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Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth With A Removable Prosthetic

More than ever, Australians understand the importance of practicing good oral hygiene.  With proper care, your teeth can last a lifetime.  But losing teeth as you age is still common even if you practice good oral care. 

Dental implants or bridges can be great for replacing up to a few teeth, but if your gums and teeth are not suitable for either or you lose a large portion of your teeth, then dentures are a great solution to regain functionality, and make your smile whole again. 

Getting dentures can be life-changing.  A well-made denture will improve your life by allowing you to eat, drink, and speak properly again, all while improving the appearance of your teeth. With modern advancement in dental technology, dentures fit better, function better, and look better than ever before.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are custom-made and removable false teeth that replace missing teeth. A denture’s design allows it to be taken out and put back in the mouth at various times of the day and is made to match the colour of your natural teeth and gums.

Dentures are generally made from an acrylic (plastic) resin or metal. The dentures are specially coloured to resemble natural gums and teeth.  During your assessment, your cosmetic dentist takes an impression of your mouth, which they use as the mould for your dentures. 

Dentures rest on the gums and are held in place by suction.  Adding a denture adhesive is a good way to prevent the dentures from slipping and from bits of food getting stuck underneath.

Types Of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures.

Complete Dentures

A full denture is a complete replacement of your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.  These dentures are typically for those who have lost most or all of their upper or lower teeth already.  If there are remaining teeth, they are removed before the denture is made.  

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps when only some teeth are missing.  They are attached to other existing teeth using metal clasps.  The dentist may place a crown over the existing healthy teeth as a secure anchor.

Getting Used To Your Dentures

It is common for dentures to feel odd and uncomfortable while your mouth adjusts to eating, drinking, and speaking with a new object in your mouth. It does take a little bit of practice and patience to take them out and put them back in at first.

During the first few weeks, you may need to book follow up appointments if any minor adjustments need to take place.  Otherwise, your dentist will check on your dentures during your routine check-ups. 

Rest assured, dentures feel natural and comfortable after a few short weeks or months.

Eating With Dentures

Eating can be one of the trickiest parts of being a new denture owner.   You may have questions such as:  What can I eat?  Are there any foods I should avoid?  How long will it take to eat normally?

After you get your new dentures, you should start with small pieces of food and soft foods like eggs, mashed potatoes, pudding, and soups.  You should be careful to chew your food evenly and thoroughly. 

For the first months, avoid hard or chewy foods like tough cuts of meat and gum, which may dislodge the dentures.  It can also be hard to gauge temperature properly, so be careful with very hot drinks and foods.

When Do I Wear My Dentures?

People new to dentures naturally have questions about when they are worn.  Do I wear them all the time?  Do I wear them when I sleep?  Does this schedule change over time?

In the first few weeks of getting your dentures, we recommend wearing them all the time, including when you are sleeping.  Having the dentures in your mouth for the first few weeks will help you adjust to them more quickly. 

After the first few weeks, you should take them out at night to encourage your gums to rest.  When you are wearing your dentures 24/7, you want to make sure they are cleaned properly before bed and after waking to prevent irritation and unwanted odour.

Denture Care & Cleaning

A regular cleaning schedule and proper care will ensure your dentures last for many years.  Here are some cleaning and care tips.

//  Always soak your dentures in water when they are not in your mouth.  This prevents them from drying out.

//  Brush your dentures every day with warm water.  Toothpaste is designed for teeth and could damage the dentures over time.  Brush gently to remove any food build-up.

//  Hold your dentures over a towel or other soft surface.  Dentures are fragile and can break if dropped on a hard surface.

//  Denture cleaner may help remove deeper stains and leave your dentures feeling extra fresh and clean.  Speak to your dentist about the recommended cleaners.

//  Brush your gums, tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth daily to keep it clean and remove plaque build-up.

At King Street Dental, we know a well-made set of dentures can be a life-changer.  Our dental experts take extra care to craft your dentures right the first time for that perfect fit.

Call King Street Dental today and let our professionals make you a set of teeth you’ll want to smile in.  

Arrange your appointment. You’re only 5 minutes away from a beautiful smile.

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Where To Find King Street Dental

King Street Dental is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

If you have trouble finding us, please call us.