Denture Treatment Process

If you are considering denture treatment after tooth loss, it is essential to know what to expect. Many factors will affect the price and success of your final dentures. The process of getting dentures starts with a consultation. It is where we assess your mouth and see which damaged teeth need to be removed or replaced with implants, how much bone there is in your jawbone, and whether or not you have any active gum disease.

You need to understand that dentures are not one-size-fits-all. It’s vital to get expert advice on the best type of denture for your needs, and this process can take some time. The dentist will want to know more about your health history and lifestyle so they can recommend a treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.

This blog post will give an overview of denture treatments and what they entail. Read on for more information about this topic.

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Preparing for Your Appointment

This quick checklist ensures that you are prepared for your dental appointment. 

Confirm your appointment: To avoid any potential mix-ups at the dental office, make sure to confirm your appointment 24 hours ahead of time. It will give you peace of mind that everything is in order and allow for more preparation before seeing them.

Prepare dental records: Before you visit the dentist, make sure to gather any of your dental records from past dentists for them to assess and treat any potential problems adequately. It includes x-rays, insurance information, and other vital documents such as medical history, so they can go more quickly through a full assessment to create a care plan for you on your first visit. 

It is also a good idea to take any medications you are currently taking as well. Having these documents and information will help the dentist better assess your needs for treatment, such as pain management or infection prevention.

Clean your mouth: Make sure to brush and floss your teeth a few hours before you go in for a dental visit so that there is little need for teeth cleaning sessions during your appointment.

Arrive Early: Going in early will give you ample time to get your paperwork in order and relax before the appointment. It’s crucial for both you and the staff to not stress when talking about sensitive information.

Bring oral appliances: It is essential to bring any oral appliances you have to be inspected and cleaned because tooth tartar may form on these devices just as it does on your real teeth. The dentist will put them in an ultrasonic cleaning machine, and everything will be ready when you finish with the exam and dental cleaning.

Write down your questions: A good way to prepare for your appointment is by jotting down some questions beforehand. The dentist will answer these questions, and they’ll provide you with an overall idea of what the procedure entails. Here are a few things you should cover:

  • Do I have any gum disease
  • What are the benefits of dentures? What are the other alternatives to dentures?
  • What kind of dentures do I need? partial or complete dentures, implant-supported or traditional dentures? Which type best suits my needs and lifestyle?
  • How long will this process take from start to finish, if it’s something I can complete in one visit or over several visits/appointments (if so, how many)? Why might there be more than one session required?

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What to Expect During the Procedure

Dentures are essential for a beautiful smile. There are many different types of dentures, and the dentist will recommend the most effective type based on your dental health, lifestyle, and budget. Two standard options include removable dentures (full or partial dentures) and dental implant dentures. Removable tooth replacement requires you to take it off at night before bedtime while implants are secured in place all day long. Dental implants or fixed-denture treatment options involve attaching an artificial root permanently to the jaw bone through surgery. The only time we would recommend implant dentures over removables is if you’re healthy or don’t have any other natural teeth left.

Dental Consultation and Examination

During the initial consultation, the dentist will first examine the patient’s mouth to understand their oral health better. This examination will check for any signs of infection or tooth decay and look at previous dental work that might not be compatible with this process. Dentists also check if there is a need for tooth removal before placing the dentures on you.

Thus, if you need additional surgery for implant placement, healing time for your gum tissue may take between three to six months. Therefore, you must wait until your mouth has fully recuperated before you get your dentures.

Initial dental impression

If all goes well and there is no need for any other procedures after consultation, dental prosthetists will create a mould of your teeth to create dentures that fit perfectly. The lab uses these impressions and measurements to craft the perfect set of dentures based on these specifications. Dentures are usually made from composite resin, porcelain, acrylic resin, and acrylic. But, porcelain and acrylic dentures are typical nowadays.

 Fitting the dentures

After the dentures are finished, you have to go back to the dentist’s office for a fitting to ensure the dentures fit comfortably and without any pain or discomfort. If adjustments need to be made, they are done during this appointment so that you can enjoy these new replacement teeth as soon as possible.

Getting accustomed to dentures

Once you start wearing your false teeth, you will soon be able to adapt and enjoy the same functions as those with natural teeth. It may take some time to adjust and get used to, but you will have no trouble chewing or speaking once you have adapted.

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Aftercare and Follow-Up Care

  • Brushing your teeth is not only about maintaining good oral hygiene, but also a preventative measure against tooth decay. While brushing twice daily with regular bristles or an electric brush may be the norm for some people, However, it’s essential to use specially-designed toothpaste that suits your needs if you have sensitive teeth. Furthermore, don’t forget to floss regularly to keep the appearance of your teeth in great shape.
  • Keep your teeth strong and healthy by avoiding hard foods. Avoid chewing ice or hard foods like nuts and seeds if you have a porcelain crown. The pressure might cause the material to crack, leading to costly dental procedures, so chew on soft foods like vegetables and fruits. 
  • When you grind or clench your teeth at night, it can cause a lot of damage to the surrounding tooth structure and even lead to serious dental issues. The dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect against this and other damage from grinding or clenching one’s teeth while asleep.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the artificial teeth and soak them in a denture cleaning solution overnight. Avoid using hot water because it causes the dentures to warp. Clean the dentures again in the morning before putting them back on. 
  • Your dental service provider will schedule you for another appointment after six months or as directed.
  • If you experience pain, develop mouth sores, or feel any discomfort, contact your dentist immediately.

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Tips on Maintaining Your Dentures

  • Give your dentures a quick wash after meals to remove trapped food particles. 
  • When cleaning your dentures, avoid bending or damaging the clasp.
  • To keep your dentures clean, you need to take care of them at the end of every day, but it is advisable to brush them twice a day. It’s essential to brush your teeth after removing the denture, not just when you put it in. Ensure you thoroughly clean your tongue, cheeks, and palate; don’t forget about those gums, since there might be residual dental adhesive.
  • Clean your dentures with a soft brush, toothpaste and water to remove food debris. If you use adhesive on the denture for extra hold, ensure every nook is clean of any glue residue.
  • A denture cleaner solution is a great way to clean and disinfect your orthodontia overnight, but water will suffice. Manufacturers’ instructions must be followed on how to wash and soak the false teeth correctly, so be aware of that.
  • Brush or rinse your dentures thoroughly before wearing them in the morning. Soaking solutions may be harmful and can cause pain when swallowed if not adequately rinsed off first.
  • Your dentist will provide you with a schedule for your dental checkup to ensure the health of not just your teeth, but all aspects related. Your dentist will prepare for your dental checkup, including professional teeth cleaning and examination of dentures.
  • Loose-fitting dentures can cause a lot of discomfort for the wearer. When you notice your denture becoming loose, it’s time to visit your dentist immediately to receive dental treatment and prevent any further issues from occurring.

What You Should Avoid: 

  • Some dentists recommend not using a regular brush to clean your teeth as it can scratch and wear down the surface of your dentures. To help keep your dentures healthy, opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle cleansers to protect these dental appliances.
  • Do not use whitening toothpaste on your dentures since it often contains peroxide, which weakens the enamel.
  • Dentures are made of delicate material that is easily damaged. Make sure to avoid products containing bleach because it can discolour and weaken dentures, and soak your dentures in a chlorine solution with metal attachments–it’s harmful to the components of those accessories.
  • Make sure to keep your dentures away from hot water, as it could warp them.

The Importance of Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene While Wearing a Denture 

Keeping your dentures clean should be a daily routine. Improper cleaning can lead to plaque buildup, which causes harmful bacteria that emits an unpleasant odour. Therefore, daily oral hygiene is the key to keeping your dentures clean and healthy. By keeping up with good habits in oral hygiene, it’s possible to prevent this from happening. Proper care will help you feel confident about yourself while on the go!

Tips for Keeping Your New Teeth Clean and Healthy 

Oral Hygiene: Cleaning one’s mouth is essential to maintaining healthy living habits because it ensures better dental hygiene and overall good health. Without proper cleaning, we put ourselves at risk of developing illnesses.

Moreover, cleaning your denture teeth is necessary for good oral hygiene. Neglect will lead to a whole host of problems, from bad breath and mouth sores to gum infections.

Brushing: Dentures are not the same as regular teeth; they need special care. A dentist recommends buying a denture-specific toothbrush and dental cleaner to care for your prosthetic teeth. While effective in general cleaning of the mouth, regular toothpaste is not compatible with dentures, which can wear down over time if used too often. Be sure to ask your doctor about recommendations when picking out products that are right for you-they will be able to offer information on what works best as well.

Soaking overnight: You might be surprised to learn that soaking your dentures in a cleanser is not just for cleaning them, but also an excellent way of storing them overnight. Denture cleaners will kill the bacteria and clean deep into any nooks and crannies you’ve missed when brushing. 

Soaking dentures overnight in water can be a great way to keep them clean and fresh. However, it is essential not to leave your replacement teeth submerged for too long in the solution.

Remove them at night: Dentures can cause dry mouth and potentially lead to infections in the gums or lining of your throat. Removing them at night gives your mouth some relief and reduces the risk of an infection like denture stomatitis or pneumonia, according to a 2014 study.

Regular dentist appointments: Schedule regular visits with your dentist to keep your dentures clean and in good condition. Dentists can make sure the denture fits properly, check for any signs of complications like lesions or changes to the jaw shape. You may even want them to clean your dentures using an ultrasonic cleaner, removing the biofilm that has grown over time.

Final Thoughts

While conventional dentures are a great and affordable solution for many people, the process of getting them can be daunting. In this blog post, we’ve outlined what you need to know about your dental care options so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not they are right for you. We hope our tips have helped clear up any misconceptions about how complicated the treatment process might be. If you feel like there is still something missing from our guide, call Peel Dental Studio on 08 9535 4900, and one of their team members will be happy to help answer any questions you may have. 

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.