- Q1. Do I need a referral to see a Dental Prosthetist?
No, a referral is not necessary to see a dental prosthetist. In some circumstances general practitioners or dentists may refer patients for treatment.
- Q2. How long will my dentures last?
The tissue and underlying bone in the mouth are continually changing. Over time your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined or replaced to maintain a good fit. The average life of a denture is about five to seven years. Your dental prosthetist will advise when this is necessary.
- Q3. What happens if I don’t regularly replace my dentures?
Worn out dentures can cause permanent damage, compromising the health of the denture wearer. Some possible effects are: headaches, neck and joint pain, difficulty chewing, poor digestion and dietary problems, sunken face, over-closing of the jaw, irritated and soft gums, as well as premature bone loss, due to ill-fitting dentures.
- Q4. How much do they cost?
There are many different treatment options available for denture wearers. A consultation is required so the dental prosthetist can discuss with you the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
- Q5. Will I look different?
With the advent of modern technologies dentures can be personalised to suit you and give you a natural appearance. Each patient’s individual requirements are catered for to ensure that they will be happy with the appearance of their new dentures.
- Q6. How will dentures affect the way I eat?
Eating with dentures for the first time will require practice and patience but with time you will be able to bite and chew more naturally. In the beginning, avoid hard foods in favour of a diet of soft foods. Try taking smaller bites and chewing gently to prevent dentures from becoming loose. Gradually introduce more solid foods to your diet and with time you will be able to enjoy most foods.
- Q7. Will my dentures affect my sense of taste?
Food may taste a little different at first while your mouth is adjusting to the feel of your denture but it will soon start to taste normal again.
- Q8. Will they affect my speech?
You may notice some differences in your speech at first but with time your tongue, lips and cheeks will become accustomed to the contours of your dentures. Singing and reading out loud will allow your tongue to find the correct position for enunciating your speech.
- Q9. What should you do if your dentures crack or break?
Call your dental prosthetist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself.
- Q10. What is the best way to clean my dentures?
Daily cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft bristled brush will help to minimise the build-up of plaque and stains on your dentures. Abrasives in toothpaste can cause microscopic scratches that allow bacteria and stains to attach to the denture more readily. Your dental prosthetist can also clean your dentures in an ultra-sonic cleaner and restore your dentures to their original as new state.
- Q11. Should I take my dentures out at night?
This depends on your situation and should be discussed with your dental prosthetist..
- Q12. How often should I have my dentures checked?
Your dental prosthetist will advise you on how often you should have your dentures checked. This is important for your general oral health, and to monitor any changes with the fit of your dentures or health of your gums. Physical challenges with the supporting bone in your mouth, use of certain medications or weight loss, can all affect the fit of your dentures.
- Q13. Are dentures guaranteed?
You betchya! All our BPS® dentures are guaranteed for up to 5 years against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
- Q14. What payment facilities do you have?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, EFTPOS and Cash. We have a Hicaps terminal for on the spot health fund claims.
- Q15. What is a denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while partial dentures fill the spaces made by missing teeth, restoring function and preventing other teeth from changing position.
- Q16. What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium fixture that replaces the root of your natural tooth and is fitted to either upper or lower jaw bone. It acts as a support for a prosthetic tooth or a denture. The titanium fixture fuses with the jaw bone (osseointegration).
- Q17. What is an implant retained denture?
An implant retained denture is a removable denture that fit over dental implants and are held in place by clips or fasteners and can be removed by the patient for cleaning.
- Q18. Do my medications affect the fit of my dentures?
Drugs, including over the counter medications can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth adversely affecting denture fit and comfort. A saliva substitute may be recommended for increased comfort. Please inform us of any medications you are taking.