A significant percentage of the population of all ages wear dentures. We aim to work with you to ensure your dentures look as natural as your own teeth and are comfortable for you to wear. We want you to feel safe in the knowledge that your dentures fit well and look great.
There are many options available such as high impact acrylic dentures, chrome dentures and valplast flexible dentures. We will endeavour to advise you on which type of denture best suits your needs to ensure the best option is chosen for you.
I want dentures. Where do I start?
The best starting point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see a prosthodontist, who is a specialist with an additional three years of training after dental school who focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures for even the most complex cases. A prosthodontist also will be able to help determine if another treatment option might be more suited to your particular situation.
What types of dentures are there?
Dentures may replace all the teeth or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing.
What is the average cost of dentures?
Denture fees vary widely. The best way to determine fees for service is to visit with your dentist or prosthodontist and discuss the care you may need. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.
How can I whiten my dentures?
It is not possible to whiten dentures like natural teeth because dentures are made of plastic. To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy. Moisten the brush and apply a non-abrasive denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive). Brush every surface, inside and out, scrubbing gently. A variety of over-the-counter denture cleanser products may be safely used (by following the manufacturer’s instructions) to remove most stains. However, more stubborn stains may require removal by your prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.
Can you brush your dentures with toothpaste?
No, toothpastes are designed to be used on teeth, and they often contain materials and chemicals that help whiten and strengthen teeth, but may harm dentures, which are made of a very durable plastic. Even though the plastic is strong, it is not as strong as the enamel of teeth and may be scratched by using toothpaste to clean your dentures. You should use a dish washing liquid and a special denture brush to clean your dentures by hand every day. After rinsing them thoroughly, soak your dentures in water-based cleaning solution overnight. Do not use bleach on your dentures unless your prosthodontist gives you special instructions on using bleach.
How do you repair broken dentures?
The best solution is to return to the dentist or prosthodontist who made your dentures and have the cracked denture repaired professionally. It may seem easy to fix, but it is important that the repair is done correctly to prevent problems with chewing and to avoid any sore spots. The dentist also needs to check the denture and adjust it after it is repaired. The denture may be too old and may no longer fit closely to your gums, and you may need a new denture.
How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?
If the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline” procedure. However, this procedure will enable your denture to fit better, and tighter than it has previously. This procedure can be done by your prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.
Can you sleep in dentures?
You should remove your dentures at night and give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night. Dentures can be made to look like your teeth or, if you want changes in your teeth, the dentures can be made to improve your appearance. You should work with your prosthodontist and tell him/her how you would like to look.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Most patients need to learn how use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilise the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.
Can you have teeth pulled out and dentures put in on the same day or in the same week?
Yes, it is possible to have your teeth removed and dentures put in the same day. The dentures are called immediate dentures and you should talk to your dentist or prosthodontist to see if that treatment is the best for your mouth. A prosthodontist is a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.