Dental Dentures Available in Merrylands
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that are worn to replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, wearing dentures can make eating and speaking easier. It can also avoid a loss of confidence in the way you look.
When you might need dentures?
If you have missing teeth, your dentist might speak to you about getting dentures fitted. Dentures are specially made to fit your mouth. If you’re missing any teeth, or you need to have teeth extracted, your dentist will recommend replacing them. Gaps in a smile can make people feel self-conscious about how they look, but there are more reasons to consider replacing a tooth than just appearance.
Missing teeth can also make it harder to eat certain foods or may affect speech. Healthy teeth that are no longer supported on one or both sides may also lean into the gap over time and go crooked, which can make them harder to brush and floss. If you lose a number of teeth, your face and jaw will lose some support, which could cause muscles in your face to sag.
There are 3 main types of dentures
- A full denture rests on the gum and replaces all the teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or both.
- A partial denture replaces some teeth and is held in place by clasps around the remaining teeth.
- An implant-retained denture replaces one or more teeth and is fitted through implants in the jaw.
What happens during a denture fitting?
If you’re having your teeth removed, you might choose to have dentures inserted on the same day. This is called an immediate denture. You may need frequent adjustments as your gums heal.
The dentist might ask you if you would wait a few months before getting dentures. This allows your gums to heal so you won’t need as much adjustment once the dentures are in place.
What to expect after a denture fitting?
Wearing dentures might feel strange at first. Most people take a few months to get used to how they feel. You might need follow-up appointments so the dentist can make adjustments. After you have become used to the dentures, you’ll still need an appointment with your dentist, at least yearly, to check they fit correctly.
You’ll need to learn how to take care of your dentures daily to avoid inflamed gums or infections. The Australian Dental Prosthetist Association recommends you clean your dentures twice a day, and after eating when necessary. Use a soaking solution and only use a specially designed soft denture brush when necessary.
You should also look after your mouth, even if you don’t have teeth. Brush your gums and tongue every day and visit your dentist regularly.
What are the risks and benefits of denture fitting?
Dentures can make eating and speaking easier for most people. If you don’t replace missing teeth, the muscles in the face will sag. Dentures can help fill out a person’s face.
Most people take a few months to adjust to wearing a new set of dentures. They may feel awkward or loose at first. You might feel irritation or soreness. You might have more saliva than normal. Make sure you see your dentist if your mouth is sore, or if you have bleeding gums, swelling or ulcers. They may need to adjust your dentures.
What does dentures feel like?
New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. Also, it is not unusual for minor irritation or soreness to occur and for saliva flow to increase when you first start wearing dentures, but these problems will diminish as the mouth adjusts.
Is eating with dentures difficult?
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for some wearers for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you get used to new dentures, add other foods until you return to a normal diet. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells. And, avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You should also avoid chewing gum while you wear the denture. Also, don’t use toothpicks while wearing dentures.
How to book?
You can book online via Hotdoc or you can call the practice on 02 9681 5880 to book or if you have any questions.