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FAQ's About Dentures in the Blue Mountains

Frequently asked questions

What are dentures?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding gums. There are two types of dentures available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. You can also be given an immediate denture. These dentures are used when you are having teeth removed. They are placed into the mouth as soon as the tooth/teeth are extracted so you never have to be without teeth.

How long will my dentures last?
Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time, dentures become worn and don't fit as well, so it's important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last.

How much do they cost? 
The cost of a complete or partial denture depends on the type of denture you need and want.  All dentures are not created equal; if you look for the lowest price remember you’ll get what you pay for.  At your initial consultation, you will be provided with a quote before any further treatment is provided.

Will I look the same with new dentures?
Dentures may improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance.

Will anyone be able to know that I’m wearing dentures?
Usually not. Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth. You will be able to speak, chew ,and look just like someone with natural teeth. We recommend that our patients bring in a photo of themselves with their original teeth so we have a better understanding what you need.

Will dentures change the way I speak?
Pronouncing certain words can require practice.  Your tongue and the muscle in the floor of the mouth require time and practice to adapt to any changes in tooth positioning and extensions that have been made with the new dentures. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help in overcome any minor speech problems.

Will it affect what I can eat?
Eating will take practice, especially for the first time denture wearers. Start with softer foods cut into small pieces to help develop a “feel” for chewing with dentures.

It can sometimes take 6 to 10 weeks to adjust to new dentures. Patients that experience a lot of tipping or movement of their dentures during chewing should talk to us - with all the options available for ensuring a proper fit, there is no reason that you cannot enjoy a normal balanced and varied diet without discomfort or embarrassment.

How long will it take me to get used to my new dentures?
It will take some time to get used to your dentures and everyone is different. The muscles of your cheeks and tongue need to learn to keep your dentures in place. It will become more comfortable with time but early on you may have some soreness or irritation which will settle once you have adjusted to your new dentures.

What is a reline, and why is it done? The bony ridges that support your dentures are in a constant state of resorption (shrinking). This starts from the day you have your natural teeth extracted, and continues for the rest of your natural life. This bone loss happens at different rates from person to person, but for the most part, there is a measurable change every two to five years.

As this change occurs, dentures become looser. Symptoms are: less stability when chewing, food getting under plates, and more frequent sore spots are common indications change has taken place.

Some patients experience no noticeable symptoms at all, but nevertheless, that shrinkage factor is happening. Ill-fitting dentures left unchecked can lead to more rapid loss of ridge, making it more difficult for patients to wear dentures in later years.

This is where a reline comes in. By taking an impression inside the old denture, a new record of your ridges can be obtained.  The fitting surfaces of your dentures are removed and rebuilt using the new records of your ridges. When the denture is returned and refitted, the result is an accurate fit, much like a brand new denture.

What should I do if my dentures hurt?
If you notice your dentures are hurting, you need to contact the clinic and arrange an appointment. Usually when you are first issued with new dentures, you may develop some sore spots. To rectify these issues, leave the dentures in your mouth for as long as possible before you come in for your appointment. When you come in for the appointment, we can then see what is causing the problem and fix these issues with slight adjustments.

How do I keep my dentures clean?
When your dentures are issued, you will be provided with a starter pack which includes a daily denture care information leaflet. The best way to clean your dentures is either holding them over a sink filled with water, or over a folded towel. In case you drop them, this will save them from being damaged. Never use regular toothpaste as it will damage your dentures.

Should I take my dentures out when I go to sleep?
Usually, it is recommended to remove your dentures while you sleep but it is on an individual basis. Your dental prosthetist will discuss this with you. It is a good idea to leave your dentures out for at least 8 hours a day to give the tissue supporting your dentures a chance to rest.

How should I store my dentures when I’m not wearing them?
You should keep your dentures in the denture box provided when you do not have them in your mouth.  This will protect them from any unforseen danger.

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