Dentures are removable false teeth that are worn to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are generally made of acrylic and designed to best match your natural teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and is usually made of either acrylic resin or metal. Dentures can be taken out and put back into the mouth, and they are available as either full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be restored. Today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
If you have lost your natural teeth due to damage, decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Dentures offer a natural looking solution, enhancing your appearance and benefiting your health.
Missing teeth can cause the facial muscles to droop, causing a person to look older than they actually are. With the support from dentures, you will appear youthful while being able to enjoy food and speak comfortably, just as if you still had your natural teeth.
Dentures make you look and feel your best, so you can enjoy the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.
Denture treatment typically begins with a thorough check-up where your dentist will evaluate your current dental condition and advise on the best treatment options for your individual requirements. This may involve a full examination of your teeth and gums. For partial dentures, you may also need radiographs to evaluate whether your teeth are strong enough to support a denture. You may need teeth extracted and your healing time will depend on how many teeth are removed.
Your dentist will then take impressions of your mouth so they can custom make your dentures to fit your mouth perfectly. Together with your dentist, you can tailor your dentures' size, shape, and colour to your individual requirements. Both immediate and conventional dentures may involve subsequent visits to get the perfect fit.
Immediate dentures can be manufactured and inserted on the same day as your extractions. Conventional dentures typically take between two to three weeks to produce. When your dentist inserts your denture, they will ensure the fit is perfect for you and continue to make adjustments to make them as comfortable as possible.
If you need dentures, you will probably have experienced significant tooth loss and be missing most or all of your teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who still have some natural teeth remaining. There are several factors that warrant wearing dentures, even for younger people, such as gum disease, tooth decay, or dental abnormalities such as ectodermal dysplasia. There is no age limit on having a beautiful, healthy smile!
Whether you are missing one, two or all of your natural teeth, your smile.com.au approved dentist can create comfortable and natural looking complete or partial dentures to restore your smile.
Full or complete dentures replace all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. These suit patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth.
Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth and are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. These suit patients who have lost just one or a few of their natural teeth and wish to fill in the gap(s) left behind.
Immediate dentures can be manufactured and inserted the same day your remaining teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures can be worn while you are healing from your extractions. Conventional dentures however typically take between two to three weeks to produce. Conventional dentures are also inserted after the gums have healed from any extractions and this can take several weeks.
Some health or dental insurance providers will assist with the cost of dentures, whereas others may not, as the treatment can be considered cosmetic dentistry. smile.com.au members who choose to have health insurance can benefit twice over. Simply receive your smile.com.au member savings at your appointment and claim your rebate from your health insurance afterwards.
The price of dentures is dependent on the type of dentures needed and the materials used. For example, complete dentures will cost more than partial dentures, and chrome-plated dentures will cost more than acrylic.
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Conventional dentures are moulded over the mouth cavity once the teeth have been removed and the gums have had several weeks to heal, whereas immediate dentures are moulded over the gums immediately after the teeth are removed.
Conventional dentures may leave you toothless for over a month, but having them moulded to your healed gums ensures a perfectly comfortable fit inside the mouth cavity.
Immediate dentures offer the appeal of having your new teeth straight away, although because they have been moulded to your gums before they have had a chance to heal and take their final shape, you will be required to visit your dentist for adjustments to ensure they fit in the mouth properly. This can result in ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures, and a higher cost for modifications in the long run.
If the idea of being without teeth for several weeks is too uncomfortable for you, immediate dentures will ensure you are confident with your appearance right after your tooth removal. If you wish to save money and receive dentures that fit perfectly inside your healed mouth, conventional dentures are the solution for you.
It is normal to experience a small amount of irritation but this disappears as your mouth becomes adjusted to your dentures. You may experience pain and discomfort where you have had teeth extracted, however, the severity of pain varies. As dentures are tailored to your personal specifications, you can have your dentures adjusted through the normal healing process to guarantee a comfortable fit.
If cared for properly, dentures are expected to last up to 5-8 years before needing replacement. During this time, they wear out and your mouth changes shape. This is why your dentures will eventually need to be relined or remade to remain as safe, comfortable and natural looking as possible.
Denture relining is reshaping the underneath part of your denture to make it rest more comfortably against your gums. It is an affordable procedure and not a complicated process.
Dentures are a set of fully functioning teeth that look natural and feel comfortable. Missing teeth can cause your facial muscles to droop and create a sunken-cheeked appearance. Dentures can reverse this and restore your smile.
There are risks associated with any extraction. These risks include pain, inflammation, swelling, infection, and prolonged bleeding. There are issues with dentures such as plaque and denture odour. These risks can be managed with proper oral hygiene management.
Dental implants are becoming a popular alternative to restoring teeth as they more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. They are, however, more expensive than dentures, and they require a strong and healthy gum and jawbone for implantation, so not everyone is a candidate for this treatment.
Your smile.com.au approved dentist can assess your individual circumstances and recommend the best solution for you.
It may take a couple of weeks for you to get used to your dentures. During this time, your dentures may feel awkward and uncomfortable as you learn to speak and eat with them. Your mouth will become accustomed to your new dentures with time, and it is important to remember that although they may feel a bit strange at first, they still look great to everyone else!
Dentures are designed to look as similar to your natural teeth as possible, making them almost unnoticeable. They will improve the appearance of your smile and resolve any facial sagging caused by missing teeth.
As your tongue and mouth get used to your new dentures, eating may take some practice at first. It is advised that you begin with softer foods cut into small pieces, and ensure you chew with both sides of your dentures at the same time to avoid any movement of your dentures. Eventually, you will feel comfortable returning to your normal diet without a second thought, but it is important to remain cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp bones or shells.
When you first have your dentures, you may prefer to start with softer foods cut into small pieces. This can include foods like applesauce, pudding, mashed potatoes and yoghurt.
While chewing gum can increase saliva production, it is best to avoid chewing gum where possible. Chewing gum typically pulls at your dentures and may loosen the seal. This could result in your dentures becoming loose at inconvenient times. Chewing gum also sticks to the acrylic plastic in dentures and can remain stuck. Stuck gum will eventually harden and discolour.
Within the first couple of weeks of receiving your dentures, you will be advised to wear them almost constantly, even when you sleep. After this initial period, it is advised that you remove your dentures at night while you sleep to allow the gum tissue to rest and encourage normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva.
Removing your dentures at night gives your gums, bones, and other denture bearing tissues a chance to relax and recover. If you do want to wear your dentures at night, it’s important to properly clean your dentures during the day. This prevents any irritation, odour or disease that can stem from poor oral hygiene management.
Denture adhesive can be used to increase the feeling of security and give you peace of mind that your dentures will stay in place all day. Well-fitting dentures can benefit from this additional retention, but adhesive is not the solution for ill-fitting dentures. If your dentures feel loose or cause irritation and sores, it is advised that you consult your dentist for amendments.
When used correctly, denture adhesives are perfectly safe. It is only when used excessively for ill-fitting dentures that adhesives can cause harm to underlying gums and tissues of the mouth.
Always consult your smile.com.au approved dentist if you wish to make adjustments to your dentures. If a person who lacks the proper training makes any adjustments or repairs to your dentures, it could seriously damage your dentures and harm your health.
If your dentures break, crack or chip, or if one of the teeth suddenly becomes loose, your smile.com.au approved dentist can often make the necessary adjustments or repairs on the same day. Never attempt to solve the problem yourself.
Regular toothpaste is designed for real teeth and contains ingredients that are harmful to dentures. In some cases, bleach, vinegar and soap can also cause damage. To avoid any potential damaging, hand wash your dentures every night with dishwashing liquid and a brush. You can then soak your dentures overnight in a water-based cleaning solution.
Dentures need to remain moist to retain their shape and not dry out. If dentures dry out, they can warp or crack. You can soak your dentures overnight in water or in a water-based cleanser. Do not soak your dentures in hot or boiling water as it may make your dentures warp.
It is important to be very careful with your dentures to avoid dropping and breaking them. You must also brush and rinse them daily with a special denture cleaner to remove any bacteria. The general rule of thumb is to brush, soak, and brush again. Brushing your dentures before soaking them helps to remove any food debris.
Effervescent denture cleaner will help to remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresh and clean. Following this, you should then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this can leave marks.
Most dentists recommend using a small- to medium-headed toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures including the surface that comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture adhesive. If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture professionally cleaned by your Smile approved dentist.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital, even when wearing full dentures. You should brush your gums, the roof of your mouth and your tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush every day to keep your mouth clean and healthy and stimulate circulation in your mouth.
Patients with partial dentures need to brush their teeth thoroughly twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can result in losing further teeth.
Your dentist will advise as to how often you should visit, but it is generally recommended that you return every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning to maintain good oral health so you can continue wearing your dentures with a smile.
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