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What Is A Denture?

Dentures are a removable artificial set of teeth that are used to restore teeth or a single tooth which has been lost due to any reason. A denture is custom-made to fit the shape and size of a patient’s jaws and gums to fit over the gum tissues to substitute for any missing teeth.

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Reasons You May Need A Denture

Reasons You May Need A Denture

1 – You don’t go for your regular dental check ups

Our dentists emphasize the importance of regular check-ups once or twice a year. These check-ups with your dentist help you to avoid any cavities, gum diseases, or any oral problems, along with enabling your dentist to keep a record of any abnormalities or issues with your gums or teeth.

It is also much easier to have any oral health issues treated in the earlier stages of diagnosis rather than letting an issue go unnoticed and worsen. If cavities or periodontal issues get severe, it can then be necessary for your dentist to extract teeth, therefore, leading towards the necessity for a denture.

Loose Teeth or Gaps

2 – Loose Teeth or Gaps

Loose or unstable teeth can be a sign of a more serious periodontal (gum) issue. If this is the case, your dentist may require you to conduct some periodontal treatment or you may need to remove the loose teeth.

3 – A Long-Lasting Toothache

severe toothache could mean that dental decay has deteriorated to the extent where the nerves in your tooth have been damaged. If diagnosed early, your dentist might be able to repair the tooth with a regular filling or even root canal treatment.

However, if the condition deteriorates then your dentist may suggest removing the tooth and then needing a partial denture.

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4 – Missing Teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a form of prosthetic treatment to help protect your other teeth. You can put yourself at risk of losing further jaw bones if you abandon any areas with missing teeth. To restore your missing teeth and prevent any bone loss, you can use dentures or a range of other prosthetics to help prevent this.

5 – You Have Issues Biting or Chewing Your Food

If you are unable to eat or chew some foods, this may be caused by various reasons such as; toothaches, a cracked tooth, or from your missing teeth. If diagnosed early, then the issue may be prevented however, if due to missing teeth, then dentures might be your solution to start enjoying food again. 

6 – Being Ashamed of Your Smile Due to Missing Teeth

If you are missing or have any damaged teeth, it can affect how much you smile or show your teeth. With new dentures, this can be fixed and help bring you back to a happy confident smile.
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2 – Partial Set Dentures

A set of partial dentures are typically made up of just a few replacement teeth which are attached to a gum-coloured resin base, which is sometimes linked using a metal frame which is supported by the remaining teeth within the mouth.

A partial denture is used when either the upper or lower jaw has had one or many teeth removed but there are still some natural teeth present.

3 – Overdentures

Patients who have either a full or partial set of dentures can understand the frustration of them slipping or becoming loose when speaking or eating. An overdenture is another option that can remove these issues that a conventional denture creates.

An overdenture is either a full or partial denture that is secured in place to the mouth with dental implants. This can provide help alleviate all the issues cause by conventional dentures and get you laughing and eating again. They create the security of function as natural teeth and eliminating the need to take them in and out all the time.

1 – Full Set Dentures

A complete full set of dentures can be described as either “immediate” or “conventional “. A conventional denture is made around eight to twelve weeks after any teeth have been extracted before being created to place in the mouth.

In variation to a conventional denture, an immediate denture is made before the teeth are extracted and then fitted at the time of removal, this giving the patient the option to have teeth throughout the healing duration. However, the downfall of this option is that the gums and bones do shrink over time, especially directly after an extraction and throughout the healing phase.

Therefore, weighed up to a conventional denture, immediate dentures have the unfortunate downside that an increasingly more adjustments are necessary to fit this denture correctly through the whole healing process. That’s why an immediate denture should be considered as only a temporary solution until a conventional denture can be ready.

 

Caring For Your Denture

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Caring For Your Denture
  • One thing you should know about all dentures, is if they drop then they often break. Therefore, the most appropriate way to clean a denture is to use either a towel folded or water bowl or sink full, under your dentures as you clean them, to help prevent breakage if you do drop them.
  • Your denture should always be removed and kept in a glass or bowl of water when you are going to bed or sleep, this helps your gums relax from the denture and your mouth naturally clean your mouth and gums with your saliva, which helps keeps away nasty fungus the denture can create if worn overnight.
  • All dentures have to be gently cleaned every day. There is colourless film of plaque that is present within the mouth, this is what creates some damage and decay to teeth. If you are not removing this from your denture or if you keep an unhygienic denture then this can cause oral fungus’s, gum diseases and bad breath. To help prevent all this from food bacteria, it is essential to brush and soak your dentures every single day in a denture-cleaning mix. Just make sure to not use a toothpaste for them, and never scrub your denture.
  • For those with partial dentures then it is important to keep your regular oral hygiene habits and continue to also brush and floss your teeth daily.
  • Something important to note. Within the first couple of weeks of using your new dentures, they can feel odd or bulky inside your mouth which will create more saliva. Is it good to note though that the mouth will adapt to your new denture over time, so try wearing your denture as much as possible to help your mouth get used to them as quick as possible. Before you know it, they will start to feel normal. If your denture wasn’t fitted properly initially then this may cause some irritation during eating and talking and you may possibly experience some soreness in your mouth, this is normal. If you are experiencing some sore spots, call your dentist to book for a quick adjustment.

Are You A Right Candidate For A Denture?

If you have any questions about your oral health and think you may need a denture,  then call Nundah Central Dental at (07) 3130 4472 to book an appointment with our dentist to see how we can help you. Visit and like our Facebook Page to get notified of the latest news and special offers.

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