Here at Haberfield Dental Practice, in Sydney’s Inner West, we provide our patients with our specialist denture service. We only use local laboratories which make high quality acrylic or chrome metal dentures.
Dentures are false teeth that are worn during the day that replace missing teeth. They can either replace all your teeth or only part of your dentition. Well-built dentures should fit comfortably, and they should function like your normal teeth allowing you to eat and drink normally. They are to be removed at night and cleaned regularly.
Moving from your natural dentition to dentures can sometimes be emotional and talking throw the process with our team will help alleviate any anxiety.
TYPES OF DENTURES
There are two main types of removable dentures:
- Full dentures– these replace an entire arch where you have lost all your natural teeth. They are generally made of acrylic.
- Partial dentures– are made to replace some teeth that are missing, but other teeth remain. These dentures can be either made from acrylic or chrome metal. They are retained by little metal clasps which rest or grip on the natural teeth to hold the denture in place. Metal dentures are thin, stronger, and more comfortable than acrylic plastic dentures.
Dentures are made specifically to fit your mouth, which takes several dental visits before the denture is finished, to ensure all the accurate measurements are taken, and the denture fits well. Dentures can be made immediately if teeth require extractions, this allows you to have your removable denture on the same day you remove your teeth. On the other hand, we generally we prefer your gums to heal for at least four to eight weeks prior to making a new set of dentures so they are accurately fitted once the gums has healed. Your new dentures may need to be upgrade every seven to ten years this is due to gums shrinking over time.
It may not feel normal eating when you have your dentures, so treat them like a new pair of shoes. You may need to take them out for a rest, start with a softer diet and then move to your normal diet. If there is any discomfort around your gums, return to your dentist for a minor adjustment.
Speaking with your new dentures may also take a little time to get used to. It is best to keep them in and have a conversation with the people around you, eventually your tongue will get use to the presence of your denture and your speech will get adjust accordingly.
WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW DENTURES:
You may experience some issues with your dentures, that can be rectified by your dentist.
- Ulcers (sores)
- Soreness or cracks in the corner of your mouth
- Bad breath.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
Your mouth health is directly linked to the health of your dentures. You must clean your dentures in the morning and before bed. Rinsing them after each meal where possible allows for food removal.
Steps for cleaning your dentures:
- Brush your dentures in the morning and night using a specialised dentures brush
- Use dentures cleaning solution in the evening to keep your dentures surface clean
- Keep your dentures in water overnight (never wear your dentures to bed)
- Brush and maintain any remaining teeth.
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