If you’ve lost your natural teeth due to injury, decay or damage, get in touch with the team at Suncoastdental in Maroochydore. Our qualified team of dentists and dental hygienists are passionate in helping patients of all ages with their oral health issues.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are custom made to resemble the shape, size and colour of your natural teeth. You can choose to have either partial or full dentures depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. The purpose of dentures is to not only help with eating and speaking, but to also retain the appearance of your teeth as many patients struggle or can have confidence issues when they lose their natural teeth.
Made from either hard resin, porcelain or plastic, our dentists will take a detailed impression of your gums to ensure your denture can sit comfortably and securely in your mouth. At Suncoastdental, we outsource our dentures from trusted, local laboratories on the Sunshine Coast.
To begin the denture process, your dentist will first need to take an x-ray scan and thoroughly examine your jawbone and any existing natural teeth. It’s vital that any underlying oral conditions are dealt with at this stage to prevent further complications down the track. This includes any fillings or dental restoration work. From there, we will create a mould of your teeth which is then sent to one of our local laboratories, where technicians will fabricate your custom denture.
From there, the denture is sent back to us and we will hold a trial fitting to ensure maximum comfort. More often than not, this process will highlight some issues with the denture, and result in some changes that need to be made, whether it be fit or the appearance of the artificial teeth. We want to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your dentures, as it will impact on your ability to eat, speak and smile, so don’t hesitate to tell us your requirements.
Once you are happy with your dentures, we can schedule a time for the final fitting. Each patient is different, but it generally takes around two weeks for you to adjust to your dentures. During this time, we recommend patients to avoid eating hard-to-chew foods such as steak, and schedule follow up appointments if you experience any discomfort. To ensure the longevity of your dentures, it’s vital that you treat them just like your natural teeth, brushing them daily and soaking them overnight in a denture cleaning tablet to avoid plaque buildup. For more tips on how to properly take care of your dentures, book in a consultation with our friendly team.
If you’re not sure if dentures are right for you, you may want to consider dental implants instead. Ideally suited for patients who have only lost one or a few natural teeth, dental implants require a surgical process that replaces the natural tooth root with an artificial one. Because they are surgically installed, they are secure, comfortable and won’t run the risk of falling out. Our team will gladly arrange a consultation if you require more information on dental implants.