If you know you need dentures or you would like to arrange an appointment to find out if you need them, just get in touch with our team at Absolute Smiles. Working with patients throughout Bassendean and Mt Hawthorn, we offer custom-made dentures to suit your individual needs, so you can enjoy a natural smile.
The initial examination will involve looking at the health of your teeth and gums, and whether you have any restorative work already, such as fillings or crowns. We’ll also examine your bite. If you have no teeth, then we’ll examine your gums and bone structure.
Once this has been done, we’ll advise you on the recommended course of action. If you require dentures, you can expect to attend two to four appointments, depending on the type of dentures you need. Alternatively, you may have to get immediate dentures if a tooth has been extracted.
Chronology of treatment
- At the initial appointment, the dentist will make a mould of your teeth, which will be sent to the lab to create a custom-made tray for your teeth and a wax bite block to record your bite.
- At the second appointment, we’ll take another mould of your teeth using the custom-made trays and record your bite using the wax block. These will again be sent to the lab and a trial denture will be made, with the shade of your teeth also recorded.
- At the third appointment, you’ll receive your trial denture and adjustments will be made to this as necessary. They’ll be sent back to the lab for a final check and adjustment.
- At the fourth appointment, your permanent dentures will be fitted.
Looking after your dentures
Once you get your dentures, it’s important to look after them properly. Please note that it will take some time to adapt to wearing them, and your speech may be affected for a while until you adjust. There may also be some discomfort but if this lasts beyond 24 hours, you should contact your dentist.
Keeping your dentures clean is of the utmost importance and they should be brushed twice daily with toothpaste, or soap and water, as well as being rinsed after eating. They need to be removed at night and placed in a sterilising denture solution.
With regular visits to your dentist and good oral care, your dentures should last you for years.