Dentures are removable appliances used to replace missing teeth. They are fabricated using either acrylic or cobalt chrome to which false teeth are added. They help with speech, chewing, add support to your lips and chin as well as improving the appearance of your smile.
There are two types of dentures –
- Partial denture, which replaces one tooth or several teeth.
- Full denture, which replaces the whole set of teeth.
All dentures are designed by the dentist or our dental technician to suit each patient’s individual needs.
During the initial consultation, your needs are assessed by Dr Kanowitz. Your mouth will be thoroughly examined to see the suitability for dentures, by looking into –
- All your existing teeth, checking for loose teeth as these may have to be removed before you get your new dentures.
- Looking at existing restorations, fillings and crowns.
- The health of your gums, to make sure there is no infection present
- The way the teeth bite together
- If you do not have natural teeth, evaluating your gums and underlying bone.
The process will be explained to you and a treatment plan is given, outlining all stages of the procedure and costing. Between 2 to 4 appointments is required. At each stage, necessary adjustments are made so your dentures fit properly.
Transitioning to dentures
Adjusting to dentures requires patience and some time getting used to them.
In the first 24 hours of wearing your dentures, you may get increased saliva and soreness in the gums. If this persists please contact your dentist as it may require further adjustments.
You might find difficulty in speaking, because your tongue needs the time to get used to having the denture in place. With practice, speaking will also get easier .
Caring for your dentures
It is essential to look after your dentures. Like natural teeth, clean your dentures twice a day, in the morning and before bed, using denture paste or mild soap and water. You may also like to rinse them in cold water after meals.
Never wear your dentures while you are sleeping as it gives your mouth and gums a chance to rest, stay healthy and prevent infections. During this period, you can sterilise your dentures with a denture solution. After cleaning, dentures can either be kept in a cup of clean cold water or dry container.
It is important that you still have regular examinations with your dentist, even if you have no remaining natural teeth. The dentist will need to routinely examine in your gums and the underlying bone. In addition, your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips will be checked for infection or signs of oral cancer.
“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure. Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”