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Dentures

South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.

Dentures

Missing teeth? Dentures can improve the ability to chew and speak, as well as enhance the appearance of the smile. They can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and causing further dental problems. While implants can restore your teeth without them being removable, dentures can be a more affordable option. 

Dentures are a dental appliance used to replace missing teeth and restore the function and appearance of the mouth. They can be complete or partial, depending on the extent of tooth loss.

Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures can be acrylic only or have a metal framework. Dentures with a metal framework are more comfortable, more slimline and generally last longer but are more expensive. 

Dentures are custom-made for each patient, and the process of obtaining dentures involves several appointments. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, sometimes this can even be done with a digital scanner, meaning no thick putty impressions that make some patients gag. This is used to create a model of the dentures to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

Dentures can improve the ability to chew and speak, as well as enhance the appearance of the smile. They can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and causing further dental problems.

However, wearing dentures may take some time to get used to, and there may be some discomfort or soreness during the adjustment period. Proper care and maintenance of dentures are important to ensure their longevity and effectiveness.

Overall, dentures are a popular and effective treatment option for restoring the function and appearance of the mouth and can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with missing teeth.

PROS AND CON

Pros of Dentures:

Improved appearance: Dentures can restore the appearance of the mouth and enhance the smile.

Improved function: Dentures can improve the ability to chew and speak, making it easier to enjoy food and communicate with others.

Customizable: Dentures are custom-made to fit the unique needs of each patient, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.

Prevents tooth shifting: Dentures can prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and causing further dental problems.

Cost-effective: Dentures are often a more cost-effective treatment option than other dental procedures such as dental implants.

Cons of Dentures:

Adjustment period: It may take some time to adjust to wearing dentures, and there may be some discomfort or soreness during the adjustment period.

Maintenance: Proper care and maintenance of dentures are important to ensure their longevity and effectiveness.

Speech difficulties: Some patients may experience speech difficulties when wearing dentures, particularly in the early stages of use.

Discomfort: Dentures can cause discomfort or irritation to the gums and mouth, particularly if they do not fit properly.

Limited function: Dentures may not provide the same level of function as natural teeth, particularly when it comes to eating certain foods

Not as stable as implants: Implants replace your teeth with essentially new teeth in every way. They are stable, fixed and restore your full function. If you’re struggling with dentures, perhaps a free implant consult may be a great way to learn about your options. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

The longevity of dentures depends on several factors, including the type of dentures, the materials used, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last many years before needing to be replaced.

Proper care and maintenance of dentures involve daily cleaning with a soft-bristled brush and regular use of a denture cleaner. Dentures can be cleaned and left in a clean dry container overnight. It is best not to wear dentures at night. 

While there may be an adjustment period when first wearing dentures, most patients can eat and speak normally with dentures after a few weeks becoming accustomed to them.

Dentures may cause some discomfort or soreness during the adjustment period, but most patients find them comfortable to wear once they have become accustomed to them. 

Yes, dentures can be repaired if they are damaged or broken. Sometimes this can be provided with our team however sometimes we need to refer you directly to a prosthetist (denture technician). 

It is generally not recommended to wear dentures while sleeping, as this can increase the risk of developing oral infections and other complications.

At south West Rocks Family Dental we firmly believe every person is unique and therefore their treatment options are unique. Come in for a comprehensive dental examination and we’ll spend time helping you understand the best way to improve your smile and function. 

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