Restore your confidence with dentures

Dentures are non-permanent replacements for weak or missing teeth that are custom made for your mouth and act as a full or partial set of teeth in one or more areas of your mouth.

Are there different types of dentures?

There are three types of dentures:

  • Full Dentures – dentures that replace a full set of teeth are called full dentures. Full dentures fit over your existing gums and consist of a prosthetic gum and teeth.
  • Immediate Dentures – dentures that are fitted immediately into your mouth after the removal of your teeth are called immediate dentures. The benefit of immediate dentures is that you are never without teeth, they may, however, need to be adjusted again after your gums heal.
  • Partial Dentures – when only a few of your natural teeth are missing a partial denture may be recommended. Partial dentures are attached to existing teeth to anchor the prosthetic tooth or teeth in place.

How do dentures work?

A partial denture sits on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth or implants. In some cases, crowns will be placed on the surrounding teeth to create a better fit and provide an anchor for the denture. A partial denture could be described as the removable option of a bridge restoration.

Designed to look like your natural teeth, full dentures consist of a full set of teeth. The base of the upper denture covers the entire roof of your mouth while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to ensure maximum comfort for your tongue.

You will find dentures can take some getting used to. However, your mouth and tongue soon adjust. Many patients find the restored confidence that comes from having a complete set of teeth, which can often make the adjustment easier too.

How do I care for my dentures?

Although dentures are more cost effective than permanent crowns or bridges, they will need to be adjusted and realigned from time to time, particularly if they are immediate dentures.

Dentures are easy to keep clean; you simply take them out and brush them. When your dentures are not in your mouth, we do recommend keeping them moist to ensure longevity. Your dentist will provide you with care instructions and the best solutions to use.

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of having dentures is the fact that they can be removed when work is required, so you don’t need to feel a thing.

Want the convenience of a removable option to fill in missing teeth? Need to have your dentures adjusted and aligned? Call the Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice today on (02) 4822 8224 to discuss your denture options and care at a dental check up.

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