Although saving natural teeth is our priority, for some patients this isn’t an option, and they may require professionally fitted dentures (or false teeth). Our Melbourne Dentists will ensure your dentures are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, and are made from a combination of metal and acrylic materials. Without the support of a denture, over time face muscles begin to sag, giving you a premature aged appearance. Importantly, dentures allow the patient to regain their ability to eat and speak which is often taken for granted with natural teeth.
Types of dentures
Complete or full denture. As the name suggests, this appliance is required when a patient requires the removal (or already missing) all natural teeth on the upper or lower jaw (or both).
Partial dentures. This type of denture is used when some teeth are missing on one jaw, with the remaining natural teeth used as an anchor.
Dentures are a removable appliance and initially, some patients may take time to feel comfortable with the fit and feel. In some cases, adjustments to the denture will be necessary to ensure the best fit.
Unlike implants or crowns, dentures will require additional daily care and maintenance in order to keep them in top condition. Regular check-ups at our Melbourne Clinics will ensure the longevity of your dentures and that they are correctly fitted.
How much does a full denture or partial denture cost?
This depends on the individual and whether a full denture or partial denture is required. Private health insurance does cover some costs associated with denture appliances, so be sure to contact your health insurance provider. To find out more, please book an appointment at one of our Melbourne clinics.
How do I clean my Dentures?
Whether you have a full denture or partial denture, they need to be properly maintained. To ensure good oral hygiene and denture longevity you should:
– Avoid very sticky foods that may stick and damage the denture base
– Avoid very hot foods that may melt your denture
– Brush and rinse your dentures every morning and night, as you would with natural teeth
– Handle your dentures with care
– Soak your dentures everynight in cold water with a mild dishwashing liquid.
To find out more about denture care, book an appointment with one of our Melbourne Dentist’s.