Dentures & Prosthetics

What are dentures?

Partial and complete cosmetic dentures are designed for patients who have lost some or all their teeth due to dental hygiene issues, sports-related injuries, chronic illness, or facial trauma.

What is the process?

We restore your smile by providing dentures to suit your needs:

  • Partial dentures in plastic, metal or a combination of both.  All are Australian Made by reputable dental laboratories.
  • Complete dentures, including ones that are placed immediately after tooth removal.

Both our dentists have been crafting and fitting dentures over many years of working with a range of patients and their unique problems.

Cosmetic dentures can be made from acrylic or metal, depending on your individual circumstances. Our dentist will determine which is more appropriate for you, after a detailed examination including X-rays and a bite assessment.

While individual circumstances and results vary, partial and complete cosmetic dentures can give you beautiful, confidence-boosting results for years to come.

To find out if they’re right for you, please contact us for an assessment.

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Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile.

If you’ve lost all your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth— which are things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all your teeth, your facial muscles can sag and that makes, you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. We can make them to closely resemble your natural teeth so your appearance hardly changes much. Dentures might even improve the look of your smile.

Types of dentures:

  • Conventional. We make this full removable denture and place it in your mouth after your remaining teeth have been removed and all the tissues have healed — which might take several months.
  • Immediate. We insert this removable denture on the same day that the remaining teeth were removed. Our dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but you might need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over the small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.

New dentures might feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They might feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue are learning how to keep them in place. It is not unusual if you experience minor irritation or soreness. You might find that your saliva flow increases temporarily. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.

Follow-up appointments with us are generally needed after a denture has been inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted.

Dentures and good dental hygiene

Even if you wear full dentures, you must still practice good dental hygiene.

  • Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth thoroughly every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.  This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.

Brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque.

  • Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all its surfaces so they don’t get scratched.

Brushing can also help keep the denture´s teeth from staining.

  • When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
  • Occasionally, denture wearers might use an adhesive. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Our dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives.  Look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, as they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

If you have any questions about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact us.

Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too.  Our dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit you properly.

Book an appointment to find out more.