Frequently Asked Questions
No, a referral is not necessary to see a Dental Prosthetist. In some circumstances General Practitioners, Dentists or Dental Specialists may refer patients for treatment.
The tissue and underlying bone in the mouth are continually changing. Over time your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined or replaced to maintain a good fit. The average life of a denture is about five to seven years. Your Dental Prosthetist will advise when this is necessary.
Worn out dentures can cause permanent damage, compromising the health of the denture wearer. Some possible effects are: headaches, neck and joint pain, difficulty chewing, poor digestion and dietary problems, sunken face, over-closing of the jaw, irritated and soft gums, as well as premature bone loss, due to ill-fitting dentures.
There are many different treatment options available for denture wearers. A consultation is required so the Dental Prosthetist can discuss with you the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
With the advent of modern technologies dentures can be personalised to suit you and give you a natural appearance. Each patient’s individual requirements are catered for to ensure that they will be happy with the appearance of their new dentures.
Eating with dentures for the first time will require practice and patience but with time you will be able to bite and chew more naturally. In the beginning, avoid hard foods in favour of a diet of soft foods. Try taking smaller bites and chewing gently to prevent dentures from becoming loose. Gradually introduce more solid foods to your diet and with time you will be able to enjoy most foods.
Food may taste a little different at first while your mouth is adjusting to the feel of your denture but it will soon start to taste normal again.
You may notice some differences in your speech at first but with time your tongue, lips and cheeks will become accustomed to the contours of your dentures. Singing and reading out loud will allow your tongue to find the correct position for enunciating your speech.
Call your Dental Prosthetist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. At Pearl Denture Studio, we carry out professional denture repairs.
Daily cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft bristled brush will help to minimise the build-up of plaque and stains on your dentures. Abrasives in toothpaste can cause microscopic scratches that allow bacteria and stains to attach to the denture more readily. Your Dental Prosthetist can also professionally clean your dentures using speciaised cleaners to restore your dentures to their original as new state. We have a selection of high quality, specialised cleaning products and brushes available in our clinics to help you maintain your dentures at home.
This depends on your situation and should be discussed with your Dental Prosthetist.
Your Dental Prosthetist will advise you on how often you should have your dentures checked. This is important for your general oral health, and to monitor any changes with the fit of your dentures or health of your gums. Physical challenges with the supporting bone in your mouth, use of certain medications or weight loss, can all affect the fit of your dentures.
We accept a range of payment options such as Visa, MasterCard, EFTPOS and Cash and Cheques. We have a Hicaps Terminal for on the spot health fund claims. (Currently available in our Mullumbimby Clinic only) and also offer a payment plan solution with DentiCare
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while partial dentures fill the spaces made by missing teeth, restoring function and preventing other teeth from changing position.
Drugs, including over the counter medications can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth adversely affecting denture fit and comfort. A saliva substitute may be recommended for increased comfort. Please inform us of any medications you are taking. We have a range of products that may help alleviate these symptoms.
A dental Implant is a titanium fixture that replaces the root of your natural tooth and is fitted to either upper or lower jaw bone. It acts as a support for a prosthetic tooth or a denture. The titanium fixture fuses with the jaw bone (osseointegration).
An Implant Retained Denture is a removable denture that fit over dental implants and are held in place by clips or fasteners and can be removed by the patient for cleaning.