Ask Darius

What to ask before you get dentures

Are there different types of dentures? How will I know which ones I need?

There are two types of dentures - removable partial dentures and full dentures. We will consult with you to determine which ones will work best for you

A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. This means you may be able to keep some teeth.

A complete denture can be either "conventional" or "immediate". Immediate dentures are inserted right after your teeth have been extracted, so you won't be without teeth for any period of time.

"Conventional" dentures are made after your teeth have been removed and gums have healed. This can be anywhere from six to eight weeks after your teeth are taken out.

 

The process to expect for your dentures

You will usually need approximately four appointments spaced approximately a week apart from each other.

Appointment 1

You will have a consultation we will determine the type of denture required for your mouth. We can provide you with a quote and take impressions.

Appointment 2

This is where we take the second impressions with a custom tray and check your bite register.

Appointment 3

We let you put the "Try in" denture in your mouth. The denture is made from wax and allows you to feel and see what it will be like.

Appointment 4

At your final appointment your dentures will be issued to you and we explain the care and maintenance of your new dentures.

Any minor adjustments can be done in the following weeks and this is all included in your final denture price - there are no further charges for minor adjustments.

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How long will it take me to get used to wearing dentures?

Your dentures may feel uncomfortable for the first few weeks while you get used to them. Practice taking them in and out to help get used to them and never force them in to place as you could bend or break the clasps.

Will it be difficult to eat?

Initially it may be difficult to eat, as your mouth is still getting used to the feel of the denture and your muscles take time to adjust. Over a short period of time, it should become easier once you are used to the dentures. Start with soft foods and make sure to chew evenly on each side. Avoid hard and sticky foods for example, lollies & toffees and chewing gum.

Honestly, there are so many types of dentures, some are easier to manage than others - Darius will be able to give you more information based on your individual mouth and denture needs.

Will I be able to speak clearly?

At first it may be difficult to speak clearly but this will improve rapidly. It's best to practice speaking words out loud that are hard to pronounce.

How long should I wear the dentures for?

We will discuss your individual needs with you.

Often you will need to wear the dentures all the time to begin with to work out if any adjustments are needed. After the adjustments you usually take the dentures out before you go to bed and put them in again the next morning.

What to ask after getting your dentures

How do I take care of my dentures?

You will need to brush your dentures daily, just like teeth, to ensure food and plaque is removed and to reduce the chance of stains. You can use a brush with soft bristles and soap or mild dishwashing liquid, toothpaste is too harsh and should be avoided.

When you remove your dentures, store them in soaking solution or water.

Will my dentures need adjusting?

Your dentures will probably need adjusting at some point to ensure they don't become loose. It is important to maintain a good fit as when a denture no longer fits properly it can cause sores or infections, and also can lead to bone loss.

Can I adjust my own dentures?

Do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself as it can cause irreparable damage, you may then need new dentures.

Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Dentures will need to be relined, rebased or remade after a while. Over time dentures become loose and can cause significant signs of wear to your teeth. The fit can change due to a number of factors such as ageing and bone or gums either receding or shrinking.

It's important to replace your dentures when this occurs to ensure no damage is done to your mouth.

How do I care for my mouth?

You must brush your teeth twice daily, cleaning between your teeth to prevent decay and periodontal disease. The teeth that are under the dentures metal clasps must be paid extra attention as plaque can become trapped under the clasps, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

Should I use denture adhesive?

Denture adhesive can provide additional retention for well fitting dentures but it must not be used for old ill-fitting dentures. Consult us and we will be able to give you recommendations if your dentures feel loose.

Procedures

How long will it take to have dentures made and fitted?

This depends on the type of denture. It takes approximately two weeks for full lower and upper dentures to be made. Partial dentures will also take two weeks, however, partial chrome dentures will take four weeks to be made.

Is the process done in your clinic or do I need to go to a hospital?

All procedures are carried out in our fully equipped clinic.

Is it painful?

There is no pain involved in the procedure and we will go to every length to ensure that your experience with us is a pleasant one.

How much can I expect to pay for a full set of dentures?

The minimum price for full upper and full lower dentures is around $1800.00. Additional costs may be incurred with immediate dentures and implant dentures.

How much can I expect to pay for a partial set of dentures?

Prices for partial dentures start from $550.00.

Can I claim the dentures on Medicare or private health insurance?

Yes. If you have private health cover we can make most claims on the spot with hicaps which is processed electronically.

No. You cannot claim with Medicare.

Is there anything I need to do before I have the procedure?

No, there is no need to do anything.