Types of dentures
There are two types of dentures, complete and partial. Complete dentures are made when there are no natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are made when there are natural teeth remaining. Dentures can vary greatly in design, processing time and cost so it is always best to have a discussion directly with your dentist to find out exactly what your options are. Your dentist will discuss the best option for you explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.
How many visits will it take?
For straight forward cases, making your denture involves:
- taking initial impressions of your teeth and jaw;
- construct a custom tray
- from these impressions we will create working models and construct custom tray
- the custom tray is then used to take a more accurate impression of your teeth
- the dentist will also take a registration of your bite to ensure you denture functions well
- teeth will then be set in wax so that you can see if you are happy with the appearance, shape and colour
- Once you and the dentist are happy, your denture will be made using permanent materials
- Your finished denture will be fitted and adjusted so it is comfortable
- After one week we like to see you again to check the fit of your denture again
Making your denture may require more or less appointments depending on your unique situation.
What to expect from your denture
Any new denture, especially if you haven’t had one before, will take some time to get use to. You will notice your speech is slightly strange for the first few weeks but it will return to normal once your tongue gets use to your denture. New complete dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual for minor irritation to occur when you first start wearing your new denture. Once you start chewing you may notice some areas are uncomfortable. Do not persevere if you notice sore spots as the continued rubbing will create an ulcer. Please call us if you notice any issues with your denture.
Unfortunately, due to normal wear and natural changes to your face, jaw and gums, dentures do not last forever and eventually you will have to have your dentures relined or remade.
Regular dental visits
It is important to maintain you regular dental visits so your dentures and mouth can be examined to check the fit of your denture, signs of oral diseases or cancer and to have your existing teeth checked and cleaned. Follow the steps below to ensure your mouth stays healthy between dental visits.
Daily denture care
Remove your dentures before going to bed each night to give your gum tissues time to rest
Clean your dentures with a soft toothbrush and mild liquid soap or approved denture cleaner twice daily
Clean your dentures over a hand basin half filled with water or a towel to prevent breakage if dropped
Leave your dentures in a dry environment overnight after cleaning them
Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft toothbrush before you insert your dentures
Partial dentures should be rinsed after eating to remove food debris and other loose particles trapped between your denture and natural teeth.
Your mouth may become sore under your denture or your denture could become loose as your mouth changes, if this happens, contact our practice.
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