What are dentures?

What are dentures?

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth.

If you are missing multiple teeth and would like to restore oral function, you might consider dentures. Dentures are made from cobalt chrome or acrylic, and then false teeth are attached. They are an effective option for patients who would like to replace missing teeth to bite and chew properly, as well as improve the appearance of their smile.

What are dentures, exactly?

Dentures are replacement teeth that can be removed. There are two types of dentures available: complete and partial.

Partial dentures can be used to replace one or a few teeth.

Full dentures are used to replace a whole set of teeth.

Dentures can be kept in place in several ways, including with clasps that anchor around neighbouring teeth; with the denture’s natural suction; and with denture fixture or glue.

How are dentures made?

Dentures are custom-made to fit each patient, and the process typically involves multiple appointments. Once your dentist has determined which type of denture will suit you best, they will make impressions of your jaw and take measurements.

Using these impressions and measurements, models of your dentures will be made. You will be allowed to try on the models and check that the colour, shape and fit is correct before the final dentures are fabricated. Once your dentures have been made, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that they fit comfortably.

How do dentures feel?

It can take some time to adjust to the feeling of new dentures. They may feel loose for the first few weeks, but this should improve as the muscles of your cheeks and tongue adjust over time. You may also experience some minor discomfort as you get used to your new dentures, but this should resolve fairly quickly.

It may also take some time to get used to eating with your dentures. We recommend that you begin with soft foods and chew slowly. As you feel comfortable with your dentures, you will be able to eat most of your favourite foods again — just be cautious with particularly hard and sticky foods as these can cause some damage.

With time, you will adjust to the new feeling of wearing dentures, and you should have full oral functionality, including biting and chewing. If you experience any discomfort, we encourage you to come in for a check-up so that your dentist can check the fit of your dentures.

How can we help?

At Access Dental Care, we offer dentures at each of our practices in Perth CBD, Bull Creek and Perth East. If you are considering dentures, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that your dentist can examine your teeth and determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate. To find out more about the process and what it involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible dental care and will customise each treatment to suit your unique oral health needs. We have three practices located all across Perth, each of which provides a comfortable and calm setting and a friendly, fully-qualified team.

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