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Understanding dentures 


Dentures have come a long way from the one-size-fits-all solution of the past. Today, they're custom-made to fit the unique contours of your mouth, ensuring a comfortable fit and a natural appearance. Whether you've lost teeth due to injury, decay or age, dentures offer a way to restore your smile and confidence.


With advancements in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, modern dentures are more realistic and durable than ever before, providing not just an aesthetic improvement but also enhancing speech and eating functionality.

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We Offer a Range of Options for Your Dentures, From Partial to Permanent

How can dentures benefit me?


Dentures offer a variety of advantages to their users, with the most obvious being an improved appearance for your mouth, better chewing capabilities and better oral health. They’re also more cost-effective and less invasive than implants, particularly if you only need to replace a few teeth.

Denture technology has also made considerable strides in recent years; if you’ve previously put off getting a set due to concerns about discomfort, an odd appearance or the prospect of them wearing out easily, you can rest easy. 


Dentures are now more natural-looking than ever before and are also far more durable than older models.


Additionally, the improvement in adhesive technology means that you don’t need to be concerned about the possibility of them popping out when it’s least wanted.


The different types of dentures 


While all dentures are designed to replace teeth, not all of them work exactly the same way. There are three primary types of dentures:


  • Complete dentures — As the name suggests, this type of denture is designed for those who are entirely without teeth on their upper or lower arches. Complete dentures not only provide cosmetic benefits; they also help restore a variety of functionality to the wearer’s mouth. 


  • Removable partial dentures — While functional, removable partial dentures are often primarily intended for aesthetic purposes — namely, filling gaps in teeth and restoring a complete smile to the wearer. The replacement false tooth or teeth are affixed to a wire frame, which can be removed from the wearer’s mouth as desired.


  • Fixed partial dentures — Similar in principle to their removable counterparts, fixed partial dentures are permanently affixed to the wearer’s mouth — usually via a crown. Adjustments may be periodically made by a qualified dental professional.


At Glebe Point Dental, our dentists can offer trusted advice and clinical expertise for a range of denture and implant procedures, and help you choose the best dentures for your needs.



How do I clean my dentures?


Cleaning your dentures is a crucial step in maintaining both your oral health and the dentures' longevity. Here's a simple guide to keep your dentures — whether they're permanent or partial — looking and functioning at their best:


  • Remove and rinse — After eating, remove your dentures and rinse them under water to wash away food particles and other debris. If you have permanent dentures supported by implants, rinse your mouth thoroughly.


  • Brush daily — Use a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Gently brush all surfaces, including the parts that come into contact with your gums. For permanent dentures, follow your dentist's advice on brushing, ensuring you clean around the implants and gum line to prevent plaque buildup.


  • Soak overnight — Removable dentures should be kept moist when not in use to maintain their shape. Soak them in a denture-cleaning solution or water overnight. Permanent dentures do not require this step as they are fixed in your mouth.


  • Rinse before wearing — Always rinse your dentures after soaking them, especially if using a denture-cleansing solution, to remove any chemical residue before putting them back in your mouth.


  • Regular check-ups — Visit your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures fit correctly and to get professional cleanings as recommended.


Which is better — partial or full dentures?


When it comes to deciding which is better — partial or full dentures — the choice largely depends on your specific needs and the health of your remaining teeth.


Partial dentures are ideal for those who still have some natural teeth remaining. They help to fill in the gaps, preventing your natural teeth from shifting and maintaining the integrity of your jawbone. Partial dentures can be an excellent option for those looking to preserve as many of their natural teeth as possible.


On the other hand, full dentures are suited for individuals who have lost all their teeth in an arch (either upper, lower or both). They restore functionality and aesthetics, allowing for a return to normal eating and speaking habits.


Whether partial or full dentures are better for you depends on your dental health, the number of missing teeth and personal preference. Consulting with a dental professional like ours at Glebe Point Dental can help determine the best option for your situation. 


Can you leave partial dentures in all the time?


It is not recommended to leave partial dentures in your mouth all the time. Removing them at night gives your gums and mouth tissues a chance to rest, promoting oral health. Continuous wear can lead to irritation, increased risk of gum disease and potential damage to the denture and remaining natural teeth. 


Following your dentist's advice on the care and wearing schedule for your dentures is crucial to avoid complications. For those with permanent dentures, this concern does not apply, as these dentures are designed to remain in place without the need for nightly removal.


Always consult your dental care provider to make an informed decision that's best for you.

While it’s best to maintain the health of your natural teeth, situations can arise where that just isn’t possible. 


In these instances, that’s where dentures can prove to be helpful. 


So if you’ve had teeth removed for any reason, it might be time to consult with a denture clinic and see how you can get your smile back. 


We also offer denture repairs and a variety of other dentures services — so if you’ve got questions about getting dentures in Sydney, get in touch with us today. 

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