Denture is one of the options to replace some (partial denture) or all missing teeth (complete denture).
At Mildura Family Dental your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth for suitability for dentures. You will be able to discuss different types of dentures available and your dentist will help you chose the one that suits your needs and expectations the best. Things that need to be looked at include:
Existing teeth, fillings and cavities
The health of your gums and any loose teeth
If you have no natural teeth, your gums and underlying bone will be assessed
Generally, from 2 up to 4 appointments will be necessary as dentures are made in stages. The only exception being an ‘Immediate denture’, when a tooth is extracted and the denture is fitted immediately to replace the missing tooth. This denture will have to be adjusted in 3 to 6 months after the extraction once the healing of the gums is complete.
It will take a while getting used to the new dentures, time and patience is needed. Speaking and eating will be affected and all patients go through this process of adapting to their new dentures. Dentures may cause soreness in the first 24 hours, if the soreness persists please contact us as the dentures may need slight adjustments, this can be done at the practice.
It is important that you still have regular dental examinations even if you have no natural teeth, as the dentist needs to look for changes in your gums and the underlying bone. At Mildura Family Dental we will also check your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for infection or signs of oral cancer.
Most dentures are removable, however in some cases implants are used to support or fix the denture in place. Depending on the situation and your preference, some of the non-removable alternatives to dentures include bridges and implants.