How we replace your missing teeth with custom-made dentures
If you’re living with few or no natural teeth, Renton Dental can offer you natural-looking, removable dentures as a modern tooth restoration option.
When you’re missing teeth, your facial muscles can droop without their underlying support. This causes you to look older than you actually are. With modern dentures, you’ll not only be able to chew and speak normally, but also regain a more youthful appearance.
Importantly, at Renton Dental we don’t consider your dentures in isolation. Instead we treat them as one part of your total oral health solution – looking at how dentures work with your whole mouth.
The various types of dentures available to you
Custom-made in a dental laboratory from detailed impressions of your mouth, dentures are generally a more affordable tooth replacement option than dental implants.
Depending on how many teeth you are missing, and the condition of your jaw bone, Renton Dental may recommend:
Full dentures – Ideal if you have no remaining teeth in either or both your upper or lower jaw, full dentures use flesh-coloured acrylic bases that fit over your gums. The upper denture covers your palate (the roof of your mouth), and the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for your tongue.
Partial dentures – If you have some remaining teeth, a partial denture is designed to fit around your remaining natural teeth. The frame of the denture is made of either a strong and lightweight metal or gum coloured acrylic that attaches to your natural teeth, sometimes using dental crowns as secure anchors. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to dental bridges or implants.
Implant supported dentures – If you’ve been missing teeth for some time, it is likely that your jaw bone will have deteriorated to the point where you may need extra support for your denture. In this case, we may recommend using implants to securely support your denture.
How your dentures are custom made to individually suit you
To custom design and make your dentures takes just five appointments at Renton Dental. At these appointments we’ll carry out:
1) Initial assessment
At your first appointment with us, our dentists will thoroughly assess your mouth and discuss with you what type of dentures will suit you best.
We will then take preliminary impressions of your gums, to enable us to make custom impression trays that fit your particular mouth shape and size.
2) Secondary impressions
At your next appointment we will take a more accurate impression using the special trays from step one. This detailed secondary impression is then despatched to a dental laboratory, where trained technicians will create an initial wax rim of your dentures.
3) Bite registration
In the third stage we will try in and adjust the wax rims until you and we are both satisfied with the overall shape, height, and the way that they sit in your mouth.
We’ll accurately work out how your jaws fit together by taking a record of your bite. Your dentist will then select the prosthetic teeth we’ll use in the final denture, matching the replacement teeth’s size, shape, and colour either with your remaining teeth or as closely as possible to what you had before. We encourage you to bring in photos showing your natural teeth to assist with this process.
This information is then sent to the dental laboratory where our highly skilled dental technicians place the new prosthetic teeth in the desired position in the wax rim.
4) Test fit of the new denture
At your fourth appointment your dentist will check the fit and size of your denture, which will be set up in wax, ready for you to try in.
You’ll be able to see the size, shape and colour of your new replacement teeth, and you will be invited to make any changes that you wish. Our goal is to recreate your natural dentition as closely as possible or, if you prefer, improve on what you had before.
At this stage the Renton Dental team can make any necessary adjustments to the ‘sit’ of the dentures, before they return to the laboratory to either be altered or processed into the finished denture.
5) Insertion of the finished denture
At your fifth visit to Renton Dental in Paddington, you’ll receive your completed denture. At this appointment we can adjust your denture as needed to ensure the ideal fit.
The entire denture fitting process usually takes just four to six weeks. After this time, you can once again enjoy a complete smile that allows you to chew and speak normally.
How we ensure the fit of your dentures
Naturally, our service to you doesn’t end as soon as you receive your dentures. The team at Renton Dental are happy to see you as many times as you need, so that we can adjust and improve the fit of your new dentures to ensure they sit completely comfortably in your mouth. This service is included in the cost of your dentures for up to 3 months.
We will do our utmost throughout the process to ensure an accurate fit for your finished dentures, to avoid having them move and rub on your gums uncomfortably.
With custom-made dentures from Renton Dental, you can once again enjoy the self-confidence of a functional and attractive smile.
Frequently asked questions
How often should I replace my dentures?
You may well find that the fit of your dentures changes over the years, as your jaw bone naturally tends to shrink and change shape in the absence of your natural teeth. For this reason, your dentures will usually need to be relined after three years and replaced about every five to 10 years.
The Renton Dental team will assess the condition of your mouth and jaw along with the state of your dentures at your yearly check-ups with us.
Now that I have dentures, how often should I visit the dentist?
Even if you’ve lost all, or some of your natural teeth, we still recommend that you visit us at Renton Dental once a year. Our friendly team will evaluate the fit of your dentures, give you hints and tips about denture care and oral hygiene, and check your mouth for signs of serious health issues such as oral cancer.
How should I clean and maintain my dentures?
You should clean your dentures every day using a soft brush, soap and water, or a special denture-cleaning cream like a toothpaste. You can also soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution (which has been shown to kill 99.9 percent of denture germs). Only leave your dentures in the cleaning solution for 10-15 minutes. Carefully brush both the inside and outside of your dentures to help eliminate harmful bacteria.
Depending on the dentist’s recommendation, if you sleep without your dentures, clean them thoroughly and place them in a container of clean water to prevent them drying out. Don’t soak them in a denture cleaner as this may affect the acrylic
You should take care to avoid cleaning your dentures with hard bristled toothbrushes, abrasive whitening toothpastes, or products containing bleach. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures out of shape.
What should I do if my denture causes gum soreness?
We take the utmost care to ensure a good fit for your custom made dentures, so that they don’t move and rub on your gums. However, it’s still not unusual for your new dentures to make sore spots on your gums as you become used to them.
If this is the case for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Renton Dental to make an appointment for us to adjust your dentures. We will be happy to perform this service for you at any time. Adjustments within the first three months of wearing your dentures are included in the cost of the denture.
For more information about dentures, contact Renton Dental on 07 3369 2340 or fill out the form here to make your appointment.