5 Mistakes People Make When Choosing Dentures
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5 Mistakes People Make When Choosing Dentures

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Getting dentures is a big decision, so you should take the time to explore your options. Find out the common denture mistakes people make.

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Deciding to replace your damaged or missing teeth with dentures is a big decision, so it's one that should be thought about carefully. If you rush things, you could end up with dentures that don't fit properly, don't feel comfortable or don't look as natural as you'd like.

 

If you want to avoid denture problems, learning from other people's mistakes is a good place to start, and means you won't have to make the same mistakes yourself. Read on to find out 5 of the common mistakes people make when choosing dentures and 5 denture care mistakes to avoid.

 

Common mistakes when choosing dentures

Choosing new dentures can be daunting, especially if it's your first time. Avoiding these five pitfalls will help you to choose dentures that fit comfortably and look and function like natural teeth.

 

  1. Choosing any dentist
  2. Not knowing your options
  3. Not getting a perfect fit
  4. Not considering the alternatives
  5. Not asking about finance options

 

1. Choosing any dentist

 To make sure your dentures are right for you, your treatment should be provided by a qualified dentist working with an experienced denture prosthetist. They can design and manufacture custom dentures that are comfortable and supportive.

Most dentists can prescribe dentures, but prosthetists use their unique skills and experience to craft well-fitting and natural-looking dentures, making the exact adjustments needed to help you chew, speak and smile with ease.

When you book a denture consultation with a dentist, they’ll examine your mouth to determine what type of dentures are most suitable for you. They’ll also check  for any oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease that could affect treatment and need to be addressed first.

If you choose dentures at EVP Dental, our resident prosthetist Donagh, has over 30 years' experience designing and producing custom dentures.

 

2. Not knowing your options

It's important to know all your options before making any decision. Getting dentures is no different, and your dentist will explain all the denture options that are suitable for you during your consultation.

The best type of dentures for you can depend on how many teeth you want to replace, whether you're having any extractions and how much you want to spend.

 

Full dentures

Full or complete dentures replace all of your upper or lower teeth at once. This may involve extractions if you still have some teeth remaining. Full dentures can be crafted from a range of acrylic resin materials that vary in strength, durability, aesthetics and cost.

 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures can replace one or several teeth. They attach to the back of the teeth on either side of the gap using clasps. Partial dentures are made from acrylic or cobalt chrome (metal), with the latter option being stronger, lighter and less bulky but more expensive.

 

Implant-retained dentures

Also known as overdentures, these are full or partial dentures that are supported by dental implants. This involves a surgical procedure to place dental implants in to the jaw bone for better retention, stability and function. Implant-retained dentures clip on and off dental implants using abutments and are removed each day for cleaning and left out overnight.

 

Immediate dentures

If you're having any unhealthy or damaged teeth removed, your dentist can place immediate dentures on the same day as your teeth are removed to restore your smile immediately. Impressions are taken over your teeth before they are extracted so the immediate denture can be fitted straight away. These are intended as a temporary measure while your mouth heals.

 

Denture materials

Denture materials also factor into the overall cost of dentures. Modern full dentures can be made from a range of high-impact acrylic resin options, some more slimline than others, while partial dentures can be made of acrylic or cobalt chrome where they attach to existing teeth by metal clasps.

 

3. Not getting a perfect fit

Dentures need to be custom made to fit your mouth perfectly so they'll stay in place, won't cause discomfort and won't affect your ability to eat or speak. This is why dentists recommend waiting until your gum has healed and swelling has reduced after teeth are extracted before taking impressions of your mouth and designing your custom dentures.

The risk of poorly fitted dentures is greater if you buy dentures online using moulds you've taken of your own mouth. Even a minor discrepancy can impact on your denture experience if they don't fit perfectly in your mouth or if there are gaps where food can get trapped between the denture and the gum.

The effects of an ill-fitting denture can range from minor irritation and headaches to full-blown infections.

 

4. Not considering the alternatives

Dentures are just one option for replacing badly damaged or missing teeth, but they're not the only one, and they're not the most suitable choice for everyone. You might have settled on dentures, but you should consider the alternatives, as all treatments have their pros and cons.

 

Dental implants

Dental implants are metal posts that replace missing teeth roots in the jaw. Dental implants can replace one, several or all teeth and are attached to crowns, bridges or dentures via abutments. Placing dental implants involves a two-part surgery and overall treatment costs more than removable dentures, but the benefits of dental implant treatment are plentiful:

  • Provide superior stability, durability, function, comfort and aesthetics
  • A longer-lasting solution
  • Look, feel and function like real teeth
  • Maintain the bite by stopping existing teeth from shifting into the gap
  • Improve your ability to chew and digest food properly
  • Allow you to enjoy a wider, more nutritional diet with no food limitations
  • Help prevent a sagging, hollowed cheek appearance
  • Stimulate the jaw bone preventing bone loss

 

Dental Implants can support a full or partial denture or a fixed full mouth implant bridge. The major difference being that an implant-retained denture is a removable option, while a full mouth implant bridge is fixed onto dental implants and can only be removed by a dentist.

 

Dental bridge

Dental bridges can be an alternative to partial dentures for replacing one or several teeth in a row. Unlike removable dentures, a bridge is fixed in place as a permanent tooth replacement and is supported by healthy neighbouring teeth that are prepared and then reinforced using crowns. Bridges are usually made from porcelain, metal or a combination of both.

Our dentists in East Victoria Park provide dentures, implants and dental bridges to replace missing teeth. We can give you all the information you need about what these treatments involve, what they cost and any possible risks so you can make fully informed decisions about which option is best for you.

Read more on how dentures stack up to alternative treatment options.

 

5. Not asking about finance options

Dentures can be a more cost-effective option for teeth replacement compared to a dental implant or bridge, but it's still important to compare prices and find out what support is available.

If you're worried about the cost of dentures, we’re able to check your health fund entitlements by swiping your health fund card at the clinic. We also offer a range of flexible finance options to reduce upfront costs and break down your invoice into smaller instalments, so you don't have to put off your treatment until later or settle for lower quality dentures.

Denture costs at EVP Dental range from $1200 to $4000, depending on the type of dentures you choose and how many teeth you're replacing. We offer interest-free payment plans from trusted providers to help you manage costs easier.

If you want to know more about dentures and prices, call our team on 08 9470 3944 so we can answer any questions you have.

 

Common mistakes with denture care

When you've found the right dentures, it's important to look after them properly so they last as long as they’re intended to. Denture care is fairly simple when you incorporate it into your daily oral hygiene routine, it’ll help the to look good and work properly. Common problems to avoid are:

  1. Forgetting to clean your dentures
  2. Not soaking your dentures overnight
  3. Not adjusting your diet
  4. Being too rough with your dentures
  5. Not attending regular check-ups
  6. Putting off relines and repairs

 

1. Not cleaning your dentures

Food particles and bacteria can get trapped on dentures just as they can on natural teeth, which can lead to bad breath, decay and gum disease if bacteria spreads around the mouth.

The best way to clean a denture is, naturally, with a toothbrush – though using a denture cleaning solution rather than toothpaste, which may be too abrasive and cause damage.

Dentures should be taken out before cleaning. Just as you shouldn't brush your teeth too hard, you should take care when brushing your dentures to avoid damaging their surface.

 

2. Not soaking your dentures overnight

As well as daily cleaning, dentures need to be disinfected to help prevent gum disease and other infections. Soaking them in a cleaning solution overnight will kill bacteria as well as keep the dentures moist, which can extend their lifespan.

 

3. Not adjusting your diet

Wearing dentures can mean giving up certain foods or preparing them in different ways, depending on the dentures' strength and the material they're made of.

Foods that are very hard or sticky may damage dentures or cause them to dislodge. Small pieces of food such as nuts and seeds may get trapped between the dentures and the gums, which can be painful. Food and drink that stains teeth can also stain dentures.

Read more tips for foods to avoid when wearing dentures.

 

4. Being too rough with your dentures

Your dentures may be strong, but they're not invincible. Always take care when removing your dentures and store them safely in their container when they're not in use so it's less likely you'll need to see an emergency dentist for denture repairs or replacement.

 

5. Not having regular check-ups

Even if you've replaced all of your teeth with dentures, it's still important to see a dentist for regular check-ups every six to 12 months and possible x-rays every 1 to 2 years.

As well as checking your gums and any remaining teeth for signs of oral health problems, your dentist will inspect your dentures to see if they need any adjustments or repairs. They can also advise you when it's time for a new set and help you with any problems or concerns you may have.

 

Find out more about dentures in East Victoria Park

If you have more questions about dentures or you're ready to talk to a dentist about your teeth replacement options, book a consultation with EVP Dental today.

Call us on (08) 9470 3944 or get in touch online and our team will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

References

  1.  https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/dentures