FAQ

My denture has broken! How fast can you fix it?

In most cases we can repair your denture in under 1 or 2 hours the same day.  Please call first to arrange a time to come in.  Metal breaks will take a little longer.

I need to have a tooth extracted! What do I do?

If your dentist says you need a tooth extracted we can make a denture beforehand so that you won’t be without teeth during the healing process. This is called an immediate denture. The most important thing to do is to take advantage of our free initial consultation and come and talk to Peter about having an immediate denture made.

I am missing one or more teeth. What can I do?

Partial acrylic, Valplast (flexible plastic) and Chrome based are three types of dentures that you can have made to fill the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. Ring and make an appointment for a free initial consultation to talk to Peter about the benefits and costs involved.

My dentures aren’t fitting as well as they used to. What should I do?

Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. This is certainly the case in immediate dentures as your gums heal and change shape you will need to have your denture relined. In most cases dentures can be relined in a day with an appointment in the morning to take an impression of your mouth so that the denture can be relined to fit the new shape and another later in the day to pick the denture up. Please ring and make a free initial consultation and Peter will be able to find out if your denture requires a reline.

I need a mouthguard. Do you make mouthguards?

Yes, we make a wide variety of custom fitted mouthguards. Please ring and make an appointment with Peter so that he can take an impression of your teeth. Top Guard mouthguards come in a variety of colours and are shaped to fit the contour of your teeth.

Does my Health Fund Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?

Most dental insurance providers cover some of the cost of dentures. However, contact your company to find out the specifics of what they will cover.

Do I need a referral from a Doctor or Dentist?

No you don't need a referral, just phone for an appointment. We do work closely with your dentist if you are undergoing treatment on any remaining natural teeth.

How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?

Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called immediate dentures. You visit us at West Street Denture Clinic beforehand for Peter to take measurements and impressions of your mouth. The dentist will remove the teeth and then insert the immediate denture. With immediate dentures you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time; especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing.

If you choose to have your teeth extracted and not have an immediate denture
inserted it is advisable to wait until the majority of the shrinkage of the
gums has taken place. This period takes approximately three months.
Dentures can be made earlier, however a reline will most likely be
necessary.

Will dentures make me feel different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly. Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes.

Your new dentures may feel bulkier than your previous ones which will have become very familiar to you. If you haven’t worn dentures before, they will certainly feel a mouthful. Your mouth is soft and ever changing, whereas your dentures are relatively hard and stable. Consequently, the dentures may need several adjustments, and you will need some time and experience with them before they are worn comfortably. A denture is an artificial replacement for your teeth, and, like anything artificial in the body, it has limitations. Do not worry, everyone who has new dentures has a period of adaption which usually passes quickly.

You may think you look quite different in the mirror. Although you may notice a pronounced change in your appearance, your friends will be unaware of it. They look at your teeth only as part of your whole personality. You are the only person who is likely to examine them at really close quarters and there’s no purpose in doing this. You may experience some difficulty with speaking with your new dentures, which is usually for a limited period.

Decide to discontinue wearing your old dentures. Do not alternate between the two sets and particularly do not wear your new upper denture with your old lower. This will prolong the learning period and make it much more difficult to carry out any necessary adjustments.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

It will take some time before you can eat food as you did with your natural teeth, or even with other dentures. Do not attempt to eat with them until they are comfortable when you swallow and talk. Do not try to do everything at once, easy things first. Cut up your food into small pieces and eat small mouthfuls. Later on, when your nerves and muscles have accommodated to the new dentures, you will find the more difficult things easier. Some foods, such as steak and apples, may always cause problems. You should be pleased with your progress if you have mastered your new dentures after four weeks. If you haven’t worn dentures previously you should understand that learning to use dentures is a bit like learning to play the piano or ride a bicycle; it needs time and practice to achieve success. Some people find that short periods of wear at first, then increasingly longer periods of wear is the easiest way to accommodate to the new dentures.

How long should I wear my dentures?

During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them for most of the time, including while you are asleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, it is advised that you remove them before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy.

The tissues under the dentures need a rest period of six to eight hours each day. Many people remove their dentures at night, but some people feel uncomfortable and embarrassed doing this. Leaving your dentures out is beneficial because it allows the natural cleaning process to occur and also enables the gums to rest and relax. Therefore, you may choose to either remove the dentures at night while you sleep or for some period during the daytime. If you really feel that you can’t take your dentures out over night, make sure you soak them and clean them thoroughly during the evening so that they are as clean as possible before you put them in for the night. You must clean your dentures in the morning to ensure you remove all the bacteria that may have gathered during the night.

How do I take care of my dentures?

It is important to clean your dentures every day to prevent the build up of stains and maintain good oral hygiene. They should be cleaned with a soft bristled brush after removing them at night and again before you put them back in the next day. Avoid cleaning them with toothpaste because it is too abrasive and may damage the surface of the dentures. They should be soaked in cold water overnight and you can add cleaning tablets if you wish to help remove stains. Dentures shouldn’t be left to dry out for too long or put in hot water, as they may become warped. You must also remember to brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth every day to keep your mouth healthy. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.

What problems can I expect with dentures?

More Saliva
There will be an increase in the amount of saliva in your mouth for a while when the dentures are inserted initially. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that should cease after a month or so.

Sore Spots
Minor irritation underneath and around the periphery of new or relined dentures is very common. The Dental Prosthetist will relieve it by adjusting the denture. If you have to take them out on account of soreness, make sure you wear them for 3 – 4 hours before you come for your appointment. This makes any areas that may need adjusting easier to see. (If you have a lot of pain, contact the receptionist earlier). Do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself.

Gagging
This is rarely a problem and, more often than not, when it does occur, it will cease quickly.

Talking
Some words in particular may feel awkward to produce. Certainly this problem can be embarrassing, but rarely does it persist much beyond a week. Reading aloud may speed up the adaptation.

Solutions
Please contact us immediately if you need further advice or attention.

Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort and breakages. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.

How long will your dentures last?

Dentures are not meant to last a lifetime. They should be satisfactory for 5 – 8 years. It’s a good idea to see your Dental Prosthetist/Dentist every year to make sure that the mouth is healthy and that the bite is still correct. The gums change right through life and your gums will continue to shrink slowly. Delaying the replacement too long may cause a lot of damage to the soft tissues, as well as the bone, and make the fitting of dentures in years to come much more difficult to achieve. We will always be pleased to see you to check that everything is satisfactory.

What alternatives to dentures exist?

Dentures are a simple and practical solution as a replacement for missing teeth. However, there are other alternatives that can be used in certain cases, primarily Dental Bridges and Dental Implants.

Bridges
A bridge may be an option to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. It uses one or more teeth on either side of the bridge as an anchor. The existing teeth are reshaped to have crowns placed over them and one or more false teeth are connected between the two crowns. The whole bridge piece is then cemented into place. Unlike a partial denture, you can't remove a bridge to clean it, but there are special cleaning aids available to keep the area around and under the bridge clean.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial teeth permanently attached to your jawbone to replace one, many, or all of your teeth. A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial root which is inserted into your jawbone. Once it has fully healed, a crown is placed on top to function as a normal tooth. While dental implants can be superior to dentures in terms of function, they are significantly more expensive, and not all candidates have suitable bone material available for the procedure.

Our Process

1

Consultation

Sit down with our qualified prosthetist Peter Topalov and see how he can help you.

2

Impressions/Bite Registration

We take an exact mould of your mouth to ensure the prosthetics are a perfect fit. We use wax contour models to locate your bite.

3

Try In Stage

Based on your mould, we design realistic prosthetics that are comfortable and functional. We achieve this by setting the denture teeth on a wax mould where you can see what the final denture will look like.

4

Final Stage

This is when your denture is fitted and checked. Some minute adjustments may be necessary to help you adapt to your new dentures.

5

Postcheck

Our services don't end when you leave the chair. We encourage all our clients to come in for regular checkups.

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To begin the process