Frequently Asked Questions

Whats the procedure for getting dentures made?

When you come into the denture clinic for your first consultation we will conduct a thorough oral examination and discuss all the options available to you. Once you have decided on the treatment plan we will take the first or primary impressions and pour up stone models that will simulate the anatomy of your mouth. We will then construct special impression trays for the final impressions. These impression trays are important as they are made to fit the unique shape of your mouth and will allow for a far more accurate impression.

At your second appointment we will then take accurate final impressions so that we can be sure that your denture will fit your mouth comfortably. We will then construct bite rims that we will use to register a biting relationship between your maxilla (the upper part of your mouth) and the mandible or jawbone.

At your third appointment we will register your biting relationship. We will also register other factors such as your smile line and lip line, occlusal plane, lip support and positions of the canines –  this will help us to make your teeth follow a natural arch and have a natural appearance. We will decide on the colour of the teeth as well as the shape that will best suit your facial features.

In the Lab we will then construct your dentures in wax for us to try them in.

At your fourth appointment we will try in the waxed dentures to check that the bite is accurate and the teeth look natural.We will also check your speech and make sure that it is natural and you are not struggling to speak clearly. It is important now that you make a final decision on the shape and colour of the teeth as we can still make changes while it is in the waxed stage. If you are happy and the bite is accurate we will proceed to process and finish the dentures.

At your fifth appointment we will fit the dentures, check the bite and phonetics (speech).

It may take a while to get used to your new dentures so it is important to persevere for a while. You will more than likely get a few sore spots while the dentures settle in. Please come back to us when this happens so that we can ease the denture to relieve the pressure that is causing the pain.

Will my dentures affect the way I taste food?

Your dentures will have little effect on the taste of your food as your taste buds are found primarily on your tongue. Your ability to feel the texture of food may change as welll as your ability to feel the heat of food and drink. Be careful of drinking anything too hot as you will only feel the heatof the liquid when you swallow.

How do I care for my dentures?

Your dentures need to be cleaned with a soft brush and some liquid soap at least twice a day. Avoid using toothpaste as this is abrasive and can damage the polished surface of the denture. You should also soak your denture regularly with a cleaning tablet as this will remove tartar build up and prevent odour-forming bacteria adhering to the denture.

Always clean your denture over a basin filled with water or over a folded facecloth. Your denture will be slippery and you could easily drop and damage it.

Bleach is not recommended for cleaning dentures! It can damage and discolour your denture.

If you remove your dentures at night always place them in a glass or denture bath filled with water. This will prevent them dehydrating.
Your dentures will also need to be cleaned professionally from time to time to remove any tartar accumulation. Bring them in to our denture clinic to ensure a professional clean.

Don’t leave your dentures where dogs can reach them. Dogs love the taste of dentures and consider them a great chew toy!

How do I care for my gums and remaining teeth?

It is important to brush your remaining teeth especially if you are wearing a partial denture. Food particles become trapped under the denture and you should remove the denture and brush your teeth with a suitable toothpaste at least twice a day.

Don’t neglect to brush your gums and tongue if you wear full dentures.
Rinse your dentures and mouth after meals. This will remove any food particles caught under the denture and reduce irritation of your gums.

How often should I see my dental prosthetist?

You should check your dentures at least once a year. Even if you are comfortable with your dentures your dental prosthetist needs to examine your dentures and mouth to ensure that the dentures are still fitting and functioning well and your gums and teeth are healthy.

What are immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures are dentures that are made to replace teeth that need to be extracted. Your prosthetist will work closely with a dentist to plan your treatment. The prosthetist will take impressions of your existing teeth and make dentures that will be fitted when your teeth are extracted. The placement of immediate dentures protects the gums after the extractions and assists in the healing process. They allow you to chew while your gums heal and provide you with an aesthetic replacement of your teeth to maintain your appearance. The immediate dentures will need to be relined once your gums heal to ensure a good fit and a stable denture.

What should I do if my denture breaks?

Please don’t try and fix it with superglue. The glue is not made to be used in the mouth and can be hazardous to your health. Also it is dificult to fix it accurately and may result in your prosthetist having to take a new impression to re-fit or remake your denture. Carefully wrap the denture pieces in tissue paper and bring them to the denture clinic. We will inspect the denture and let you know whether we can fix it or not. If all the pieces fit accurately we can have your denture fixed the same day.

What are the benefits of sports mouthguards?

Sports mouthguards are custom made to fit and protect your teeth.
There are different levels of protection that can be custom built into the mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage for all different sports. Your mouthguard can also be made in your school or club colours and can have your name or a logo embedded into it.

At our denture clinic we can assure you of the best available materials and up to date techniques to protect your teeth.

Do I need a referral to see a dental prosthetist?

You can visit your dental prosthetist without a referral. Dental prosthetists are registered health practitioners and are subject to the same rules and regulations that govern dentists and other health professionals. Our services are recognised by all major health funds, DVA and medicare.

Can I have my dentures made faster?

Yes you can. If you need a spare or new set of dentures in a hurry due to travel or other constraints please call our denture clinic to plan for a fast denture.

What is a dental prosthetist?

Dental prosthetists are the members of the Oral Health Care Team, specifically trained and educated in the skills and knowledge necessary to provide denture services to the community. Equipped with solid technical training as a Dental Technician, and post-technician training in sciences, clinical skills and interpersonal skills, Dental prosthetists are expertly equipped to design, create, construct, and modify prostheses to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort, and general well-being of fully and partially edentulous patients.

Do I need to see a dentist if I am being helped by a dental prosthetist?

Your dental prosthetist is part of your oral health team and is trained to specialize in providing you with dentures. Your prosthetist can conduct an oral examination and will refer you to a dentist if you display any visible signs of tooth decay or disease or infection in the mouth. You will need to see a dentist if you are experiencing any pain in your teeth or require restorative work, extractions and cleaning.

How can I adjust to wearing dentures?

You will need to persevere with your dentures especially if you are wearing dentures for the first time. Dentures generally take up more space in your mouth than your original teeth and will feel bulky and foreign. Your tongue will also be restricted by the palatal coverage and reduced space in the mouth. Your ability to chew might be affected as well as your ability to speak clearly. It will take time to adjust.

Here a few pointers to help:
– cut your food up into smaller portions
– eat softer foods for a while
– try to chew on your back teeth
– for speech problems try to practise speaking out loud at every opportunity

For new denture wearers your prosthetist will guide you in how long to wear them every day until you get used to them. Your dentures are unique and cannot be compared to any other persons dentures.