Our teeth are designed to last a lifetime.
Sometimes however, despite our patient’s best efforts, they lose their teeth through aggressive gum disease, tooth loss or even injury. And it can be devastating, not only to their looks and confidence, but to their overall health.
By replacing your lost teeth with a set of dentures, it can improve your quality of life by making it easier to speak and eat whilst also supporting your facial muscles to reduce sagging and improve your appearance.
The Difference In Dentures
We offer two different kinds of dentures: Complete and Partial. You can see both of these below.
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Meet Ed, Our Clinical Dental Technician
Ed is our in-house Clinical Dental Technician who specialises in the manufacture and fitting of dentures, and he knows from first hand experience that one of the hardest tasks in dentistry is to make dentures that fit comfortably, work well and restore the patient’s smile.
Rather than sending impressions to an outside technician, Ed creates all dentures himself for a better fit. He completes at least 150 hours of Continued Professional Development every five years to make sure he stays up to date so he can continue to provide the best possible service.
Ed works closely with dentists and can also provide partial dentures.
When all of the teeth are missing on either the top of the mouth, the bottom or both, complete dentures are fitted over the gums and jawbone to replace them.
When only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures are used to fill the gaps. These partial dentures are made from a plastic, nylon or metal plate with the false teeth attached to it. This plate usually clips onto your natural teeth with metal clasps to hold it in place.
We would love to help you through your dentures journey.
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HOW ARE THEY APPLIED?
Here are some tips to consider when applying denture adhesives:
WILL THEY MAKE ME LOOK DIFFERENT?
No, if dentures are done correctly then they shouldn't make you look any different. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth there should be only a small noticeable change in your appearance. So in some cases it can even improve a persons smile and fill out their facial appearance.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.
WILL THEY CHANGE HOW I SPEAK?
Speaking may seem odd at first. You might feel you are lisping, clicking or even that your voice has gotten louder.
There is no need to be embarrassed about speaking; other people are much less aware of the awkwardness than you are.
The material dentures are made of conducts sound in the same way the bones in your skull do. In the same way that your voice sounds different when you listen to a recording this is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else.
A few days practice should lessen all of these effects. Your tongue has to learn where your new teeth are.
If you click, try speaking more slowly. Your muscles have to get used to holding lower dentures in place.
If you feel you are lisping speak slowly. Try to bite down & swallow before speaking. This places your dentures in position so you can speak more clearly.
WHAT DO DENTURES FEEL LIKE?
If you have never had dentures they may feel a little strange or even slightly loose for several weeks this is just until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue relax and help keep them in place and it is comfortable inserting and removing them.
Sometimes minor irritation or soreness can occur and for saliva flow to increase when dentures are first woren, but these problems will go away as the mouth adjusts.
WILL DENTURES LET ME EAT NORMALLY?
For the most part, yes, however you will probably have a settling in period where your mouth is getting used to having the dentures in place. Also, eating sticky or hard food might take some practice and we advise against chewing gum. Some people experience a small amount of difficulty eating at first but using a small amount of denture adhesive will stabilise them and hold them in place until you get used to them.
IS IT OK TO SLEEP IN MY DENTURES?
We do not recommend sleeping with your dentures in place and you should never wear them for 24 hours straight without performing proper oral hygiene. Our advice is that you take them out when you’re getting ready for bed, clean them properly and store them safely. By taking them out you will give your gums and bones a chance to ‘breathe’ and relax.
WHICH TYPE OF DENTURE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Depending on how many teeth we need to replace, and the general health of your mouth, will determine which kind of denture is best for you.
However, if you have had all of your teeth removed on your upper or lower jaw (or both) and the tissue is healthy we will fit you for a set of full dentures.
If you are only missing a few teeth, partial dentures are probably a better solution.
CAN YOU WEAR 24 HOURS PER DAY?
Ed our denture expert will instruct you as to how long to wear dentures and when to remove them. We have found during the first several days after receiving your denture, you may be asked to wear it all the time, including while you sleep.
Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way for Ed to identify the areas in which the denture needs adjustment. Then once adjustments are made, you should remove dentures before going to bed.
This allows gum tissues to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. The denture can be put back in the mouth in the morning.
ARE DENTURES MY ONLY OPTION?
No. Dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth.
Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
Denture Secured With Dental Implant
A perfect smile after Treatment
Advice for Aftercare
Dentures take up a lot of space in your mouth so you are much more likely to feel food remnants collecting underneath them than someone with natural teeth.
You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste.
Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth. Don’t use hard bristled toothbrush or brush too hard as you can make grooves in the denture. Brush your dentures with toothpaste or soap and water before soaking them to remove food particles. Make sure you brush ALL the surfaces, especially if you are using an adhesive.
Soak them in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria (follow the manufacturer's instructions) brush them again as you would your normal teeth (but don't scrub them too hard!)
If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, ask us about getting the denture cleaned.
It is important not to use any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures. Do not use boiling/very hot water to soak your dentures as the plastic may warp.
Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Most dentists recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular visits allow your dentist to check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks.
These examinations are important so the dentist can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Full denture wearers should check with their dentist about how often they should visit. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.
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