Some useful information and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on the page below. Just click on the FAQs you are interested in and the answer will be displayed right underneath. 

 

Dentures

  • Once healing has occurred, after 4 to 6 months, you will either need a reline of your immediate denture or the fabrication of an entirely new denture. If a new one is to be made, Dr Lericha Harrington will then be able to make any aesthetic and phonetic changes that you want within the limits of the denture prosthodontics. If a new denture is to be made, you will then be able to use the immediate denture as a spare (emergency) denture. This can sure come in handy if your new denture should break and need to be repaired. Failure to reline an immediate denture may allow hyperplasic tissue to grow around the denture.
  • Lily will provide an estimate of costs to reline or remake your denture once your mouth has healed at 4 to 6 months post extraction. If you have any questions or require further information regarding Immediate Dentures, Phone or ask at your next Gold Coast Dentures By Design appointment. We can restore your smile and ensure that the cause of soreness is removed, but only you have ability to preserve with your new denture and adapt to eating and speaking with dentures.
  • It is very important that you follow the post-operative instructions of your dentist and this practice very carefully. Your follow up appointment is very important. You must wear your new immediate denture for three days or such time as your dentist instructs you, after the surgery without removing it. This will help to control the swelling and bleeding.
  • You must follow the oral hygiene instructions provided by your Dentist and this practice. This will usually included frequent rinsing of the mouth with salty water. This helps control harmful bacteria thereby encouraging healing of the gums. 
  • In order to compensate for the rapid change that occurs during healing, a temporary denture lining may be used to adapt the fit surface of the denture to their present size and shape of the supportive tissues. The duration of the effectiveness of the lining depends upon when the lining is done and the degree of shrinkage in your mouth. Dr Lericha Harrington will advise you of the fee cost for this service.
  • There may be other adjustments to the denture that are necessary to help keep them comfortable during the healing period. You should consult this practice if you are experiencing soreness. Experience shows that soreness is the greatest handicap to denture comfort and tolerance.

In some cases it will not be possible to see what they will look like, but with years of experience making these types of dentures and with intense consultation with you in regard to size shape and colour of your new teeth, usually a more aesthetic result is achieved.

The process involves taking impressions of your mouth while your teeth are still present. Models of your mouth are then produced. Your clinician can then do simulated extractions on the models and place the denture teeth as close as you require to your natural setting and correct many things about tooth position that you may not be happy with at present.

When your teeth are extracted, your new denture is ready to be inserted by your dentist. In this way you never have to walk around without teeth.

Let’s explain when an immediate denture is by using an example, suppose, for instance, that you have eight remaining upper teeth. These teeth are, unfortunately, poor and cannot be used in any way to support a new denture. If you were to have a traditional denture made, it would be necessary to have all of these teeth extracted first, the bone and gums would have to heal and then a denture could be made.

The process could take several months if not longer and for that time period you would have to go around without any teeth. As an alternative to having you go around toothless while the gums heal, we utilize an Immediate Denture technique.

It really is important to keep up the maintenance of your dentures to ensure they keep their cleanliness and prevent staining and possible odours.

  • Always put a soft towel or flannel in the basin to prevent any chipping of the teeth and acrylic
  • Use a soft brush (a denture brush specifically designed to get into all the crevices is helpful)
  • Generally soap or detergent will keep them clean but there are some good denture cleaners available from your Pharmacy if you would like to use them. We usually have some samples on hand – so if your calling past we are happy to provide you with a trial size sample

General Questions

Strong, healthy teeth are important for health and well-being.

Unsecured dentures are an old fashioned solution for people who have lost all their teeth. Unfortunately, you may find that wearing unsecured dentures can be painful, inconvenient and awkward. Such dentures make it difficult to chew a variety of foods, which can stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. Wearing dentures may also affect how you pronounce words, and therefore the way you speak.

Missing teeth causes bone loss. Significant bone loss can shrink the contours of the jawbone, causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin.

Attractive, healthy teeth play an important role in our general health and well-being. You look and feel confident, free to laugh with friends and family – anytime and anywhere. There are many reasons why people lose their teeth, which can have a strong impact on your quality of life.

Missing teeth can cause bone loss and the jawbone to shrink. This is because the bone is no longer stimulated when you chew food – something that happens routinely when you use your natural teeth. This causes physical changes to your face. Your jaw line shrinks, causing dentures to lose their fit. They often slip, cause pain, or even become embarrassing. That is why attractive, healthy teeth are important for health and overall well-being.

You do not need a referral to see a Dental Prosthetist. He or she is an oral care professional who has completed extensive training to become firstly a dental technician, who works by referral from a Dentist, and finally a Dental Prosthetist who is registered to consult patients directly. A Dental Prosthetist is registered to undertake the manufacture of complete dentures, partial dentures and mouthguards.

When you put yourself in the care of a Dental Prosthetist you can be secure in the knowledge that you are being looked after by a health professional with the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials and the latest world trends in the field of denture prosthetics.

Under the new national laws Dental Prosthetists are able to practice in every State/ Territory in Australia.

 
 
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