Dentures from Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest
Dentures provide a dependable and affordable option to replace missing teeth and tissue, and restore the look and function of your smile. Dentures are not a perfect substitute for natural teeth, but they can offer great benefits once a patient becomes accustomed to wearing an appliance in the mouth. Removable dentures also provide a cheaper alternative to treatments such as dental implants.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a precision, custom-made appliance which replaces missing teeth and gum tissue. Dentures are fabricated over several appointments as a team effort involving you, your dentist, and a dental technician to optimise the way they fit, look and function. They can sometimes be constructed to fit around dental implants.
Partial dentures fit around remaining natural teeth and can assist with your speaking, chewing and appearance. They can be a good option for someone who is missing a few teeth, but still has several natural teeth which are sound and stable. Prior to receiving a partial denture, the natural teeth should be in good condition, with any restorative needs (such as tooth fillings and crowns) already taken care of.
A full denture replaces all of the teeth on one arch of your mouth. This treatment might be required if someone no longer has any (or enough) sound natural teeth to support a partial denture. A full denture can also assist in speaking, chewing and appearance.
The dentures procedure
If your denture is to be fixed to implants, the implants will need to be placed prior to making your denture. This step would often be completed by a dental specialist to ensure the best possible chance of successful placement, and integration of the implants.
Whether you are receiving fixed or removable full or partial dentures, the next step is then for your dentist to take impressions of your mouth. A trial denture is made of wax in a dental laboratory. This trial denture is used to check fit, comfort and aesthetics at a second appointment. Once any necessary adjustments are made and you and your dentist are satisfied, the finished appliance is fabricated. Your denture is then yours to take home for a test drive, and your dentist will provide you with instructions on how best to care for it. The denture is reviewed and adjusted as necessary at subsequent check-up appointments.
Whether you’re receiving full or partial dentures, they will be constructed over several appointments in order to optimise the way they fit, look and feel. The denture is then reviewed and adjusted at subsequent appointments, and your dentist will give you tips on how to care for your dentures properly.
What are the alternatives to dentures?
Dentures aren’t for everyone; some alternative treatments include dental implants and dental bridges. Your dentist can provide you with advice on the risks, benefits and costs associated with each option, and which might be the most suitable for your unique situation.
Fixing broken dentures
If a denture breaks or requires the addition of new components (such as a denture tooth or clasp), it can often be repaired by a dental technician, rather than needing replacement. Your dentist can help you with your specific circumstances and needs.
Caring for dentures
Here are a few tips for caring for your dentures, and ensuring they last for as long as possible.
- Dentures are quite delicate and could be damaged by even a short fall, so when you’re cleaning your dentures, do it over a softer surface like a towel, or a basin full of water.
- Keep dentures hydrated; never let them dry out. If you have your dentures out of your mouth, it’s essential that you store them in water or a dental solution. Just be sure to never put them into hot water though, as this can cause them to warp out of shape.
- Just like your natural teeth, dentures should be brushed each day to remove plaque and food debris, and help prevent stains.
- An ultrasonic cleaner can be used, but you’ll still need to brush them daily too.
- Don’t forget about your gums, palate, tongue, and any remaining teeth. You should continue to brush these with a soft-bristled toothbrush each day.
Frequently asked questions about dentures
Dentures typically last 5-7 years.
Most dentures should last is 5 years. After that time, your dentures may need to be relined or rebased in order to suit the changing shape of your mouth.
If your dentures have become too ill-fitting after this period of time, they may have to be completely remade in order to adapt to your mouth.
With proper dental care and normal use, dentures can last even longer.
Denture relines should take place on a case-by-case basis.
For a proper set of dentures, the dentures should not need a reline more often than every 2 years.
Although, if you’re having trouble speaking, eating, or if you are feeling discomfort, looseness, and your dentures just don’t feel right, a reline could help to get your dentures back to feeling normal and comfortable.
You should remove your dentures at night in order for your gums and teeth to have a chance to relax from the pressure of wearing dentures throughout the day.
Dentures should also be removed in order to thoroughly clean them as well as your mouth. Dentures should never be worn for a full 24 hours without being cleaned.
However, if required, you are able to wear your dentures over night as long as they are cleaned, don’t irritate your mouth AND spend some time out of your mouth during the day.
Dentures with Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest
If you would like to request a consultation for dentures, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.