A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding gums. There are two types of dentures available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. You may be given an immediate denture, which is inserted immediately after extractions to avoid being without teeth. Immediate dentures are often a temporary solution to your allow gums to heal before a more permanent denture can be fitted.
Dentures don’t last forever. Your denture is likely to last eight to ten years, requiring a reline every three to four years. Over time, your denture will become worn and won’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline it regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last.
Dentures come in many different types, depending on individual need. The cost of a denture will depend on the type that you require. With more denture clinics opening all over Australia, many offer price reductions and special deals. Choosing your denture provider based on price alone may mean you miss the opportunity to discover just how comfortable and perfectly matched a denture can be. At your initial consultation, we will assess your needs and discuss your questions. Then, we’ll talk about denture costs before we begin treatment.
Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth. You’ll be able to speak, chew and look just like someone with natural teeth. It’s a good idea to provide us with a photo of yourself with your original teeth, so we have a better understanding what you need.
It will take some time to adjust to your dentures, and everyone is different. The muscles of your cheeks and tongue need to learn how to keep your denture in place. You may experience some soreness or irritation at first, however this will settle down over time.
At first, your new denture may affect your ability to eat. It’s a good idea to practice with small soft pieces of food. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It will feel a little uncomfortable at first and you’ll need some time to adjust.
You may have some difficulty saying certain words. However with practice and time, you’ll become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture. We recommend spending extra time practicing on those hard to say words.
Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible, so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. Your denture could even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
You’ll be provided with a starter pack that includes a daily denture care information leaflet and a sample of Polident denture cleanser. The best way to clean your denture is by holding it over a sink filled with water or over a folded towel. This will prevent it from being damaged if you drop it. Never use regular toothpaste on your denture, it is too abrasive and will cause damage.
We usually recommended that you remove your denture while you sleep however your dental prosthetist will discuss this with you. T’s a good idea to leave your denture out of your mouth for at least eight hours a day, to give the tissue supporting your denture a chance to rest.
When your denture is not in your mouth, you should store it in the denture box provided. This will protect it from unforeseen loss or damage.
If you notice your denture is hurting, you’ll need to contact our clinic and arrange an appointment. It’s usual to experience some sore spots at first. We recommend that you leave the denture in your mouth for as long as possible before you come in for your appointment. This will allow us to see the cause of the problem and resolve it with slight adjustments.