FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A dental prosthetist is registered by the Dental Board of Australia, the same board that registers dentists, oral health therapists and hygienists. They work as independent practitioners who have completed extensive training in assessing and treating patients requiring removal dentures. They can also work in conjunction with dentists and dental specialists to produce implant-retained dentures and immediate dentures.
Gaps in between natural teeth:
- cause tooth drifting, which can interfere with your bite over time and can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, causing headaches, complicated jaw pain, neck pain, popping and clicking
- impact your ability to chew food, which can have negative effects on your digestive system
- negatively affect your smile’s aesthetics
- cause teeth to over erupt, exposing the tooth’s root, making it vulnerable to decay (caries).
A check-up with your dental prosthetist is recommended if ulcers and irritations continually arise. They can occur for several reasons:
- ill-fitting denture
- oral Candida or denture-associated erythematous
- dry mouth
- sharp or rough edges
- minimal remaining lower jawbone.
Dentures should be removed from the mouth and cleaned twice a day with warm water, a mild hand soap, and a soft tooth/denture toothbrush to remove plaque and food remanence. DO NOT clean your denture with hot water or toothpaste. Maintaining a healthy oral environment helps prevent Candida from developing.
Each appointment will last 30–40 minutes. The required number of appointments depends on the treatment plan. For a patient lacking all their natural teeth, six or more appointments might be required, whereas only four appointments might be needed for patients only missing a few teeth.
Help minimise tooth decay and gum disease with regular dental reviews and flossing, paired with brushing your natural teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Good oral hygiene is still promoted with patients lacking all their natural teeth by brushing all surfaces of gums, cheeks and tongue with a soft toothbrush to prevent Candida from developing.
At The Denture Room, you are welcome to pay small instalments throughout your treatment to help ease your financial worry.
The following are indications that you may require a new a denture:
- difficulties chewing your food
- denture irritating your gum, causing ulcers
- difficulties speaking
- denture feeling loose and unstable
- noticing the distance between your nose and chin becoming smaller
- temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which includes symptoms like complicated jaw pain, popping, clicking, headaches and neck pain
- poor nutritional intake
- poor ability to chew food, which can lead to digestive complications
- unwarranted bone shrinkage, which can further impact denture suction
- unflattering smile.
It usually takes between four and twelve weeks to adjust to a new set of dentures. In that time, the dentures may require adjusting to ease rubbing and/or ulcerations that can arise.
It is recommended to remove your denture at night and leave it in a dry environment after cleaning. This reduces yeast colonisation and plaque accumulation on your denture.
It is recommended that you make regular appointments with your dental prosthetist to have your denture and the health of your mouth assessed. Review appointments are suggested even if your denture is not causing any concerns. The prosthetist will review the fit of your denture and examine the surfaces of your tongue, the roof of mouth, cheeks and gums for any adversity that may need addressing or referring.
Yes, absolutely. We understand that it can be difficult for some patients to leave the comfort of their own home. After a phone consultation, Stephanie will determine whether a home visit is suitable.