Dentures are an effective treatment for replacing teeth
Dentures are fabricated from cobalt chrome or acrylic and then false teeth are added. Dentures help with chewing, adding support to your lips and chin as well as helping with speech and the appearance of your smile.
Access Dental Care in Perth offer two types of dentures:
- Partial denture: a partial denture can be used to replace one tooth or teeth.
- Full dentures replace a whole set of teeth.
Each denture is fabricated to suit each patient’s needs, and there are three ways dentures are kept in place:
- Using clasps which anchor around neighbouring teeth
- Denture’s natural suction
- Denture fixture or glue
The Denture process
It takes five appointments from initial consultation to your dentures being fitted.
Your initial consultation
When you visit Access Dental Care at one of our practices in Perth CBD, Bull Creek or Perth East one of our dentists will assess your oral health. It is necessary to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dentures. Your Access Dental Care dentist will examine:
- Your existing teeth and ensure they are all healthy and none need restorative work.
- Existing dental restorations
- Health of your gums
- Your bite—this is how your teeth bite together
- Your gums and underlying bone (If you have no natural teeth (edentulous))
Not all patients will need five appointments to get their dentures, some only need two. One of the determining factors for how many appointments you need is whether you are having full or partial dentures.
There is one exception: immediate denture. An immediate denture is when a tooth is extracted and the denture placed to replace the missing tooth. However, this not a long-term solution. Typically, an immediate denture will need to be either adjusted or replaced after 3 or 6 months.
This can take up to four appointments:
First appointment: impressions will be taken of your upper and lower teeth, and sent to our dental laboratory where a tray is made designed to fit your mouth.
Second appointment: during this appointment impression of your teeth are taken using the custom-made tray. This mould is sent to the laboratory where your trial denture will be made. Additionally, we will record the shade of your natural teeth to ensure the false teeth attached to the denture match. As well as a record of your bite using a wax bite block.
Third appointment—trial dentures: the false teeth will be set in wax, and the denture fitted to see if it sits correctly, are comfortable and the teeth bite together correctly. If there are any adjustments will be made prior to sending them back to the laboratory for the final stage.
Fourth appointment: your dentures are secured in place.
Adjusting to your new dentures
For up to 24hrs you may experience some soreness, if it persists after 24hrs please contact us, as your dentures made need some adjustments. Like your natural teeth, cleaning your dentures is important: brush them twice a day with toothpaste. It is also important to keep in mind you should only wear your dentures while you are awake. Not wearing them while you sleep allows your gums to rest and therefore stay healthy. Place your dentures in sterilised solution while you sleep and then rinse or brush them prior to putting them back in.
As with any restorative treatment, you must visit the dentist every six months. Even if you have no teeth (edentulous) you should still visit Access Dental Care in Perth to ensure the health of your jaw, gums and restoration.
If you would like to know more about dentures, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They can be complete, replacing all teeth, or partial, replacing some teeth. They are made of artificial teeth and an acrylic base that resembles gum tissue. Dentures require regular care and maintenance. Dental implants may be an alternative to dentures for some individuals.
Dentures stay in place using a combination of factors. For complete dentures, the shape of the acrylic base and the natural suction between the denture and the gums help to keep them in position. The fit of the denture is crucial, as it should snugly conform to the contours of the gums and underlying bone.
Denture adhesives can also be used to enhance the stability of dentures. These adhesive creams or pastes create a thin layer between the denture and the gum tissue, increasing friction and improving retention.
Partial dentures may have clasps or attachments that secure them to neighbouring natural teeth. The clasps are metal components that wrap around the natural teeth, providing support and preventing the partial denture from moving.
It’s important to note that over time, changes in the shape of the jawbone and gums may occur, affecting the fit of dentures. This can lead to looseness or discomfort. Regular dental check-ups are necessary to evaluate the fit of the dentures and make any necessary adjustments or replacements to maintain their stability and functionality.
Dentures typically last between 5 to 10 years, but their lifespan can vary based on factors like quality, oral hygiene, and changes in the mouth. Regular care and maintenance can help prolong their durability.