Our teeth have a significant impact on the way we live our life. They influence our quality of life, including our appearance, how we speak and eat, as well as self-esteem and confidence.
If missing some, or all of your teeth, dentures may be either a temporary or permanent tooth replacement option. Dentures are artificial substitutes for missing natural teeth and adjacent soft tissues. Medland creates acrylic resin (plastic) or lightweight metal (cobalt chrome) dentures.
Dentures can be a cost-effective replacement option for teeth lost due to conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. However, traditional dentures are the tooth or teeth replacement options that feel and function least like your natural teeth.
Implant retention of dentures gives greater benefits than traditional dentures and can dramatically improve the appearance, how you speak, eat and taste, as well as self-esteem and confidence.
Implant bridges can remove the need for dentures entirely, offering a replacement of your teeth, fixed in place much like natural teeth.
The close collaboration between your Medland dentist and the on-site laboratory means that we can achieve exceptional outcomes, with traditional dentures and implant-retained dentures.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding dentures.
If you have any other questions please contact our friendly team.
Dental implants are a very successful and accepted treatment option to replace lost or missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root which can be used to support several types of dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. The implant fixture, or artificial root, is commonly connected to a supporting structure by way of a screw that then supports the replacement tooth/teeth. The implant is constructed of a strong, biocompatible material called titanium which becomes integrated with the jaw bone – a process called osseo-integration.
If you have a single missing tooth, missing teeth or dentures, you may wish to consider dental implants to restore the full use of your teeth and to create a happy, confident smile.
People who have lost teeth through trauma, dental decay, failed root canal treatment, fractured teeth or have congenitally absent teeth are good candidates for dental implants. People who have loose, uncomfortable dentures or who would like to get rid of their dentures can benefit from implants. Those who find cleaning around dental bridges difficult can benefit from implants.
Adolescents and children who are still developing physically are not suitable patients for dental implants.
Dental Implants are a flexible treatment option that can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. They often remove the need for bridges, partial or full dentures. They provide much more confidence, and in most cases the aesthetic result is superior to that of dentures and bridges. Implant dentistry can allow teeth to be replaced without the need to remove tooth structure from adjacent teeth. Dental implants are not susceptible to dental decay. They do not predispose your remaining teeth to dental decay and periodontal disease, as is the case with dentures. The implant helps to preserve the bone and gum tissue that can be lost after tooth loss.
Replacement of teeth with implants provides an improvement in speech and ability to chew foods and improves taste and temperature perception, self-confidence and overall quality of life. Generally, dental implants are easily maintained but good oral hygiene is crucial and implants must be reviewed regularly by your dental team.
Brush your dentures morning and night
Just like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed morning and night. Remove the denture from the mouth before cleaning it. Use a spare toothbrush or a denture cleaning brush and a non-abrasive cleaning agent, such as liquid hand soap. Toothpaste should not be used to clean your denture. Be careful not to drop your denture while cleaning it as it can fracture or break. Try cleaning over a towel or bowl filled with water just in case.
Soak your dentures daily
Use a denture cleaning solution to soak dentures to remove plaque (bacteria) and disinfect them. Denture cleaning tablets can be purchased from supermarkets and pharmacies. Follow the directions included with the product purchased.
Leave your dentures out at night
While sleeping, dentures should be removed from the mouth and placed in a safe location. The current recommendation is to store dentures in a dry, safe location. Removing dentures from the mouth at night helps to allow areas of discomfort within the mouth to heal and prevent infection in the gums beneath the denture. If dentures continue to cause discomfort, it is best to make an appointment with your dentist or dental prosthetist.
Visit your Medland dentist regularly
It is important to continue to see your Medland Dentist yearly, even if no natural teeth remain. Over time, the shape of the mouth can change causing a denture to no longer fit well or function properly. If implant retained, the retention components usually need to be refreshed yearly. Your Medland Dentist also completes a oral pathology screening by examining the soft tissues such as the floor of the mouth, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth, for signs of oral cancer or other conditions that can develop due to denture wearing, such as oral thrush.
Each of our Dentists are highly trained, skilled clinicians who prioritise the health and well-being of our patients.
Staying at the forefront of Brisbane’s dental industry, we are committed to utilising the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients can be proud of their healthy, beautiful smile.
If you have concerns about your smile or dental health and would like to learn more about treatment options that are available to you, please contact us on 07 3426 5777 or fill out the contact form and we’ll do everything we can to help.
Our welcoming and stylish dental practice is located at 66 Lambton St, Annerley, Brisbane QLD, Australia.
Providing a central and accessible location catering to patients Brisbane wide.
Our staff are passionate about ensuring every patient leaves Medland with a smile, and with full confidence they are receiving the best dental care in Brisbane.