Telescopic Denture

Telescopic Denture

Dentures are held in place using telescopic crowns on your own teeth

How do Telescopic Dentures work? 

The way telescopic dentures works, is the dentures are held in place using telescopic crowns on your own teeth, without seeing or using any hooks being connected to the denture. They were invented in Germany by Professor Koerber in 1968 as a German precision partial denture (without clips). In most cases, telescopic dentures don’t affect your speech.

How are Telescopic Dentures fitted?

One telescopic crown or an inner cap is cemented permanently onto your tooth, the other outer cap on top looks like your teeth and combines with your denture. If you can imagine two cups representing the top crowns being stuck together, when you pull them apart you feel resistance. This is how the telescopic denture is held in place.

The remaining teeth are prepared with a drill so that a ‘cone; crown can be fitted over the tooth. This crown is in the shape of a cone with a 5 taper, and not the normal bell shape of a natural tooth. This cone crown is technically called a primary crown and it is permanently cemented over the prepared tooth.

If a sufficient number of secondary crowns are incorporated into the body of the partial dentures there is no need to cover the palate (roof of the mouth).

Photo of Telescopic Denture
Photo of Telescopic Denture

How many teeth are needed to support Telescopic Dentures?

Telescopic Dentures can be fitted to a few remaining teeth but need the support of a minimum of two teeth per jaw. Ideally, one on each side, usually only between 2-6 teeth are required. The denture may also extend to 6-8 teeth. It depends on the condition of your teeth. If you lose teeth later or years down the
track, teeth can be added to the dentures, so there is no need for new dentures to be remade.

Can you attach Telescopic Dentures to Dental Implants?

Yes. If you have had implants telescopic dentures can be attached to those implants. Telescopic Dentures classically fit to cone crowns on natural teeth but can also fit to abutments on implant fixtures, similar to Syncone All-on-4 Implants Dentures.

Can you put Telescopic Dentures to Mobile Teeth?

Yes, telescopic dentures can even be used on slightly mobile teeth where most dentists would actually extract those teeth for a full denture or implants. That is not necessary with telescopic dentures. So, it’s a double advantage here because it’s more cost-effective as opposed to All-on-4 or other implant solutions,
so you don’t need implant surgery when you have a few teeth.

Does food get trapped in Telescopic Dentures?

Food entrapment occurs when you don’t have the right design or fitment. You need the right team of dental technicians and dental specialist to
have the perfect fit. The fixed but removable telescopic denture allows for ease of cleaning and simplicity of denture repair if required.

Photo of Telescopic Denture
Photo of Telescopic Denture

What are Telescopic Dentures made from?

Because the plate itself is made from Chrome Cobalt, which is a high bio-compatible material, it’s accepted by the body and not rejected. This has been used in dentistry and medicine for many decades. In telescopic dentures it’s been used since 1982 and it’s a good strong material. The actual teeth are made out of
composite, so the colour can be made to suit or match any desired colour. The cone or primary crown is made from a variety of materials including cast stainless steel and zirconia.

A secondary crown made of the same material is designed to frictionally fit intimately over the cone crown and is incorporated into the telescopic denture.
In actual fact, the amount of retentive force required to unseat the Telescopic Denture is about 2kg.

Today modern dental restorations help thousands of people improve their lives. With the latest technologies and materials, individual teeth- or even entire rows of teeth- can be replaced for a natural looking appearance and restored function.

We invite you to learn more about the many options available to you. Ask your dentist about regaining a natural, self confident-smile.

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