At NovaDental, we’re always clear in terms of our stance on preventative dentistry. It’s our job to work alongside you to preserve your natural teeth.
That said, if the majority of your teeth are missing or so severely damaged they need to be removed, full dentures may be the best step forward for both your oral health and appearance. Not to mention, dentures may be necessary for both eating and speaking.
It’s amazing how we all tend to take such basic, everyday things for granted.
Often, people lose their natural teeth due to issues such as gum disease, tooth decay or even injury (bad sporting events or a car accident for example).
Full or complete dentures replace the teeth in your upper or lower jaw and when necessary, both. As dentists, we find it’s more common to see that the top teeth have been lost while some of the bottom teeth remain.
As always, if you suspect anything isn’t feeling as it should in regards to your oral health, you should make an appointment with your NovaDental dentist as soon as possible.
You may have heard that dentures cost quite a bit of money but cost should never detract you from booking an appointment. While our clinics do use new denture retention technology, our dentists will sit down with you to discuss your options.
If you do need permanent or full dentures, the process will take anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks. There is a very specific process that needs to be followed and you’ll need to prepare for several appointments with your dentist.
Here’s a basic rundown of the dentures process:
Impressions – Several impressions of your jaw will be taken. This measures the space in your mouth.
Models – The next step is for your dentist to make a mold of wax or plastic in the shape of the denture so that you can try it on. This is where any adjustments to the colour, shape and fit can be altered before the permanent dentures are actually made.
Cast – Here, the final dentures are cast and adjusted as necessary.
It’s not unusual for new dentures to feel a bit strange and uncomfortable for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. Because of this, when you are first fitted with your dentures, your dentist may advise you to wear them all the time, even while sleeping.
Doing this often makes for the quickest and easiest way to determine if there are any spots that need adjustment. It’s incredibly important that the dentures are properly fitted as otherwise, gums can be irritated.
Once you’re feeling comfortable with your dentures, you’ll be able to remove them at night. This enables the stimulation of the gum tissues by the tongue and saliva which helps maintain overall gum health.
As we said, if you do suspect you need dentures, make an appointment with your nearest NovaDental clinic as soon as possible. Simply call: 1300 584 143.