A denture or "plate" is an appliance that is made to replace lost or missing teeth with artificial teeth. Dentures can be made of either an acrylic or metal substructure (Cobalt-chrome) and have either acrylic or porcelain teeth.
Reason for Dentures
- Complete denture – to replace all teeth in an arch
- Partial denture – to replace several teeth in an arch
- Avoid sunken or aged looking facial tissues
- Improve chewing, speech and confidence
Cost of dentures
Dentures are made for you as an individual so we will carefully evaluate your requirements and tell you what it will cost for you. Options will include the materials the denture is made out of, and the design of a denture for your mouth shape and teeth.
What does getting a denture involved?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Our dentists will take highly accurate impressions (moulds) and measurements to create our custom denture. Several ‘fitting’ appointments are required to ensure proper shape, colour and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and insert the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty when your partial or complete denture is first placed. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues become used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dentures, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will aid in extending the life of your new dentures.
Denture Cleaning and Maintenance
- Cleaning: You need to continue cleaning your denture and gums. A soft tooth brush or cloth is recommended. Clean your dentures after each meal. Don't use abrasives or strong chemicals or hot water.
- Breakage: Dentures are easy to break if dropped. Always be very careful when you take them out to clean them. Don't glue broken pieces of dentures back together as this can damage the denture and may make it impossible to repair.
- Rest: We will advise you on what is best for your individual circumstances but often it is best to leave dentures out at night to allow your gums to rest. Initially with a new denture we will probably advise you to leave the denture in all the time so you get use to it. When you leave your dentures out, place them in water so they don't dry. Dentures that are allowed to dry up may warp.
- Denture adhesive: A denture adhesive can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting dentures will cause problems so see the dentist if your denture doesn’t fit well.
- Dentures Replacement: Your mouth will change naturally over time. Bone and gum can shrink or recede and your jaws may align differently. Loose dentures can contribute to health problems. A new denture can improve facial features