Complete dentures are a way to replace a full set of lower/upper teeth. As we age, it is natural that over time your teeth may start to deteriorate and eventually fall out (please speak to us about best practices to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible). However, we have seen young patients who have lost their teeth also due to accidents or trauma to their teeth.
One of the first things to be effected by tooth loss is not the obvious one of struggling to eat our favourite foods, but the effect it has on our self confidence. Our smiles is one of the first things people notice about you. Having a gappy smile or no teeth at all can really take its toll on your personal/social and even work life.
What Is The Process Of Getting Complete Denture?
When we make dentures we take impressions of your mouth which are then sent to a dental laboratory for special trays to be made. These trays are then used to take secondary impressions of your mouth which gives us a more accurate model of your mouth.
A study model is then made from these new impressions and this helps the dental laboratory to fabricate a trial denture for you to try.
The try stage is effectively a mock up of what your new denture will be like and will help us to further adjust the new denture based on how it fits in your mouth. This will then be used to make your final denture to be fitted.
Please note with dentures it is to be expected that there will be a certain level of adjustments after the initial fit to ensure they are comfortable on your gums.
The whole process usually takes between 4-5 visits over a 2-3 week period.
How Do Dentures Stay In Place?
Dentures work by being made to fit your mouth precisely. The closer and more accurate the dentures are made, the better they will feel and function for you. By being a snug and comfortable fit, it will create a sort of vacuum suction that will hold them in place. Dentures that are ill fitting will feel uncomfortable and can cause irritations on the gums. If you are not happy with your current dentures, please do not hesitate to call us and book in with one of our dental professionals so we can assess the fit.
At our sister practices we have a dentist who can offer dental implants which is the most securest way to hold your dentures in place.
If you would like to explore your denture options please call us today to book your dental assessment.