Dentures

Partial and complete dentures are designed for patients who have lost some or all of their teeth. Dentures can offer an affordable alternative to implants and bridges.dentures dentist hornsby

They are a prosthetic appliance made of either:

  • Acrylic
  • Metal

which is custom fitted to your mouth.

The typical procedure is done over 6 visits where a full assessment is required (which may also include x-rays, impressions and current denture assessment).

The Process:

  • A bite analysis will be taken.
  • Followed by trial insertions to ensure you are happy.
  • Then the final fitting as well as any follow up adjustments needed.

All of our laboratory work is performed in Australia.

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces teeth. You remove it to clean it and it may be replacing all the teeth (full denture) or some of them (partial denture).

What steps are involved in getting a denture?

A thorough dental check-up as well as examination of the mouth and an assessment of the health of the gums is needed prior to the construction of a denture.
If you are having a partial denture, this check-up will include a full examination of your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of your mouth. At this check-up radiographs may be taken to ensure the teeth are healthy, and strong enough to help support a denture

You then have:

  1. Impressions
  2. Bite records
  3. Trial wax insertions
  4. Then the final issue and instructions.

How long will I have to go without any teeth?

  • “Immediate dentures” are made to be inserted immediately after the removal of a tooth or some teeth. They can be constructed to replace only one tooth or many teeth.  It is a quick fix solution which can mask the missing teeth whilst waiting for the bone to stabilise, after which a reline (rebase of the denture) is usually required.
  • A standard denture can take anywhere between 2-6 weeks to complete.

How often should I have my denture checked?

  • If you have remaining natural teeth, these as well as your denture should be assessed every six months to check the soft tissue and supporting teeth.
  • Full dentures should be reviewed between 1-2 years.

Why does my denture need to be relined?

  • The rapid shrinkage of bone following extractions means the denture will soon need to have the fitting surface relined once that shrinkage has stabilized.
  •  After a reline, patients report a much better fit. This relining maybe done between three and six months after an immediate denture has been fitted.
  • All dentures lose their fit through natural changes in your mouth. Bone also shrinks away after some time and the existing denture may need to be relined to fit the shape of the new bone position. This be accelerated by biting on nails/hard objects and grinding, and rapid weight loss.
  • Relining involves an additional fee, but this is going to be cheaper than a new set of dentures and it is often very much appreciated as you become accustomed to the feel of your dentures

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