Tooth loss can cause many health-related and lifestyle issues, such as misaligned teeth and a limited diet lacking fresh vegetables and proteins. While many people opt for dental implants to replace missing teeth, some want a non-surgical option when they have significant tooth loss. That is when our dentists at TCare Dental Centre in Villawood may offer dentures as an alternative.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth secured on a base to replace multiple or all missing teeth to complete your smile. Dentures come in a variety of materials, depending on your needs. Your dentist will discuss the benefits and limitations of acrylic, flexible and metal-based dentures.
What Is the Treatment Procedure for Dentures?
While procedures can vary from person to person, denture procedures follow these basic steps:
- Dental exam and imaging – This is a comprehensive exam with your dentist to evaluate overall health and the health of remaining teeth
- Consultation – Your dentist will discuss your options and the benefits and limitations of each. You will discuss the appearance of your smile and how you would like your denture to look.
- Impressions – Impressions will create a mould of your teeth that your dentist and the dental lab will use to create your denture. At TCare Dental Centre, we use modern digital impressions for your comfort.
- Try-in – You will try a wax version of your denture to check fit and function.
- Denture delivery – Your denture will arrive from the dental lab. Your dentist will place it over your gums, make any minor adjustments and give you instructions for wearing your denture as you acclimate to it and heal if you have had dental extractions.
- Follow-up appointments – We will arrange incremental follow-up visits to adjust your new denture so we can avoid sores and hot spots as you grow accustomed to your new appliance.
- At-home denture care and use – Caring for your denture correctly at home is essential. How you care for your denture depends on whether you have a full or a partial denture. We will provide you with care instructions before you head home.
Types of Dentures Available
The type of denture you require depends on whether you have any healthy teeth remaining. If you do not have viable teeth remaining, we recommend a complete (full) denture. A partial denture may be the better option if you have healthy teeth to act as anchors and are committed to keeping them healthy.
Partial dentures replace some of your missing teeth. We match them to your existing teeth so they blend in with your smile.
Types of partial bases:
- Metal alloy
We will discuss your goals for your comfort and lifestyle, so you can decide which framework will work best for your denture.
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth on the upper arch, lower arch or both arches.
Immediate dentures are for patients who have extractions but do not want to go without teeth during the healing process. These dentures are considered temporary, or interim, as you heal, and we plan for your final denture.
If you are concerned with dentures that move or shift, we can use several (usually 2-6) dental implants per arch to secure the denture in place.
What Can I Eat After Getting Dentures?
Especially if you have had extractions, but in any new denture situation, it’s best to start with soft foods.
● Mashed potatoes
● Scrambled eggs
● Hot cereals
● Mashed vegetables
As your mouth heals and your denture becomes more comfortable, you can graduate to more textured foods in your diet.
● Cooked rice
● Soft bread
● Cooked greens
● Baked beans
● Skinless fish
It’s best to avoid sticky or crunchy foods. Food like steak, which involves excessive chewing, may cause sores and tender areas inside your mouth. Eventually, you will learn which foods feel comfortable for you to eat and which ones feel awkward. Your dentist will help you determine how to maintain a healthy diet.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
How Long Do Dentures Last?
- How you care for your dentures
- Changes in your bone structure
- Whether you have opted for immediate dentures
Once the entire healing process completes and you have your final denture, dentures can usually last 5-10 years with routine maintenance.
What Is a Denture Reline?
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
Today’s modern dentures are far more natural-looking than dentures of the past. Today, we design dentures to look natural for your age and colouring. That way, no one will notice you are wearing them when you smile.
What Are the Potential Risks of Dentures?
As with all medical or dental procedures, dentures carry some risk. While rare, some patients experience complications due to extractions prior to denture treatment. Other risks include:
- Gum inflammation
If you experience any of these symptoms, please reach out to TCare Dental Centre to arrange an appointment, so you can feel comfortable again.
Are There Any Alternative Options to Dentures?
We offer alternatives for missing teeth here at our Villawood dental clinic.
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Implant-Supported Bridges
- All-on-4 Dentures
If you would like to explore alternatives to dentures, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a booking. We are happy to outline all of your options and help you make a choice that works best for you.
What Do False Teeth Feel Like?
When you first get your denture, it may feel a little bulky or awkward. You can practice speaking with your denture by reading aloud to yourself. The more you practice, the more natural it will feel.
At first, your mouth will produce more saliva, but your body will regulate it within a week or two as you get used to wearing it.
Do I Need to Wear Dentures 24/7?
Once you are through the initial healing phase, you will want to give your mouth a rest from your dentures. You can place them in their denture container with water to keep them moist while you sleep at night.
You should always clean your mouth and denture before replacing it in the morning. This will reduce the likelihood of bacterial growth, which can lead to gum disease, foul odours and irritation.