Dentures in Chatswood, NSW
Are you missing your natural teeth?
It’s okay. Millions are, and you are not alone.
Regardless of the reasons behind your tooth loss, which might include periodontal disease, decay, or injury, dentures are often the right choice to restore your smile.
Types of Dentures
Different types of dentures are available and appropriate in different types of situations. Your Chatswood Dental Associates dentist will sit down with you to discuss your needs and your goals and provide a recommendation that’s right for you.
Conventional Full Dentures – Used when all the teeth are missing and the gums have healed (if extractions were necessary), full dentures have both advantages and disadvantages.
Modern dentures look natural and fit more comfortably than ever before. Some people are concerned about the possibility of a slip, however, and this is reasonable, particularly for dentures on your lower arch. If you are concerned, we can discuss dental implants, which can hold the denture in place and keep it secure and stable.
Immediate Dentures – Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures can be placed right after extractions, without the need to wait. This means you don’t have to spend the healing time without teeth, a feature many patients appreciate. Immediate dentures are often a temporary solution while a conventional denture is made. Since gums and bones shrink during the healing period, it will be necessary to reline an immediate denture to keep it fitting properly.
Partial Dentures – A “partial” is used when you still have remaining healthy teeth that are strong enough to support the appliance. This might be a good choice if only a few teeth are missing. The partial is held in place using clips that are affixed to your neighbouring teeth.
Living with Dentures
After a short adjustment period, you’ll find that life after dentures is not that different from life before dentures. In fact, you’ll probably be a great deal more comfortable since you no longer have to worry about painful, damaged, or missing teeth and you’ll be able to smile with confidence!
At first, your dentures might feel loose. This is normal. Soon, your cheek and tongue muscles will learn what they need to do to keep the dentures securely in place.
In the beginning, you might also experience some irritation or soreness until the denture becomes more secure. Saline rinses can help relieve any discomfort and promote healing. Your dentist can give you specific guidelines for this.
You’ll want to keep up with your follow-up appointments. At these appointments, we’ll examine the denture and your gum tissue to make sure that the denture is fitting correctly. If any problems persist past a few weeks, please let us know so that we can address these issues.
Dentures need to be treated with care. Brush and soak them regularly to keep them clean and fresh, and care for your gums as well. Over time, gum and bone tissue will shrink, and we may need to eventually reline or replace your dentures. If you’ve noticed that your dentures are fitting differently, please notify us at once – and make sure to keep up with your regular appointments!
Call for More Information
Is it time to start thinking about dentures? We’ll help guide you through the process and design dentures that will give you back your smile. Call Chatswood Dental Associates today to schedule your consult.