduced in size) natural teeth.
The outer crowns are embedded in the denture. When the wearer places the denture in their mouth, the outer crowns fit exactly over the inner crowns.
The device is designed so that you can easily remove it but once it is in place it fits tightly and does not fall out at inopportune times
How do they stay in place?
The success of telescopic dentures falls to friction, i.e. how the crowns interact.
The oldest and most widely used are the cylindrical crowns because there is a ‘tight fit’ between them that cause friction.
If you have trouble understanding all of this, picture two magnets; you will be met with resistance if you try to pull them apart. The same logic can be applied to telescopic dentures; you will not easily force the copings apart.
How many teeth do I need to support these dentures?
Years of what can be called ‘dental patchwork’ might have left you with very few teeth. The more and strong teeth that are present, the better for the stability, but for telescopic dentures to fit securely in place sometimes as little as two teeth on each side of the jaw could be enough.
Why choose these dentures over other methods?
Telescopic dentures fit comfortably and resemble natural teeth. It is possible to design the denture to look more like a bridge: slim and with minimal acrylic covering your gums, however if we are working with very few teeth, there may be a need to design it more like a traditional denture, to cover your gums or have palate bar, but there is no need for metal clasps.
Nevertheless, with telescopic denture you would not face speech impediments or insecurity and your ability to chew would improve substantially.
Come and have a consultation with Dr Smith to see what can be done to help you smile and enjoy your food again
Telescopic Dentures Gallery
Have you lost all or some of your natural teeth? Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not the only solution, thanks to advances in modern dentistry. Have you heard of dental implants? Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence.
This is how they work:
Dental implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw in place of a missing tooth.
Once established, crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto the implants, creating a natural-looking and stable restoration.
When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to resorb or disappear over time. When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels, preventing bone loss.
Retained bone structure prevents the face from acquiring a 'sunken' look.
Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite as usual.
Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.
If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture.
Here is how it works:
A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance.
After impressions are taken, a denture is designed in a dental laboratory.
Dentures are made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove them for cleaning.
When you wear a denture for the first time it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.
A solution to replacing several missing teeth.
Designed to give you a natural-looking smile.