Denture services

At first it can feel a little strange when you have your new dentures fitted. This will go away normally after a week or two. Speech can be affected at first but then will settle once a week has passed.

It is a learning process for the first week or two when it comes to eating, speaking and comfort.

This all depends on what we are trying to achieve. If you want new dentures without changing your appearance this can be achieved.

On the other hand if you are looking for total revamp of your appearance this is also possible, the shape of teeth can be changed even a patient’s lip and facial profile can be changed. At the end of the day it all depends on what you as the patient wants to achieve.

Eating for the first time with your new dentures may be a challenge at first, but as time passes and your tongue becomes familiar with your new teeth it will become easier and easier.

In the beginning cutting your food into small pieces is a good idea to start the learning process and before you know it you will be chewing your food without a second thought.

Unfortunately the lower denture can sometimes be very difficult to stabilize in the mouth. If your ridge is flat or small this can greatly affect your dentures stability. With the upper denture in most cases we can achieve a suction seal to help with stability, but with the lower this is a lot harder to achieve.

The best solution is a lower implant denture, this is the best way to have a stable and solid fitting lower denture. If you are interested in implants just let us know and we can book a consultation for you to further explore your options.

Denture adhesive can be used to help keep your dentures in place all day and give you that piece of mind your denture won’t fall out during an important occasion. Denture adhesive won’t fix a loose or unstable denture that is giving you sore spots etc. If this is the issue an appointment with one of our dental Prosthetist will be needed.

Dentures if cared for in the correct way can last from 5-7 years and much longer. Over this time your mouth can change in many ways, this can affect the longevity and fit of your dentures, to solve this relines and adjustments may be needed over time.

We recommend taking your dentures out at night to let your gums and palate breathe, this helps relieve some of the pressure put on your ridges and gums. Also cleaning your gums, palate and tongue with a soft tooth brush is essential to keeping your mouth healthy.

It seems crazy but avoid using toothpaste, toothpaste is an abrasive substance and will slowly wear away at your denture and cause micro abrasions which in turn will fill with plaque and other bacteria. A simple mix of warm soapy water and a brush will do the trick. Sterodent and Polident type solutions do help with cleaning but are not substitutes for a thorough clean with a brush.

If it all gets too hard come in and see us, we can bring your dentures back to their original shine.

Normally if you see a dentist for your new dentures they will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental laboratory so they can fabricate your new dentures and your dentist will then insert them for you. This system has some major flaws. Dentist don’t actually make your dentures, so this mean the prosthetist/technician making your dentures has no idea what you look like or what your preferences may be. They are making your denture with very little information about you. Dentures are a highly customizable appliance, there are so many variables to take into account, including facial features, teeth selection, and smile lines just to mention a few.

The only way this can be accounted for is if there is communication between the Prosthetist making the dentures and the patient.

This allows for a more natural looking set of teeth instead of the standard “one smile fits all” look.

Yes in most cases is it can be fixed. Usually all that is required is a simple reline of the denture in question.

This can all be done in one day with just two appointments, a morning impression and an afternoon fitting appointment.

Obviously not all cases are the same so come in and see us for a free consultation.

At Brisbane Denture Clinic we fully understand certain situation arise where patients need things done fast, please contact us and we can fast track your appointment so you can have your new smile FAST.

CONTACT US: Elizabeth St. Shopping Centre Shop 8a/28 Elizabeth St Acacia Ridge (07) 3172 1312

Dental care treatment and procedures

Generally it is recommended to brush and floss after each meal or twice a day.

STEP 1: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the other gumline. Gently brush back and forth.

STEP 2: Brush in the inside surfaces of each tooth, where plaque may accumulate most. Brush gently back and forth. Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom. Then, brush the chewing surface of each tooth, gently brushing back and forth.

STEP 3: People seem to forget about cleaning the tongue, this is extremely important for the overall cleanliness of the mouth. A purpose made tongue scraper can be used for this.

This may vary for each individual, but you should visit once every 6 months for a scale and clean plus a general check up.

It is very important that you list any medical conditions, medications and allergy to any medicine when filling out the medical history form for your dental visit.

If you’ve ever felt pain in your teeth after drinking or eating hot or cold food and drinks, you’ve had tooth sensitivity. One out of every four adults has had tooth sensitivity, often coming and going over time.

Tooth sensitivity is tooth pain that comes from a wearing away of the tooth’s surface or gums. When gums recede, or pull away from the teeth, they leave the root of the tooth bare.

Because these roots are not covered by enamel (the hard outer layer of the tooth), thousands of tiny channels leading to the tooth’s nerve are exposed. When heat, cold or pressure touches these channels, you may feel pain. Ignoring your sensitive teeth can lead to other more serious oral health problems.

This is especially true if the pain causes you to brush poorly, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning?

You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful. People with nighttime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel ten times faster than those without abusive chewing habits.

Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed. In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth.

Ask your dentist if a nightguard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.

Some adults develop a condition called dry mouth, which results when there is insufficient saliva. Dry mouth is caused by certain medical disorders and is often a side effect of medications such as antihistamine, antihypertensives, antidepressants, decongestant, painkillers and diuretics.

Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth. Without saliva to lubricate your mouth, wash away food, and neutralize the acids produced by plaque, extensive cavities can form. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulates saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses.

In some cases, a dentist may prescribe a medication that helps produce saliva and may suggest fluoride products to help prevent rapidly advancing tooth decay.

You may occasionally experience bad breath. It can be caused by certain foods, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth, tobacco products or a medical disorder.

Sometimes a sinus infection, postnasal drip or other respiratory tract infections can cause bad breath. If bad breath persists, your dentist may determine whether it’s caused by a dental condition.

Yes, we offer payment plans through Zip Money and Dental Care. In most cases no deposit is required.

All plans are interest free. Please ask one of our friendly staff for more details.