Learn more about dentures and how they replace your missing teeth
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, replacing them with dentures will benefit your appearance and your health, that’s because they make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth.
When you lose all your teeth, facial muscles can sag and make you look older. Dentures can help fill out your facial appearance.
They can be made to look like your natural teeth. Dentures may even enhance the look of your smile.
Types of Dentures in Port Macquarie
Conventional full dentures, or complete dentures, placed in your mouth after extracting the remaining teeth, and tissues have healed, which may take many months (during which time you are without teeth).
Immediate full dentures, or temporary dentures, inserted immediately after removing the remaining teeth. You can eat the foods you love, without putting too much pressure on your remaining natural teeth while waiting for your new permanent dentures to be fitted.
Partial dentures, made to fill the gap created by missing teeth. They can be unclipped and removed when needed, helping you feel more confident if you’re missing a small number of teeth.
The denture-making process takes a few weeks and several appointments.
Once your Port Macquarie dentist determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are the following:
- Make impressions and take measurements of your jaw.
- Make models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will “try-in” this model several times, and the denture will be assessed for colour, shape, and fit before the final denture is made.
- Cast a final denture.
- Adjustments will be made as necessary.
Caring for Your Dentures
Don’t let dentures dry out – soak them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water; this causes your dentures to warp.
Brush your dentures – brushing your dentures daily will remove food and plaque and help prevent staining.
Take care of your mouth – brushing your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Consult your dentist – see your Port Macquarie dentist if dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Do not adjust them yourself as this can damage them beyond repair.
Dentures in Port Macquarie
If you have any enquiries about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact your Port Macquarie dentist.
Dentures in Port Macquarie
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful to wear dentures?
Minor irritation and discomfort is normal and should fade as your mouth gets used to dentures.
Can I wear dentures during sleep?
It is best to remove dentures when you are about to sleep. Removing your dentures will give your gums and bone time to rest from the bite force during the day.
Can I normally eat while wearing dentures?
Most people need to learn how to use dentures, and as a result, it takes a short period to be accustomed to them. After a while, you should be able to eat normally.
How long do dentures last?
With proper care, dentures usually last between 5 and 7 years. Just like natural teeth, dentures wear down and stain with age.