Dentures and Partials in Northmead, NSW
Dentures are one of several available options available for replacing missing teeth. A full denture replaces all the lost natural teeth. A partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth and anchors with secure clasps around your existing teeth.
Eating a wide variety of foods is possible with dentures, and they may make you feel more confident when you smile. This helps patients to lead fuller lives by encouraging confident social and professional interactions.
At the studio, Northmead dentist Dr Martina Lavery works with highly skilled local technicians in the fabrication of your new denture. Using the latest technology, we can construct comfortable, durable and aesthetic dentures without metal clasps.
We invite you to find out more about dentures by calling our Northmead, NSW dental surgery. But first, you might want to read through the information below, and you might find some of your questions answered before you come in.
- What types of dentures do you offer?
- Does getting dentures hurt?
- Can I get dentures the same day my teeth are extracted or will I have to go without teeth?
- Are dentures comfortable?
- How long can I wear my dentures each day?
- Can I eat normally with dentures?
- Will my dentures look like fake teeth?
- What are immediate dentures?
- What are implant-retained dentures?
- What is a partial denture?
- Will my partial denture match my remaining teeth?
- What’s involved in getting a new denture?
- What if my jawbone has shrunk because I have been without teeth for many years?
- What’s the best option for replacing my missing teeth?
What types of dentures do you offer?
At our Northmead, NSW dental clinic we offer three types of dentures:
- Full mouth dentures, for those who are missing all of their teeth (upper or lower, or both) and wish to go with dentures for replacement
- Partial dentures, for those still have remaining healthy teeth but need to replace a few missing teeth
- Implant-supported dentures, for those who wish to combine the stability of dental implants with the affordability of dentures
Does getting dentures hurt?
When you first get your dentures, there will be some discomfort, which is normal. Your gums might feel a bit irritated as they grow accustomed to the dentures. After a while, they should start to feel more natural.
Today’s modern dentures are designed to be better-fitting and more comfortable than those of the past.
Can I get dentures the same day my teeth are extracted or will I have to go without teeth?
We invite you to talk to Dr Lavery at our Northmead, NSW dental clinic about immediate dentures if you feel uncomfortable at the prospect of going without teeth while you wait for your gums to heal.
Are dentures comfortable?
There is a period of adjustment associated with dentures, but as you grow more and more accustomed to them, you should be able to eat, smile and chew more normally. Today’s modern dentures are designed to better-fitting than the dentures your grandparents might have worn.
How long can I wear my dentures each day?
Most dental professionals recommend wearing your dentures during the day, then soaking them at night while you sleep in a water-based solution. Not sleeping in them gives your gums a chance for a break.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Eventually, you should grow accustomed to chewing most of your favourite foods with your dentures. Initially, however, you will want to stick to a diet of soft, easy-to-consume foods. Over time, you will likely become more accustomed to chewing with your dentures, and you will be able to eat most foods you love.
It’s often a good idea to use a tiny amount of denture adhesive while you get used to chewing with them. This can help with denture stability.
Will my dentures look like fake teeth?
Many patients worry that their dentures will look fake or overly white. If this is the image you have in your mind, you are probably thinking of your parents’ or grandparents’ false teeth.
You will be happy to know that the appearance of dentures has advanced dramatically in recent years, and dentures now look more natural than ever. A quality denture will not stand out or look false but instead will complement your smile as well as your facial shape and structure.
What are immediate dentures?
For patients facing full extractions, going without teeth as final dentures are created is a big concern. Immediate dentures, or 'healing dentures' as they are sometimes called, give patients an alternative by providing dentures immediately upon completing their extractions. That way, you never have to be seen without teeth. Immediate dentures will also make it easier to increase your dietary options as you heal.
Because you will wear these dentures as your gum tissue heals, regular adjustments will be necessary to keep them fitting properly. Once the healing process completes after six months to a year, final dentures will be necessary.
What are implant-retained dentures?
Implant-supported or implant-retained dentures are a popular alternative to conventional dentures. They combine the best of both worlds – the stability of dental implants with the affordability of dentures.
Implant-retained dentures are more stable than conventional dentures, so you can eat a wider variety of foods. You might even feel more confident because the dentures are very secure and will not move at inconvenient times, such as while you are having lunch with friends or during a romantic date with someone special.
What is a partial denture?
If you still have healthy teeth in your mouth but are missing a few teeth, a partial denture can keep your remaining teeth from shifting and make it easier for you to chew and speak. Partial dentures work by clasping around your existing teeth to keep it secure. You can remove the partial denture for cleaning, but while you are wearing the partial denture, you should have full function of your teeth. This allows the removable partial denture to be smaller than conventional dentures while still providing you with the oral rehabilitation that you deserve.
Will my partial denture match my remaining teeth?
Northmead, NSW dentist Dr Lavery designs partial dentures to blend in with the colour and shape of your natural teeth for seamless results.
What’s involved in getting a new denture?
Dr Lavery will outline all the steps involved and the associated costs of getting a new denture at your consultation appointment at our Northmead, NSW dental surgery. Most dentures require a few steps to complete:
- Thorough evaluation
- Impressions and moulds of the teeth
- Bite analysis
- Aesthetic considerations
- Laboratory denture creation
- Denture delivery and adjustment
- Follow-up visits to ensure a comfortable fit
What if my jawbone has already shrunk because I have been without teeth for many years?
When you have been missing teeth for many years, one of the by-products is that the jawbone starts to shrink because the body no longer sends nutrients to the area. This happens when there are no tooth roots to stimulate the bone.
Denture-wearers usually notice that after a few years, their dentures start to feel looser. It is normal to require a reline of the dentures, or replacement dentures, every five to 10 years to accommodate for changes in the jawbone that naturally occur.
Once your dentures are relined or replaced, they should start to feel comfortable again.
What’s the best option for replacing my missing teeth?
Martina Lavery Dental & Skin Studio in Northmead, NSW provides several options for dentures based on your goals for your smile. From dental implants to dentures and all services in between, replacing missing teeth at our Hills District dental clinic will give you the results that can help you reach your smile goals.