Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an ultramodern acrylic material which is high-strength and durable.
What will new dentures feel like?
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness initially. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. These problems should diminish with wear.
What types of denture do you offer?
We offer 3 types of denture - acrylic dentures, flexible acrylic dentures (valplast/sunflex etc) and metal (chrome-cobalt) dentures. Many patients already have a preference in mind, however we can recommend which would be best for you, depending on your individual circumstances and what features are most important to you.
Will I be able to eat normally with my dentures?
Yes. Eating will take a little practice, but as you become used to your dentures, you will be able to comfortably eat as usual.
Will you be able to adjust my existing dentures?
In most cases, yes. Small adjustments can often be made to improve fit over time, and we will be happy to make any adjustment possible to make your dentures comfortable.
My denture is uncomfortable, is there anything you can do?
We can usually organise to have a soft lining added to your denture to make it more comfortable for you.
Can you offer an express service on denture adjustments and repairs?
Yes. We are able to offer same or next day returns for dentures where needed.
What are the stages to having a new denture made? How many appointments do I need?
New dentures are usually made in 4 stages. Each stage needs one appointment, usually 1-2 weeks apart.
Stage 1 (impressions stage) - at this stage, the dentist takes the initial impressions of your mouth and sends these to the lab.
Stage 2 (bite stage) - at this stage, the dentist takes secondary impressions of your mouth, helping the lab technician to know where to place your bite for the best fit.
Stage 3 (try in stage) - at this stage, the lab returns your nearly complete denture to us, where we will ask you to try it in. The lab technician will be made aware of any adjustments needed (such as bite changes, or aesthetic changes) before the final stage.
Stage 3 (fit stage) - at this stage, the lab returns your complete denture to us, which the dentist will fit, make any small adjustments that are needed, and teach you how to use and clean your dentures.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even only a few inches. We always recommend standing over a folded towel or basin of water when handling dentures for cleaning. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. A tooth/ denture brush with soft bristles can be used, as hard-bristles brushes can damage the dentures. Some denture wearers use hand soap and mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures. More advanced denture creams and tablets are widely available. Avoid using other household product cleaners, which may be too abrasive or even toxic.
Will a denture improve my facial aesthetics?
If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. When we design your dentures this way, it can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, giving a more youthful look.