People who have some natural teeth usually have less gum shrinkage and fewer changes in their underlying jawbone, so their dentures may retain a good fit for longer.
However, after some time, dentures may feel loose and awkward. Loose dentures can cause irritation and ulcers of the gums that are painful and can become infected. If your dentures become loose, see your dentist to have them adjusted. Each denture is crafted and custom made to suit your mouth, so see a professional to ensure the adjustment is precise. The dentist can then adjust your denture by placing an inner lining in the denture. Several adjustments may be required before the final fit is satisfactory in the long term.
What are the options for treatment?
A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture nearby teeth. Your denture can be made of acrylic or metal and your dentists can discuss the best option for you.
A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth or both.
The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment where teeth are extracted. The advantage is that this means you avoid a period with no teeth. However, this option means that you will need several adjustments to your denture over time, once the gums and bone have adjusted. It is likely that a remodelled denture will need to be constructed once the gums and bone have settled down.
Does it hurt?
There can be some discomfort with different procedures, depending on what is required. Whilst we can’t promise a completely pain free experience, we do our best to talk you through every step along the way and make sure you are comfortable through all treatment. We will ensure that you are completely numb, and stop at any time you need to.
For our patients who are scared or who find it difficult to sit through lengthy treatments, we can offer oral sedation so that they are relaxed on arrival and during treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the solution that you and your dentist agree is the best option for you. Once we understand the preferred solution then we can discuss the cost and payment options with you.
If you are a member of BUPA, Medibank Private, NIB and HCF health funds – we are a preferred provider, so you will maximise your benefit when you make a claim for your treatment. Alternatively, if you have a Centrelink income, you may be entitled to government funding to assist with your treatment, under the Country Dental Health Services scheme. We also offer National Dental Plan as a payment plan option. (Terms and conditions apply).
If you haven’t been to our surgery before we are happy to arrange a 15-minute consultation, with no out of pocket cost, to do a brief examination of your mouth, and discuss treatment options. At your consultation it is likely that the dentist will recommend a full examination and some x-rays for starters to determine fully what your treatment plan should be.