Dentures

Complete treatment for replacing those chompers.

Implant dentistry is the ideal long-term solution for tooth loss. Implant supported dentures are an excellent dental alternative to give you back your teeth.

“False teeth” are a prosthetic device worn to replace missing teeth. There are many reasons why teeth can be lost, stemming from old age, poor health, gum disease, malnutrition and even pregnancy.

Some people prefer permanent dentures that involve denture implants, fixed to the jaw bone. Others prefer re-moveable dentures that are inserted on a daily basis.

There are various types of dentures available including full sets and partial plates. One of our dentists will suggest the best option depending on how delicate your dental situation is.

Once choosing a denture solution that is right for you, it is good to know that the Dental Care Network has many dentists to assist you with denture care.

If you want to get the function of teeth back, contact us or read more below on both dentures.

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Understanding Dentures

Dentures are far more common than you may think, which just goes to show how a good set of false teeth can look just like the real thing.

When Clark Gable said his famous line “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, it was through a set of dentures. Winston Churchill and Whitney Houston also wore dentures. Even Emma Watson wore dentures for the second Harry Potter movie to hide the loss of some baby teeth during filming.

Far from the traditional idea of false teeth, modern dentures are used by a large number of people of all ages to replace teeth and improve their appearance.

Dentures come in a wide variety of designs, from conventional, removable dentures to dentures that clasp onto your teeth. Some dentures are permanent implants.

Why are dentures necessary?

There are a number of reasons why someone may lose teeth during their lifetime. Most tooth extractions are necessary because of periodontal disease or tooth decay. But sometimes teeth will be removed because of defects or deterioration caused by other health problems. And often, teeth are lost through injury.

Not everyone will become entirely edentulous (without teeth) but even the loss of a few teeth can cause problems while also affecting your appearance. If there are multiple missing teeth, there is less support for the cheeks and lips, and this can cause facial muscles to sag.

This deterioration can make eating and speaking more difficult.

Replacing lost teeth with dentures restores the appearance of your smile while also providing the necessary support to keep your entire face healthy.

Dentures will need to be relined or remade as your mouth changes shape over time in the normal wear and tear of life. Gums and bone can shrink or recede, aligning differently. Therefore, it’s important to replace loose or worn dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause discomfort, infections and sores. Obviously, loose dentures can also make it harder to eat or speak.

Complete Dentures

When thinking about false teeth, most of us have an image of a complete set of dentures in our minds.
If a patient is missing all their teeth in both upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) arches, they may receive a pair of complete dentures, also known as ‘full’ dentures.

Partial Dentures

As the name suggests, partial dentures are worn when not all of the patient’s teeth are missing and only some need to be replaced.

These dentures may be either tooth supported or tooth and tissue supported. Your dental prosthetist will be able to explain the differences and advise on the best option.

Implant-retained Dentures

For more stable dentures, implant-retained dentures connect to titanium abutments that are implanted into the bony tissue of the jaw. However, the dentures are still removable, making them easier to clean and maintain.

Further reading: Dental Implants

Immediate Dentures

Your dental prosthetist may be able to insert immediate dentures at the same time as your natural teeth are removed. In a previous appointment before the tooth is extracted, various measurements are taken and models are constructed. By inserting immediate dentures, you don’t have to put up with missing teeth while your jaw is healing.

However, while soft tissue should heal in up to eight weeks, bone can take many months to heal completely. As the healing process can cause the gums and bone to shrink, immediate dentures may need replacing after a few months. Once healed, a conventional denture can be made.

Wearing Dentures

It can take a little while to get used to your new dentures. They may feel uncomfortable or even a bit loose while the muscles in your tongue and cheek learn how to keep them in place.

You may be advised to wear your new dentures as much as possible in the first few days, including when you sleep, to help your mouth adjust. However, it isn’t good for your gums to keep your dentures in constantly.

So after a period, you may be advised to give your gums a rest by removing them before bed.

There may also be some minor irritation or soreness or that your mouth produces more saliva than normal. After a while, all of these symptoms should lessen. But if they do continue, please speak to your dentist.

The changes in your mouth may change the way you speak. A little practice may help, so a good idea is to repeat difficult words or read aloud until you feel comfortable.  Occasionally, your dentures may slip when speaking, laughing or coughing. If this happens you can easily reposition the denture by gently biting down and swallowing.

Eating with dentures

It might take a little practice at first, but soon you should be eating as normal while wearing your dentures. It’s usually a good idea to start with bite-size pieces of softer foods. After a while, you’ll be able to introduce more familiar foods.

Remember to always chew on both sides of the mouth simultaneously to avoid the denture moving and take care with hot or hard foods. Sharp-edged bones or shells should also be avoided.

Cleaning Dentures

Taking care of your dentures will prolong their life and reduce unwanted bacteria. The best method is to brush, soak and then brush again. Brush first to remove any food particles or debris. Then remove stains and freshen the dentures by soaking in an effervescent denture cleaner. Finally, brush the dentures again as you would your own teeth.

Use a small or medium toothbrush and toothpaste, making sure to clean all surfaces of the dentures. This includes the surface that sits on your gums, which should be cleaned thoroughly to remove any denture fixative and avoid build-up. If stubborn stains or scale build up, you may need to have your dentures professionally cleaned by your dentist.

Always be careful not to scrub too hard to avoid damaging the surface of the dentures. Also, try to clean your dentures over a soft surface such as a folded towel or cushion so they don’t break if you drop them.

Alternatives to Dentures

Dentures aren’t the only option. Permanently cemented bridges supported by strategically placed implants can provide a more stable restoration that can feel more like your original teeth. Dental implants are definitely becoming more common, but the increased expense means not everyone is able to afford them. Also, not every situation is suitable for implants. Your dentist will be able to provide the best advice.

How much will Dentures Cost?

The cost of dentures can range depending on whether they are for the upper or lower arch, the quality and materials used.

The price can also depend on the fees the dentist charges. An experienced dentist may charge slightly more for the level of expertise and service they provide.

If you have private health insurance, this may cover some of your costs. Speak to your health fund and ask if your health cover applies to the costs of Dentures.

Dental Payment Plans

If you’re looking for payment options to make Dentures more affordable, a dental payment plan can help. Ask your dentist about the payment options for this treatment.

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