Why do people need dentures?
Dentures are regularly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and can offer either a short term or long term solution.
They are removable and incorporate a frame made from either plastic or metal, sometimes featuring clasps to hold the dentures in place. We can manufacture and fit both full and partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
It is not only for aesthetic reasons that people who have lost or had multiple teeth removed need dentures fitted. They can also assist in biting, chewing and digesting food, help maintain speech clarity, and fill out the upper and lower jaws so as to prevent the cheeks from sagging or caving in.
How are dentures fitted?
A thorough examination at our south Adelaide dental surgery is required before we begin the procedure of fitting dentures.
As part of this process, we may take X-rays, along with impressions and bite records, in preparation for a trial wax insertion. Once we have the information and measurements we require to be able to create the dentures, manufacturing can begin.
The length of time required for your dentures to be made will depend on whether you need full or partial dentures, but you can generally expect it to take between 1 or 2 weeks. You will then need to return to the surgery to have a supervised fitting, so we can be sure that your new dentures fit properly and are comfortable for you to wear.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures can provide a range of benefits, regardless of whether you are having a full or partial set fitted.
They will of course have a positive impact on your appearance, preventing your cheeks from sagging or drooping, which has perhaps aged you prematurely. The associated change may also boost your self esteem and confidence about how you look.
In addition, they will help you to bite and chew your food more efficiently and effectively, improving your digestion and overall health and well-being. Dentures that replace missing teeth, particularly at the front of the mouth, can also significantly improve your diction, making it easier for you to speak and for others to understand you.
When should I get dentures?
Dentures may become necessary at any point in life, although it is most typically older people who need them.
Whether you need full or partial dentures will depend on the position and number of teeth that you have missing and need to be replaced. Your dentist will be able to advise you, and will guide you through the process to ensure that you are always fully informed.
Common questions about dentures
How long does it take to get dentures?
The length of time required will vary depending on circumstances such as whether you are having a full or partial set made, but you can usually expect it to take 1-6 weeks.
What’s the difference between full and partial dentures?
Full dentures usually refer to what would once have been called a set of false teeth, where either the full upper or lower sets of teeth, or both, have been removed and need to be replaced. A partial set of dentures is where the replacement teeth are attached to a gum coloured plastic base. Essentially, a partial denture is designed to fill the space created by your missing teeth.
How long do dentures last?
With good care and maintenance, you can expect a set of dentures to last for around 6 to 8 years. We also recommend that you have a dental checkup every six months, when we can also review the condition of your dentures.
If your dentures start to cause you pain or discomfort at any time, you should call us on (08) 8382 2436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and make an appointment to come in to the dental surgery at Morphett Vale as soon as possible.