These days dentures look and feel natural and comfortable, with the fitting and adjustment now a streamlined process. The My Emergency Dentist team are experienced and well-trained dentists who offer top advice and experience in the field.
We strongly advise our patients to choose quality dentures and avoid inexpensive options to maintain your oral health. Problems may arise with ill-fitting or poorly made dentures.
A Necessary Cost
We understand that price is very important to denture wearers, and that cleaning systems and dental pastes bring extra costs to the patient. My Emergency Dentist advises that our clients check with their private health insurers for dentistry cover.
All our patients are given the best care for a denture fitting. It involves:
Gum evaluation and bone structure so that dentures are suitable for you.
Oral surgery for tooth extractions, where an immediate set of dentures will be fitted to help the patient during recovery.
Mouth and bite impressions to make the final set of conventional dentures.
A series of appointments for adjustments and a comfy fit.
Different Types Of Dentures.
Complete dentures are a full set of removable false teeth in two versions, immediate and conventional.
Immediate dentures are a temporary set designed for the patient’s mouth while recovering from oral surgery. Healing gums shrink and move a little so immediate dentures will require some adjustment, eventually these will be replaced by a conventional set of dentures.
Conventional dentures are crafted with acrylic, nylon or metal and are made post-surgery. A dentist will wait until a patient’s gums are fully recovered before fitting a complete set of conventional dentures. Your dentist will assess your bite, jaws and gum colour to minimise over multiple appointments for the perfect fit.
A Partial Denture
A partial set are replacement teeth fitted around remaining permanent teeth to hide missing teeth and aid in chewing. Sill removable, they are connected to a plastic base with a metal framework and fitted during ongoing appointments for comfort and ease of use.
Do You Need Dentures?
Trauma or decay can damage a tooth beyond repair. In situations where alternative procedures are not an option, your dentist may advise that your tooth needs to be removed.
Periodontal disease is a gum infection that spreads from the gums to the structures that support teeth in the jawbone, and may require tooth extractions.
Tooth decay can become so serious that extraction is could be necessary, your dentist may recommend dentures as a future solution.
A correct denture fitting aids in making the face look full again and gives support to the facial muscles. This solution can improve self-esteem and confidence.
Chewing and Speaking Issues
We take eating and talking for granted, but when teeth are missing this function can be painful and distressing and affect a person’s speech. A new set can help you return to chewing your food and speaking as you once did.
Are You Candidate for Dentures?
Dentures are usually safe and appropriate for most people and typically requested by older patients whose teeth have decayed. However, children may require dentures if:
They have been in an accident that has knocked teeth loose.
They suffer from diseases like ectodermal dysplasia or gastrointestinal reflux that lead to missing teeth.
There is potentially some discomfit after a denture fitting:
You will experience some gum pain initially.
Difficulty in chewing food for a few days.
A difference in speaking and altered speech.
As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures there will be a little irritation and extra saliva.
After a week or two these issues should subside, if they persist contact your dentist for further adjustments.
Denture After Care
Once your dentures have been fitted:
Consume only soft foods, and over time graduate to firmer food.
Sleep with your dentures in so your gums adapt, later you should take them out at night.
Practice speaking certain words with your dentures in.
Maintain your dentures to ensure oral hygiene and longevity.
Avoid sticky foods that can stick to the base and damage the dentures.
Avoid hot foots that can melt the dentures.
Do not use tooth picks.
Reposition the dentures when they dislodge from your gums by biting down and swallowing.
Brush and rinse your dentures with a soft-bristled brush each morning and night.
Rinse after every meal.
Brush your gums softly to stimulate circulation.
Gargle with warm salt water to kill bacteria and disinfect sores.
Handle with care; only remove your dentures when you are standing over a soft surface (i.e., a towel or bed).
Soak every night in cold water and a common household soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Bleach will whiten the colouring so avoid this.
Ultrasonic cleaners are an option. Here, the dentures soak in a small tub of water and cleaning solution with sound waves creating a motion that dislodges food and grit.
Cover your mouth when yawning, coughing or sneezing to avoid dislodgment.
Attend follow-up appointments for adjustments, and replace your set every 5 to 7 years.
Alternatives to Dentures?
Dental implants are another good choice for missing teeth, and are surgically placed into the jawbone to support artificial teeth.
Veneers are another option, which is a tooth covering that improves the appearance of a decayed tooth. Veneers are a great alternative to dentures if teeth are intact and only require aesthetic improvement.
My Emergency Dentist’s highly qualified team of dentists will ensure that you have to spend as little time being refitted as possible. Quality is our utmost concern; we will endeavour to fit your dentures quickly and properly so you can keep on going with your normal life.