What is a denture?
A denture is an appliance that is worn to replace your lost or missing teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of acrylic (plastic), metal or flexible nylon. The teeth are most commonly made of acrylic and are made to match your natural teeth. You can have either a partial denture (fills in the spaces of any lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with a clasp) or a full denture (replaces all of the teeth on either your lower or upper jaw).
Why should I have a denture?
There are several benefits to both your health and appearance by replacing any lost or missing teeth. A full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for your cheeks and lips. Without this support you may find that your facial muscles start to sag, which can make you appear older. Missing or lost teeth may also inhibit your ability to eat and impede your speech.
What is the difference between conventional and immediate dentures?
Conventional dentures are made and inserted after teeth have been removed and the tissue has healed (this healing process may take several months). Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after teeth have been removed which means that your dentist will need to take impressions of your mouth during your treatment. This process prevents you from having to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first 6 months after teeth have been removed. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require relining or even replacing to fit properly.
What will dentures feel like?
New dentures may feel awkward and even uncomfortable for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. You may also notice an excessive amount of saliva being produced while your mouth adjusts. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness during this period. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should subside. If any problems persist, particularly irritation or soreness, Denture Care Caloundra is happy to see you as many times as necessary to make sure your dentures are fitting correctly, and shave off any parts that may be causing irritation.
Will dentures make me look different?
You have total control when it comes to the appearance of your dentures. We can make your denture closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in your appearance will be noticeable. The denture may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. You are given the opportunity to see the finished denture and request any changes that you might like before it is set and cannot be changed. This is an important step in achieving total satisfaction with your new smile.
Do I have to wear my dentures all the time?
During the first few days you may be advised to wear your dentures all day, every day, including while you are sleeping. After this time, you may be advised to remove them before going to bed to allow your gums to rest.
Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Yes — but this may take some time, patience and practice. Denture Care Caloundra recommends that you start slowly by cutting your food into small pieces, chewing slowly using both sides of your mouth and not eating anything too hard to begin with. As your confidence increases, you should be able to return to a normal diet, always bearing in mind to take care with hard foods, bones and extremely hot foods.
Will dentures impede my speech?
Having a denture can take some getting used to, after all, there is a foreign object in your mouth. Denture Care Caloundra recommends practising your pronunciation of any problematic words out loud to help improve the quality of your speech. After a little bit of practice, your speech should return to normal.
How do I take care of my dentures?
The Denture Care Caloundra recommends that you always clean your dentures over a towel or soft surface in case you drop them (to prevent breakage). Always brush the denture to remove any food debris, ensuring that you clean all surfaces, using our recommended denture cleaners to remove any stains and kill bacteria, and brush the dentures again as you would your own teeth to leave the dentures entirely clean and fresh.
Can my denture be adjusted or repaired?
If you crack or damage your denture, it is more than likely that we can repair it within one day (depending on the scope of damage). It is extremely important that you contact us immediately for any repair and that you do not under any circumstances attempt to make a repair yourself. You should never attempt to glue or reconstruct your denture.
Should my dentures hurt?
After an initial adjustment period, if your dentures are causing you any pain or discomfort you should contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. We may be able to relieve you of any sore spots and will check that the denture is fitting you correctly.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Dentures generally should be relined every 3 to 5 years, and replaced every 8 to 10 years.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral from your dentist to visit us at Denture Care Caloundra. We deal directly with the public and can help you from start to finish. If you are having teeth extracted by your dentist, we are also happy to work in with them to ensure that you experience a streamlined service from beginning to end.
Can I claim on my private health insurance?
We are pleased to offer HICAPS which means that we can process your claim with your health insurance company on the spot. This means less out of pocket expense to you.
How many appointments will I need?
Generally, it takes 5 to 6 appointments over a period of a couple of months to complete the process from beginning to end. However, depending on your circumstances and needs, this may be reduced to just 3 appointments in a shorter time frame. Our dental prosthetist will design a customised plan for you on your first free initial consultation that will be tailored to suit your needs.
How much do dentures cost?
There is unfortunately not a simple answer, however, The Denture Care Caloundra offers a free initial consultation. During this appointment our prosthetist will assess your needs, offer any senior discounts, consider health fund rebates and discuss payment plans with you. Our initial consultation is also obligation free.