Natural Looking Dentures

dentures-perthDental Prosthetist David Wilson is highly skilled at creating natural looking dentures. With specialised instruments and exacting techniques your denture is tailored to the best possible fit. This is achieved by taking impressions and handcrafting your denture in close consultation with you to ensure your individual look, colour and fit.

How is a new denture made?

Step 1
Discuss your likes and dislikes about a new or existing denture. View the range of acrylic teeth and discuss which colours and shapes will best compliment your facial tones.

Step 2
Have your impression taken using a natural algae based material

Step 3
A wax modelled denture is carefully crafted from your impression. This is positioned and adjusted to an exact fit. Low expansion Yellowstone® and high grade plasters are used to duplicate this model into a high strength acrylic denture.

Step 4
Your denture will be polished with volcanic pumice and is then ready for a final fitting. Minor adjustments are sometimes made.

Why is correct fit so important?

A correctly fitting denture is important because where teeth are absent, the jaw begins to shrink in a continual process of resorption. If a denture is not refitted to this changing jaw structure, underlying gums become irrepairably damaged.

Further damage occurs to the tempomandibular joint as the upper and lower jaw move away from their correct alignment. This leads to an over-closing jaw. Eating is difficult and facial tissue is not properly supported. Muscles collapse and cause a prematurely aged appearance.

You can prevent permanent damage and collapsed facial muscles by having regular denture checks with your Dental Prosthetist.

Seek prompt advice with problems such as:

  • Loose denture
  • Cracked and sore corners of the mouth
  • Inability to bite properly or 'clicking' jaw
  • A dull pain around the ear or headache
  • Impaired hearing

natural-looking-denturesWhat can I expect from a new denture?

A new denture will give new sensations in your mouth. You may experience a little difficulty chewing certain foods for a while, however you will overcome this as the muscles in your mouth adjust.

A denture may also temporarily affect the way you talk. With practise, speech will return to normal before too long.

Some people experience increased salivation and will need to swallow more frequently for a while. This too will pass.

When should a denture be replaced?

A denture that has been fitted accurately should last approximately five to six years. However, because your gum structure is continually changing, it is vital to maintain a well fitting denture base.

Over time, dentures can become rounded and lose their realistic appearance. Activity such as chewing gum or grinding teeth may cause premature wear to a denture. Over-brushing with abrasive toothpastes and hard brushes will abrade dentures and hasten deterioration.

Mouths can become accustomed to an incorrectly fitting denture, so regular checks and adjustments are the best way to prevent permanent damage.

How should I clean my denture?

Dentures harbour bacteria and are susceptible to plaque in the same way teeth are. This not only causes bad breath and stained dentures, but is not good for your gums.

Dentures are often broken when they are being cleaned. Simply holding them over a face washer whilst cleaning may prevent accidental breakage. Holding your denture with two fingers and your thumb rather than in the palm of your hand can also prevent damage. A good quality denture brush and warm soapy water is fine.

When you clean your denture, take time to care also for your gums. Gentle brushing with toothpaste and a soft bristled brush will keep them healthy.

Avoid bleaches, abrasive cleaners and hard brushes as they may damage or discolour your denture. Built up plaque or stains are best removed by your Dental Prosthetist who will also polish your denture with specialised equipment.

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