Dentures

Dentures are worn to replace your natural teeth which have been lost through periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury.

They are usually made from life-like resin teeth bonded to an acrylic base. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, helping with your speech, chewing, add support to your lips and chin as well as improving the appearance of your smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older.

With today's technology dentures can be made to look so natural that people can't tell who's wearing them. Your dentures will be custom made by your dentist, to fit your mouth. This way they will take on the character of your original teeth, leaving your appearance the same as before. The colour of the teeth is carefully selected, either to match your remaining teeth, or simply to look as natural as possible.

 

 

The types of dentures

  • Removable Partial Denture which replaces one tooth or several teeth.
  • Removable Full Denture which replaces the whole set of teeth, on the upper or lower.
  • Implant-supported Fixed Denture which uses dental implants to permanently support the denture in the mouth. The denture will be easy to clean and strongly held in place, leaving you worry-free and confident.

Denture Types


 

Procedure for Conventional Dentures

Generally, 4-5 appointments will be necessary as dentures are made in stages. The stages are the same whether you are having full dentures or partial dentures. A complete denture may be placed in the mouth about 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

  1. Initial evaluation and denture site preparation. Our doctors will examine the health of your gums to ensure no infection is present, as well as the state of your existing fillings and crowns. Restorations such as fillings and root canal treatment will be performed prior to making your denture. If tooth extraction is required, the teeth are extracted and left to heal.
  2. Taking the first impression (mould). Once the gums are healed and healthy, an impression of the mouth is taken to make an initial cast. Our lab technician will fabricate a personalized impression tray designed to fit your mouth perfectly so that our doctors can take a more precise impression of your teeth and gums during the next visit.
  3. Making the dentures. After the more precise second impression (mould) is taken, a second cast is made. This cast can help our doctors and laboratory technicians determine the most optimal position of the jaw and teeth dimensions (size, shape, length, width).
  4. The cast is sent to a dental laboratory to construct a "try-in" set of dentureThe "try-in' denture are placed in the mouth to assure comfort, fit, bite position and appearance, adjustments will be made accordingly.
  5. Fitting of final dentures. Our doctors will adjust your final dentures during this visit. Two follow-up visits will also be scheduled for any further adjustments.


Your Dentures

It will take a while getting used to new dentures, time and patience is needed. Upper dentures my affect your speech for a few days whilst your tongue gets used to having the denture in place, please persevere as this will soon pass.

Dentures may cause soreness in the first 24 hours, if the soreness persists please contact our clinic as the dentures may need slight adjustments.

Keeping your dentures clean at all times is important. Rinse them after meals if possible and brush them twice a day using toothpaste or soap and water. Dentures are only to be worn whilst you are awake; they need to be removed at night as your gums need to have ‘a rest’, having this rest keeps your gums healthy. Your dentures can then be sterilised in a denture solution while you sleep, always rinse or brush your dentures before putting them back in your mouth. If your dentures get stains that you cannot remove ask your dentist to clean the professionally at your next appointment.

It is important that you still have regular examinations with our doctors even if you have no natural teeth, as the dentist needs to look for changes in your gums and the underlying bone. Also to check your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for infection or signs of oral cancer.

 

For detailed cleaning and home care tips, please visit our Post-Treatment Care page on Denture.