What are dentures?
A denture is a removable prosthesis that can replace several or a full arch of missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth.
Dentures are made from a flesh-coloured acrylic base that fits the patient’s gums and/or teeth. The shape and colour of the denture teeth are selected to match the patient’s other teeth.
What are the different types of dentures?
There are several types of dentures including:
Full dentures: Full dentures replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw of the mouth. It is custom-made to fit perfectly with your gums.
Immediate dentures: An immediate denture is a full denture that is inserted immediately after all teeth of one arch have been removed. The advantage is there is no downtime where you will have to go without teeth. However, the immediate denture may not fit as well, and you may experience discomfort wearing it. Your denture will have to be relined a couple of times during the healing process as your mouth heals and the swelling goes down.
Partial dentures: A partial denture is a removable alternative to a dental bridge. It is held in place by a metal framework which attaches to the adjacent natural teeth. In some cases, dental crowns are placed to act as anchor points for the denture.
Implant retained dentures: An implant retained denture is a full denture that is secured by dental implants. This means, they do not move as conventional dentures do. This means, you can enjoy the foods you like without worrying about losing your teeth. In most cases, 4-8 dental implants are necessary to stabilise the denture.
What is the treatment process for dentures?
During your first appointment, your dentist or prosthetist will discuss your case and assess your suitability for treatment. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have. Together, you will find a solution you feel comfortable with.
In the next step, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth or gums to fabricate the denture. Your dentist will assess the shape and shade of your existing teeth so that your denture aesthetically matches.
You will get a wax try-in of your new set of teeth and will be able to make changes until you are satisfied with the result.
Due to the way our mouths change without teeth, a removable denture will have to be relined. We recommend at least once a year to ensure a good fit.
Are dentures the right solution for me?
Dentures are suitable for patients who have lost most or all their natural teeth and associated tissues.
The right type of denture differs from case to case. Please discuss your concerns and expectations with your dentist.
How long do dentures last?
It is normal for your denture to be relined or remade every few years or as your mouth changes when you get older.
Looking after your denture
Your denture needs to be supplemented into your oral hygiene routine and taken care of as you would your natural teeth.
Keep your denture clean by brushing it with a soft toothbrush after meals and use. A denture soaking solution can help to remove food debris overnight.
How much do dentures cost?
The exact costs for your denture depends on the type of denture you choose and complexity of the treatment. After your initial consultation, your dentist will be able to give you an accurate quote for your case.
Does my private health fund cover the cost for dentures?
Your health fund may cover some of the treatment costs depending on your policy provider and the type of dental extras cover. If prosthetics are part of your cover, you may be able to claim part of the treatment cost.
Please ask our friendly receptionists for the treatment item numbers for your denture treatment. Your health fund will be able to tell you how much you are covered for.