Dentures

Dentures are removable sets of artificial teeth set into plastic or metal frameworks and rest directly on the gum.

Complete Dentures are for Patients who have lost all their teeth, these rest on the gum and bone.  These complete denture sets act in effect as replacement teeth.  If the complete dentures do not fit well or are loose, often an implant to attach them to will improve their fit and security.

Partial Dentures are used to replace one or many missing teeth – this is intended to restore both aesthetics and their function.  A partial denture can help in chewing and associated functions, the partial denture is not as effective as natural teeth.  The partial denture has “clasps” which hold it onto the remaining teeth – the artificial teeth (partial denture) sit on the gum and bone.  Partial Dentures often help stabilise the remaining teeth and prevent them from drifting.  For a partial denture to work the remaining teeth must be healthy so they can hold the denture in place.

Both complete dentures and partial dentures are made with either an acrylic or metal framework and acrylic teeth and gums.

It usually requires three to six visits to make a denture.  After you have received the denture, more visits will be required to make adjustments.

Wearing your New Dentures

It will take time to adjust to your new dentures.  It is not possible to say how long, as different people take different amounts of time to adjust.  Generally over time the dentures will become comfortable and functional.

Speaking – At first you will have some difficulty with your speech – this follows from, in effect, having a new front piece to your vocal system.  It is recommended to practice talking at home in front of a mirror.  Over time, you will learn how to talk with your denture in.  Each patient adapts at a different rate to speaking with their new denture.

Eating – As with speech, eating takes time and practice to master the denture.  It is important to remember that with your denture you will never chew as well as you did with your natural teeth.  It is helpful to cut your food into small pieces.  Some Patients will be able to chew anything whereas others have significant difficulty chewing with their dentures in.

Denture Fit – It takes time for your denture to “settle in” and fit well.  You may need additional appointments for the dentures to be adjusted to minimise tender or sore areas developing on the gum.  With all dentures it takes times and we are not able to predict how well a patient will adapt.  Denture adhesives can help but we recommend you not use them during the first few weeks of wearing your new denture.

Care of Dentures

  • Clean your dentures twice a day with denture toothpaste.  Do this over a towel as dentures can be broken when dropped.
  • Remove your dentures every night when you go to sleep.  Place the denture in water or a commercial cleaning product, as if it dries out the shape will change and no longer fit.
  • Soak your dentures once a week in dilute bleach for half an hour only.  This will help reduce fungal growths.
  • Remove your partial denture to clean it using a denture brush and toothpaste. Also brush and floss your teeth with the partial denture out of your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash (without the denture) at least once a day to keep your mouth clean. This helps cut down on the amount of bacteria and fungus in the mouth which can lead to bad breath, denture sores, and infections.
  • Make an appointment as soon as you develop any sores, change in fit, or any other problem you would like us to address.

Denture Follow Up

  • Recalls every six months to check the dentures, gums and teeth (if any).  It is important to check the remaining teeth in partial cases as if they are lost, it can require a new denture.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning and disinfection of denture