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What are dentures?
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as 'false teeth', a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person's appearance.
How long does it take to make dentures?
Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of examination and diagnosis, the subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review.
What to expect?
New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or weeks will be required before you get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies with different persons and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively.
Helping you adapt to your new dentures
Eating - Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Increased salivary flow - You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.
Speech - New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.
Sore spots - Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.
Care of your dentures
If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. When cleaning, remember the following:
- Use a soft hand brush or a special denture brush.
- Avoid very hot water as it may distort the denture.
- Use mild detergent to clean dentures. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can roughen the polished surface of the denture, (this includes standard toothpastes) Do not use bleach as this may whiten the pink acrylic.
- Hold the denture firmly while cleaning. Accidentally dropping the denture may result in chipped or broken dentures. Always wash your denture over a basin of water.
- Soak the dentures in denture cleanser at least once a week to remove stains and always rinse them thoroughly before using the dentures again.
- When you are not wearing the dentures, store them safely.
How long should you wear your dentures?
During the first few days you are advised to wear them most of the time as much as possible.
Ideally, dentures are taken out at night, to allow the gums to rest, and maintain good health. However if you are not comfortable with leaving the dentures out, they may be worn overnight, but it is all the more important that the dentures and particularly any remaining natural teeth are kept extremely clean.
What is IV Sedation?
Treatment with sedation removes patient anxiety. It produces extreme relaxation during dental treatment. An intravenous or IV Sedation is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.
Beyond creating a relaxed environment for you, dentistry with IV Sedation also allows us to complete multiple procedures in one appointment.
Is IV Sedation Dentistry for you?
If any of the following apply to you, sedation is an option for you:
- Fear of dental treatment
- History of traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb Very sensitive gag reflex
- Extremely sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
- In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
- Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades
- Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems
- Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV Sedation has several advantages:
- It's pain free. You will feel almost nothing.
- It is safe. Our clinicians have years of experience in the field of dental sedation
- You will be totally relaxed and will receive just enough sedation so that you'll be unconcerned about the dental treatment
- Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards
- Any procedure that's usually done at our practice can be done with sedation -extractions, fillings, root canal therapy, veneers and implants for example
- Patients only need to take off the day of the procedure. Most are working the next day
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What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist type of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities such as rotated, crowded, protruding teeth and poor jaw alignment. It is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Following treatment you can often eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily.
Overall, the aim is to improve your smile and personal appearance and to contribute to greater confidence, socially and professionally. It's to ensure you look your best for life's big occasions: professional events, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.
Anyone who feels that their teeth are not quite as straight as they could be should consult an orthodontist. There's no age limit for treatment.
You're never too old for braces and therefore it's never too late to achieve the smile you have always wanted. Adults are now able to receive orthodontic treatment which may not have been available to them as children. Technological advances in orthodontics have made braces more discreet and easier to wear.
Braces for children
For children, we usually wait until patients are 11 or 12 but earlier intervention may be beneficial long term if an orthodontic problem is detected. Sometimes, there may be orthodontic problems hidden behind seemingly acceptable smiles and while treatment may not be started until years later, early examination will allow the orthodontist to detect and evaluate these problems in order to plan treatment for the appropriate time.
Some early warning signs that may indicate your child should see an orthodontist:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Deep bite (overbite)
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Thumb and finger sucking
- Speech difficulty
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Missing teeth
- Signs of enamel wear
We use the very latest orthodontic techniques, equipment and technology to give you the smile you desire, in modern and comfortable surroundings. Treatment may involve the extraction of teeth but only when necessary.
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Lingual braces are the perfect choice if you want to change your smile without everyone knowing. Working similarly to traditional fixed braces, but fitted behind the teeth, lingual braces are totally invisible when you smile.
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