Perfect Treat for Your New Dentures

Getting yourself new dentures is but one step to regain confidence and your good looks after you have lost your teeth.

new denturesCaring for these new dentures is equally important. This is necessary so you can keep your dentures looking new and your mouth healthy.

Denture care – slightly different from that of natural teeth

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Just like natural teeth, dentures also harbour bacteria and cause bad breath if not properly maintained and cared for. But note that there are ways of taking care of natural teeth that could have a bad effect on dentures.

For instance, you should not use toothpaste in cleaning your dentures. This is because toothpaste is abrasive to dentures, thus will create microscopic scratches on them.

bacteria on teeth

These scratches can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria. It starts with food deposits settling into these spots. Build-up of plaque then follows. Bacteria can multiply fast on plaque and can quickly damage your dentures aside from making them unhygienic.

Dentures therefore require daily maintenance by brushing with a recommended denture cleaner to remove food deposits and prevent build-up of stains.

recommended denture cleaning toolsWhen cleaning dentures, remove them from your mouth and brush them gently on all the surfaces. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles so that you won’t scratch your dentures. Be careful not to damage the bend attachments.  

Moreover,  rinse your dentures after every meal and in between brushings.

Where do you get these recommended denture cleaning tools?

Most clinics will recommend which denture cleaner and toothbrush you should use.

But if you have your dentures made by Direct Denture Care, you are given a black bag containing items that you should use in caring for  your new dentures. 

Direct Denture Care Packages

The contents of the bag may differ. Among the items that the bag may contain are a number of Polident denture cleaners, Sensodyne and a new toothbrush you can use on your denture. Depending on whether you had a partial or full denture made, you’ll also be given a denture bath.  

Direct Denture Care will also tell you about biotene, a dental hygiene product that comes in form of mouthwash, gel and toothpaste.

What is biotene?

This brings you relief from dry mouth. The mouth becomes dry because of radiation and certain medicines that affect your salivary glands. The mouth becomes drier when you wear dentures.    

Biotene has the same pH level as saliva. It will therefore complement saliva to moisturise the dry mouth. Plus, you won’t feel that your mouth is dry

How can you tell if you have a dry mouth?

A sticky, dry feeling is the most obvious indication that your mouth does not have enough saliva.

dry mouth

Frequent thirst is the other sign of a dry mouth. Plus lips will be flaky and dry, flaky and the tongue pink and rough. The person will also have bad breath.

You may also experience a prickly sensation in the mouth. The tongue will tend to stick against the upper half of your mouth and you may find it difficult to chew.

Sample biotene products for dry mouth

Biotene comes in the following forms:

  1. Oral Balance Gel – this is the most concentrated formula of biotene and provides immediate and long lasting relief.
  2. Mouth spray – provides  immediate relief and can be used anywhere .
  3. Mouthwash – this one brings immediate and long lasting relief and helps freshen your breath as well.
  4. Biotene toothpaste – specially formulated to protect your teeth from cavities.

Some of the most popular biotene products include Polident and Sensodyne.   

  • Polident

This penetrates the biofilm and kills up to 99.9 percent of odour causing bacteria. That’s why this is recommended by most dental clinics, being more effective than regular toothpaste.

Polident also helps remove tough stains and the mild plaque off your dentures. It is also protective and will help maintain the original colour of your dentures.

Plus, it has a fully non-abrasive formula, meaning it cleans the denture without  scratching it.

  • Sensodyne

Sensodyne is known to repair and protect sensitive teeth. There’s a new NOVAMIN Sensodyne formulation that forms a harder layer over vulnerable areas of sensitive teeth.

By brushing twice a day, the added NOVAMIN and the  sodium fluoride creates an even harder reparative layer over the exposed dentine. This brings sustained relief and is recommended for people with partial dentures and sensitive teeth.

Are Dentures Painful?

Dentures are great in replacing teeth that have fell off or removed. Plus, because of dental care innovations, dentures have become more natural looking and more comfortable, so no reason not to wear them as substitute for lost teeth.

are-dentures-painful-direct-denture-careStill, it may feel uncomfortable at first. Your gums need to heal and your mouth needs to get used to the false teeth, especially if you’ve had no teeth in the empty spaces for some time. Sometimes it takes a few months for you  depending on how fast your body heals.

During this time, you are likely to feel sore. This pain and swelling of the gums will however slowly subside.

partial-or-full-dentures-direct-denture-careIt can be a partial or full denture, but during the following instances it’s necessary to have remaining teeth extracted and replaced with a full denture:

  1. There are only few remaining teeth that cannot support a new prosthesis.
  2. The natural teeth are in poor condition.
  3. If the sockets or gums are infected so that they can no longer support the remaining natural teeth.

Nonetheless, it’s up to the dental prosthetist to decide if it’s better to remove or keep the remaining teeth.

dentist-direct-denture-careIn case a tooth or a number of teeth are extracted, it’s recommended that you see your dentist a day (24 hours) after. You also need to consult the day after you got your dentures. Then a follow-up visit is necessary after one week.

These follow-up visits are important because:

  1. They allow your Dental Prosthetist to check for any sustained soreness that need his or her attention i.e. sore spots.
  2. How your dentures fit should be checked. The Dental Prosthetist will make adjustments to your dentures if necessary. Sometimes you may require soft relines to your dentures following the denture procedure.

These visits are recommended for immediate dentures.

What immediate dentures involve

Immediate dentures are dentures placed immediately after the extraction of the remaining teeth. The procedure involves taking impressions of your mouth while the teeth are still present.

By the time the teeth are removed, a denture is ready to be inserted and everything is done on one visit.

tooth-extraction-direct-denture-careThis differs from the traditional way. Usually, teeth are extracted during an initial visit. The gum and jaw bone would then be allowed time to heal before your dentures are fabricated.

This could take several weeks, and you’d have to go around without teeth in the meantime.

Given this, more prefer the immediate denture technique so that they won’t have to go around without teeth.

Yet this procedure has the following disadvantages:

  1. Aesthetic compromises

lost-a-tooth-direct-denture-careThis happens because the Dental Prosthetist is unable to fit the denture prior to the extraction of the teeth. This can also cause soreness and the need to adjust the denture.

  1. Swelling of gums

Since the denture is placed immediately following tooth extraction, you are likely to experience some swelling.


You are therefore required to keep the denture on for the subsequent 24 hours and see the Dental Prosthetist the next day. This is necessary because taking off the dentures may cause bleeding and swelling that could prevent you from putting the dentures back on.

So you’ll know what to do, the Dental Prosthetist will give you some post-operative instructions. It is important that you follow these to the letter.

How to care for your new dentures

Note that during the healing process, your speech may be slightly altered and your tongue and lips need to adapt to using the new denture.

Here are steps you must do to speed up healing:

  • Do not remove your dentures for three days, or as directed by the Dental Prosthetist. This will help minimise the chances of bleeding and keep swelling to a minimum.

diet-direct-denture-care2) Chew only soft foods and in small bites. You should not chew as hard using your dentures nor eat hard foods as if you’re using natural teeth. They can’t chew the same way natural teeth do.

In case your bite feels uneven several days down the line, tell your Dental Prosthetist.

In the off chance that you develop a severe sore spot which prevents you from wearing the denture, visit your Dental Prosthetist.


3) After three days, take off your dentures before every bedtime to allow you gums to  heal. Check with your Dental Prosthetist on how you should clean your denture. You should clean it regularly to prevent stains and bacteria from accumulating.

Though you may experience some pain with fresh new dentures, the pain will surely subside and having a complete set of teeth, albeit false, boosts your confidence significantly. This is confidence that will allow you to achieve greater things.




Are Dentures Covered by Medicare?

If you wear dentures, you’ll want to know what funding methods are available for you. This is necessary as you need to visit your dental prosthetist regularly to maintain your dentures.

Now It would certainly be a blessing if the country’s main healthcare fund Medicare, covers the cost of these visits.

The Department of Health develops the Medicare policy while Australia’s Department of Human Services administers Medicare and will pay for you the benefits if you are eligible.

So, does Medicare cover dentures?

dental prosthetist

It’s important to understand Medicare and how it works so that you’ll know if it covers denture outlays. You are eligible if:

  • You are a permanent Australian resident
  • You are a citizen of Australia or New Zealand
  • You have applied for permanent residency and meet a few other basic criteria – this excludes applications for parent visas, and;
  • You are a beneficiary of a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement cover by another country.

If you pass any of these eligibility criteria, you are issued with a Medicare card that represents your enrolment to the fund. You need to be at least 15 years old to have your own Medicare card. Children below 15 can be a beneficiary of their parents’ Medicare.

What is covered under Medicare?

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  • Treatment that health professionals provide can either be free or subsidised. These professionals include doctors, optometrists, specialists, as well as other allied health practitioners and dentists in specific circumstances.
  • 75 percent of the Medicare Schedule fee for medical procedures and services. if you are a private patient in a public or private hospital. (excludes hospital accommodation and additional items like theatre fees and medicines.)
  • Free treatment and accommodation in public hospitals for public Medicare patients.

For dental care, Medicare only covers treatments if they are deemed to be essential for the well-being of the patient.

Dental Hygiene of Teeth with Braces

This means that dental procedures that will enhance your appearance (cosmetic purposes) are not covered by Medicare. The underlying assumption is that the life of the patient does not depend on the item of cosmetic adjustment.

Because  most general dental treatments and examinations are not essential to the wellbeing of the individual, these are not covered by Medicare. And when the dental service is covered, it may not cover the whole cost.

Dental procedures covered by Medicare

  • Oral surgery – Medicare covers specific oral surgeries if they are required for particular non-cosmetic purposes.

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  • Diagnostic – The fund will cover diagnostic procedures recommended by medical practitioners. Examples here include dental x-rays.
  • Preventative – Procedures that help prevent greater and costlier dental problems from developing later on such as cleaning and sealing are provided limited cover.

costlier dental problems from developing later on such as cleaning and sealing are provided limited cover


      • Restorative – Restorative procedures such as dental implants and root canal therapy are covered partially. Though this only happens in some states and territories and not the whole country.

Each state and territory has its own public dental program. As such, they have their own schemes and eligibility requirements.

From the foregoing, dentures are not essentially covered by Medicare. So it is advisable that you get your dentures from a clinic that works in partnership with established health funds to ensure you have prompt and efficient payment processing for all your private health fund claims.

Note: Even though dental procedures intended primarily for cosmetic purposes are not covered, essential treatments may bring with it improvement in the patient’s appearance.

How Medicare covers dental procedures

The Federal Government provides funding for dental treatments for eligible grownups and children through various schemes that are not mainstream Medicare. These include:

Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme

This scheme has been introduced as a replacement of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to provide ongoing funding in partnership with states and territories. This scheme aims to assist in covering public dental services for all children as well as for adults with concession cards.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

This has since been replaced with the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme. Under this scheme, eligible children aged between 2 and 17 years of old would access basic dental services. Children who were entitled to government benefits such as the Family Tax Benefit Part A would receive benefits capped at $1,000 per child every two years to cover services like examinations, cleaning, x-rays, fissure sealing, root canals, fillings and extractions.

When this was replaced with the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme, the coverage was widened, to increase the number of beneficiaries.

Moreover, the scheme aims to improve the oral health of Australian people who are unable to afford private healthcare insurance.

Persons who can afford private health cover can also enjoy different levels of dental cover supported by the government through the extras cover. These may range from general preventative dental care to orthodontics and other major dental procedures.

Understanding Dentures

Missing teeth often leave gaps that can cause both eating and speech problems. Additionally, teeth left on either side of the gap may grow into the space at some angle. That’s why no one wants to lose their natural teeth.

But no matter how you take care of your teeth, age and decay can force you to have it extracted.  When this happens, your options include:

  • 1. Removable teeth replacement (partial or complete dentures)
    2. Fixed replacement (bridges or implants).

Depending on the level of damage, you may need to remove the remaining teeth.

For teeth replacement, the most popular option is having dentures.

What are dentures?

These are removable false teeth made of nylon, acrylic (plastic) or metal that fit snugly on the gums in the socket where teeth are missing. Dentures are custom-made for you.

The patient chooses whether the denture would be made of acrylic or metal. The denture bases will however be made from a rigid acrylic. To ensure that your denture fits perfectly, the dental prosthetist will normally take moulded impressions of your mouth that will be used to create the denture.

The kind of dentures the dental prosthetist fits for you will depend whether you just had a few or all of your teeth removed. What you need also determines how much you need to pay. Prepare to pay anywhere at least $1,900 for upper and lower full dentures.

And if you choose to have your dentures made out of porcelain, this costs slightly higher. Upper partial dentures cost $600 upwards on average while each tooth may cost $43.

No matter the cost, both partial and complete dentures replace missing teeth and eliminate the potential problems generally caused by gaps.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures replace some missing teeth, with natural teeth remaining. They are made from acrylic with a little metal. This small metal helps clasp the dentures in place. The bases of most partial dentures are made from a rather flexible type of thermoplastic such as nylon. Though these are little expensive, but they  feel and look more natural.


Complete dentures

Also referred to as full dentures, these are made and used when all the teeth are missing. To fully replace teeth in the upper jaw, the dentures will include a flesh-coloured acrylic base covering the gums as well as the roof of the mouth. This allows the entire set of false teeth to sit firmly in place.

Though complete dentures for the lower jaw are similar, their acrylic base is typically shaped like a horseshoe so they can avoid covering the tongue.


What to expect when getting your first denture

If you have some or all of your teeth missing, you should consider having them replaced with partial or complete dentures to restore your confident smile and ability to chew.

After you choose to have a denture, here’s what to expect between your visits to the DP and the time you’ll take to adjust to new dentures.

Fitting your denture

The DP will first take you through the steps in fitting  – explaining in details what you are supposed to expect.

They will also explain if you’ll need to have any remaining natural teeth removed before fitting the dentures.

Then he/she will remove any remaining teeth in the jaw before fitting the dentures.

Dental impression

The DP will take moulds of your mouth in order to create a denture that suits you.

+ Bite moulds

The dental prosthetist uses wax blocks to check if you’re comfortable when you bite with your denture on.  

During this phase the DP may also ask you to choose the shape and colour of your new teeth.

+ Wax models

The dentures (your new teeth) are set in wax. This helps you get a good idea of how your final denture will look.

+ Fitting

The final phase is to fit your denture. You are then given instructions on how to care for the denture.

Adapting to dentures

Once you have your new dentures fitted, you may use them. However, it’s important to understand that dentures are not exactly like regular teeth. They need a different type of care and require some getting used to.

It may feel weird to have new dentures in your mouth at first, but your tongue, mouth and the facial muscles eventually get used to it. You just need to be patient and practice speaking and eating with it.

To make the process more comfortable, your dental prosthetist may recommend using denture adhesives and cleansers. These should help you feel a lot more confident while wearing your new denture.

Note that the prices for the dentures will depend on many factors such as:

1. The work that’s involved in fitting the dental prosthetist
2. The number of follow-up appointments needed overed:
3. The type of dentures that you choose. Different dental prosthetists also charge differently for their respective services, so it’s rewarding to canvas around for the best deals.


Dentures can be the best thing since sliced bread for anyone who has missing teeth. If some or all of your teeth are missing, find a dental prosthetist to recommend the right dentures for you. Whatever your budget, there are a suitable plan and denture type to help you enjoy your life again.

What to Expect When You Have New Dentures

Anyone with missing teeth will agree that dentures are the best thing since sliced bread.

Being artificial teeth, however, you have to adjust to get used to them. The first few days with new dentures may feel a little awful. But you will shortly get used to wearing them.  

Your mindset plays a major role in how fast you adapt to new dentures. You must  understand that a denture is an alternative to having no teeth, not a substitute for your natural teeth.

They are designed to last at least 5 years. With proper care, they can even  last up to 10 years.  

But just like natural teeth, your dentures need regular maintenance to last that long.

Adapting to New Dentures

Like any new experience, you’ll need to be patient with your new dentures in order to get used to them.

Depending on the nature of your oral tissue, there may be slight spasms of pain within the first 2 to 3 days of wearing your new denture. You may have to put up with some soreness in the beginning, as you’ll need to leave your denture in your mouth for the first few days.

Your DP will tell you how long you should wear your dentures before you can start taking it out at bedtime and during the day for cleaning.They will also make any adjustments to your dentures as required after they have been inserted.  

Whichever the case, the experience should naturally improve after the first 48 hours. These two days are the most challenging.  These are among  the challenges that you may encounter and how to overcome each of them.

+ Speech is affected

New dentures may affect your speech, but this can easily be solved. . Simply practise reading out loud or singing – whichever you prefer.


Either of these will exercise your tongue and let it find the right position to produce clear speech.

Slow down if your talking is impeded. Eventually you’ll pinpoint the pace you’re comfortable in when speaking with your new denture.

+ Retention and Stability of Dentures

Unlike your natural teeth, dentures are generally less stable. No denture is expected to match the perfection of healthy natural teeth.

One way to enhance retention and stability is to use denture adhesives.  But remember these will only help well-fitting dentures, not a poorly fitting one. A match stick size of adhesive is all that is required, possibly in two places.


Thus, it is best to check in with your DP for a reline or a new denture if the present one does not fit well.

And note that not all new dentures need adhesives. There are some dentures that use other mechanisms to have stability and retention. For best results, consult with your DP.

+ Suction with a New Denture

It may take 24 hours for your new denture to achieve proper suction depending on the type of soft tissue in your mouth and the amount of bone available. Note that an upper denture may take longer than a lower one.

However, a full lower denture will rarely have the same suction as the upper denture. Here’s a tip: some people can make the suction of their new dentures become stronger by drinking through a straw.

+ Excess Saliva

You may frequently have lots of saliva in your mouth with new dentures. To remove excess saliva, you should drink more water.


The water also helps in maintaining the right levels of moisture in your mouth during the early stages of wearing a new denture.

Care for New Dentures

Your DP will often ask you to keep your new denture in your mouth for at least 2 days. This is a challenge given the discomfort brought about by new dentures.

Removing the denture prematurely for whatever reason may cause your gums to swell and make it impossible to put the denture back into the socket.

Bleeding may also occur and the tissue that’s been freshly operated on may be affected.

In case you feel some pain or soreness, do not hesitate to inform your DP about it.

Clean your dentures at least twice a day. Just like your natural teeth would require brushing after every meal to control bacteria, your dentures equally need regular removal and cleaning for your oral hygiene and overall health.

Massage your gums to improve blood flow. Removing your new dentures for cleaning during the day will allow you to massage your gums to boost blood flow and ease nerve tension.

Remove your dentures when going to bed. It’s recommended that you remove your dentures overnight and put them back in their socket only in the morning. At night, soak the dentures in a glass of water or denture bath  and leave them by the side of your bed.



If this is not an option for you, then be sure to find at least two other times of the day to take out your denture.

Regularly check in with your DP

Some people brag that they have not seen a DP for x amount of years, You require to get your dentures checked every 2-3 years. Your jaw and facial muscles change shape every year plus the teeth in the denture can wear down, depending what teeth you decided on putting into the denture.


Dentures improve your appearance and boost your confidence. How long your dentures last will depend on how well you look after them. To prolong their usage, follow the denture care procedures given here and the recommendations of your DP.


Teeth Impression Kit

If you are prone to gagging when an impression is taken of your mouth for dentures or a mouthguard, then an impression kit will be for you.

If you are stuck at home, at a nursing home, or find it difficult to move around, then use an impression kit.

If you are located in the country where there is no dental prosthetist or prosthetist around, then an impression kit is for you.

If you do not like other people looking down your mouth, then look at a Teeth
Impression Kit.


There is some putty located inside the kit, some white and blue. Mix the two together and when it is a light blue colour with no streaks, then put the putty inside the impression tray.

Hold the tray ready to put into your mouth. Put it in and be mindful to take an impression of your mouth. Do not double dip. (An extra white and blue putty is available should you do it incorrectly.)

Bite down and push the putty into your teeth and gums, make sure your lip is over the front of the impression tray.

Hold still for 30 seconds and then carefully take the impression out of your mouth. Wait a further 3 minutes for the impression material to harden.

When the putty has hardened, place in the plastic bag provided and seal it. Put the plastic bag with your impression into the bubble wrap and then place in the box provided. (Make sure that the clear, plastic insert that came with the putty and the impression tray has been taken out of the box so that the impression of your mouth can go into the box.)

Close the box and send back to us in the return envelope.

All about Partial Dentures

If some of your natural teeth have already been removed, you need a partial denture.

Aptly named, partial dentures replace teeth when only some and not all are missing in either or both the upper and the lower jaw.

Why You Need a Partial Denture

A partial denture enhances your appearance.

Some people also opt for partial dentures to make chewing easier. Missing teeth means having spaces in between teeth and having the remaining teeth unsupported, making them over erupt or lean sideways. When this occurs, replacements become difficult. To remedy this, you should opt to put in partial dentures.

Partial dentures may support an opposing full denture. The opposing full denture in this case replaces all your lower or upper teeth.

Suppose you have a full denture on your upper jaw and a few natural front teeth left on the lower part of your mouth. The problem is, when you bite or chew food, it may result in tilting down the back of the upper denture.

In this situation, it would be advisable to wear a partial denture to prevent unintentional damage on the remaining natural front teeth. A denture will make the strain produced by chewing and grinding become evenly distributed.

In the process, the wear and tear of the few remaining natural teeth becomes greatly minimised.

Depending on your preference, your dental prosthetist can make you a partial denture using a variety of materials and designs.

Partial Denture Materials You Can Choose From

Partial dentures can be made from different materials – mostly acrylic, cast metal and nylon.

1. Acrylic partial dentures
These will cost you the lowest and are the most cost-effective. Further, your dental prosthetist (DP) may recommend these where there is significant tooth loss or in case your teeth need to be extracted.

The advantage is that they are generally much easier to repair, reline or modify.

Though unnecessary in certain cases, most of these acrylic dentures have stainless steel or clasps for retention in the mouth.

2. Cast metal partial dentures
Most people prefer these cast metal partial dentures because they support the remaining natural teeth quite perfectly. You may also like their thinner and more appealing small size inside your mouth.

They have a rigid frame that also lets you transfer bite impact to your remaining natural teeth. This is possible because they have metal rests on the opposing surface of the supporting teeth.

Cast metal retainers, tooth coloured resin or flexible nylon can be used as retention for a cast metal partial denture. Your DP should advise you on the choice of retention that will work best for your dentures.

Just like other dentures, metal partial dentures can be repaired or relined when necessary. Notice however that this may involve welding, so be sure to consult with your DP.

3. Nylon partial dentures
Flexible nylon partial dentures are made from thermoplastic nylon. They are often available in two different options that vary in rigidness.

These dentures require no metal retainers. Because of this flexibility, their base is used to retain them in the socket. They can also often be used with clear or tooth coloured resin retainers.

The hassle from using nylon flexible partial dentures is if you need them relined or repaired. This usually takes at least a week. Ask your dental prosthetist for more information regarding your options.

What to Expect From Partial Dentures

+ Like with any new denture, new partial dentures may feel a little awkward or bulky in your mouth in the beginning. It’s important to understand that this is absolutely normal. You naturally become accustomed to wearing them eventually.

Eating with new partial dentures should equally feel off at the beginning. But this will just be for a short period. You can start by eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Exercise your dentures by chewing on both sides of your mouth to exert even pressure on both sides. Also avoid foods that are extremely sticky as they may weaken your gum and affect how the dentures fit.

It will take some patience and practice to insert and remove your partial denture. Fortunately, it won’t be long before you become a pro at it.

You can expect soreness if your new partial denture puts too much pressure on a particular area. When this happens, check in with your DP. He or she will adjust the partial denture to fit more comfortably. You can also expect your DP to recommend taking out your partial dentures before you go to bed and put them back on in the morning. Be sure to put the dentures in some water so that they do not dry out.

The partial denture should fit into place easily. You shouldn’t force it into position, not even by biting down. Such force could bend the clasps or break them all together.

Your dental prosthetist DP will provide you with specific instructions on how long the denture should be worn and how often and for how long. Be sure to follow them to the letter so you can get the best results.

You may be asked to wear your partial dentures continuously without taking them off. This will be a little uncomfortable. But this is the quickest way to pinpoint which parts may require adjustment.

The partial denture may help you pronounce words better. You may realise that your speech becomes better as your mouth gets accustomed to the new dentures.


Do you have a missing tooth or a couple of missing teeth? Don’t hesitate in getting partial dentures to boost your confidence and have a new, better oral experience.

Implant Retained Dentures

The main concern of people with dentures is its stability. No one wants the dentures to move in his mouth.

Whether full or partial, regular dentures for the upper jaw are normally stable enough. They typically do not need additional support. In contrast, dentures on the lower jaw are less stable.

Implant retained dentures solve this problem. They offer stability for anchoring full or partial removable dentures.

Even though a regular denture of the upper jaw tends to be sufficiently stable, you can still replace it with an implant retained denture if you so desire.

What are Implant Retained Dentures?

For optimum teeth replacement, your dental prosthetist may use dental implants to support full or partial dentures.

The dental prosthetist works hand-in-hand with the dental prosthetist in putting dentures in your mouth. First, holes are drilled into the jawbone and attach the male implants. The prosthetist makes the denture with the female implant to clip into the male implant in the jawbone.

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that’s supported by and attached to implants rooted into the jawbone.This differs from a regular denture which normally rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.

These implant retained dentures are particularly useful when a person has no teeth in his jaw. In lieu of teeth, you must have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants.

Each implant retained denture has special parts that typically snap on to attachments placed on the implants.

The implant retained dentures will stay in place even if you chew or converse. But no need to worry. The firmly supported denture is very easy to remove and clean. It is actually recommended that you remove the denture when you go to sleep and at other times of the day for cleaning.

Make it a habit to clean your implant supported denture. And while you’re at it, rinse your mouth and clean the gum area as well.

What are ball-retained dentures?

One type of implant retained dentures is ball-retained dentures. These are made of an acrylic base that looks like gums. Your dental prosthetist will attach acrylic teeth or porcelain that look like natural teeth to the base. These dentures need at least two implants for support.

How They Work

Ball retained dentures are also referred to as stud-attachment dentures. The implants have ball shaped attachments in most cases.

The implants in the jawbone each holds a metal attachment that fits into a corresponding attachment on the denture.

These denture attachments (male attachments) fit into sockets (female attachments) on the denture. There are cases where the denture holds the male attachments while the implants hold the corresponding female attachments.

Benefits of implant retained dentures

These implant-supported dentures are effective and cost-effective. They are a major improvement from the regular removable dentures.

Let’s have a look at some benefits when you use this type of dentures.

+ Stable even when you are chewing. Supported dentures function just as your natural teeth. You can chew food confidently without the fear that you’ll damage them.

+ The stability boosts your confidence. You are assured that your dentures will not move unintentionally especially in the middle of a conversation.

+ Less seepage of food under the denture. There is little room for food to seep beneath the denture.

+ Superior aesthetics. Implant retained dentures minimise wrinkles around your mouth by restoring lost lip-support. This ensures that you look the same as when you had your natural teeth.

+ The confidence of having superior facial aesthetics and the assurance that your dentures won’t let you down naturally enhances your social interactions.

+ Implant retained dentures markedly improve your ability to chew – you can enjoy food again by eating virtually anything you want.

+ Increased preservation of natural bone. The dentures are fitted in place and this helps preserve the bone left in your jaws.

+ You also won’t need to use any denture adhesives, sticky gum, pastes or powders to enhance your denture.

If your teeth have some problem and you are considering dentures as an alternative, implant retained dentures are your best option. You may perhaps be wondering where to begin.

Here’s some heads-up.

How to Choose a Dental Prosthetist

You’ll have to first choose a dental prosthetist. He or she will be your advisor and therapist. But how do you get the right DP?

Visit to get a complete list of all the DPs in your locality. Alternatively you can refer to Yellow Pages on the internet or to your local Yellow Pages.

The first consideration in your criteria is that the dental prosthetist should be a member of the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association, ADPA.

All association members have agreed to comply with a code of practice that stipulates their obligations and regulates their conduct. This utterly safeguards your rights as a patient.


Any denture will give you a second chance and the freedom to smile even after your natural teeth are no longer there.

However, an implant retained denture gives you a completely different experience and allows you to eat comfortably and confidently. What’s more, it gives you greater confidence to smile. That’s why it’s best to say ‘yes’ every time you and a loved one need implant retained dentures.

Immediate Dentures: The Concepts, Process, and Benefits

Let’s face it: anyone would be scared and embarrassed to appear in public without teeth. Seems avoidable, but you would be in that situation if you choose to have your new denture made the traditional way.

Suppose you have a few teeth left and they’re in bad shape that they can’t support a new denture, they would have to be extracted beforehand. If this is the case, your gums and bone would need time to heal before a new denture can be made.


This process may often take a couple of months. This means you have to spend a couple of months toothless!
On the brighter side, you really don’t have to go around without teeth for several months as you wait for your gums and bone to heal. Dental prosthetists have an alternative to all that: immediate denture.
An immediate denture is a complete or partial denture inserted immediately after the removal of your natural teeth – on the same day.

How Immediate Dentures are Made

Your dental prosthetist (DP) takes impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still intact.


He then produces models of your mouth. He can perform simulated extractions on these models and place the denture teeth as close to the position of the natural teeth.

You can also expect your DP to correct anything on your teeth’s alignment and other problems that could impede your health.

The dental prosthetist often works with the help of a specialist technician, providing him (the technician) instructions on the number and nature of the teeth to be replaced with an immediate denture.

After which, the technician grinds your teeth (or tooth) off the model and simulate the extraction. He then makes the actual denture.

The DP typically confirms that the right teeth have been added before the actual extraction. Your natural teeth are given anaesthesia, extracted and your denture is then put straight in.

Then you’ll need to set a review appointment, so that adjustments can be made to the denture if necessary.

Special Aftercare for an Immediate Denture

The procedure for an immediate denture however, does not end when it is put on. Special aftercare is needed to ensure they work properly.

Your dental prosthetist will provide you with all the aftercare instructions and for follow up of your immediate dentures. These should cut across diet, painkillers and how to deal with the numbness that follows the extraction.


Dentures should be removed frequently as a standard care procedure. But this does not apply to immediate dentures. Instead, you should avoid removing them for the period that your DP told you. Removing them otherwise may cause bleeding.

Keeping them in place also protects your gums and socket. Removing the fresh denture may cause slight swelling, which may result in the denture not fitting right back in.

In contrast, when you leave them in, the clot stabilises and helps prevent bleeding. The inflammation and swelling will also naturally subside.


Your first night with new immediate dentures will not be the most comfortable. Your bite will be slightly off and the fit may not be very ideal. Chewing will naturally be a little problematic. But rest assured that the discomfort and difficulty will pass.

To assess the condition of the gums and socket, the DP often takes out the denture during your next appointment – usually the day that follows.

You’ll also get instructions regarding how to put in the dentures and take them out, as well as how to look after them.
Note that an immediate denture will not always have the best fit immediately simply because it is made before the socket and gums heal following an extraction.

The healing process affects the fit, therefore subsequent adjustments may be necessary. You are also likely to experience some pain and soreness.

Adapting to Immediate Dentures

For immediate dentures, it is highly important that you strictly follow the DP’s post-operation instructions. The healing process will heavily depend on how well you follow these instructions.

You should also go to each follow-up appointment with your DP. Remember to have your immediate dentures on for at least 3 days after the surgery.

This may be longer, depending on the condition of your socket and gums.

As you adapt to immediate dentures, it’s equally important to follow the instructions to oral hygiene given by your dental prosthetist. Part of these will be to constantly rinse your mouth with salty water to control harmful bacteria and facilitate the healing of your gums.

Immediate dentures also require that you reline them or fabricate an entirely new denture after four to six months. During this time, the healing process has been completed.

You can always keep the immediate denture as a spare in case new dentures are made for you.

The relining is necessary to prevent tissue from growing into your denture and cause soreness and discomfort. Your DP can provide you with an estimate of the cost of relining your immediate denture.

New dentures may often affect your speech. To remedy this, practice reading out loud or sing. This will allow your tongue to find its correct position so that you could speak clearly.

Benefits of Immediate Dentures over Conventional Dentures

Immediate dentures are an assurance that you’ll never have to walk around or appear in public toothless.

This alternative also allows your DP to easily duplicate the shape, arrangement and even the colour of your natural teeth since the immediate dentures are based on your natural teeth.

An immediate denture inserted at the time of extraction also serves to protect the tissues and helps reduce bleeding.

Traditional dentures leave your mouth without teeth for some time for your gums and socket to heal. This means that you learn to speak clearly without teeth and later relearn to speak with dentures.

Immediate dentures help you skip that headache. You can learn your speech patterns immediately and only in a single phase.

Overall, the immediate denture also helps keep you from experiencing the facial distortion that may occur as you’re waiting for a conventional denture.


Dentures are an amazing alternative to natural teeth. Nonetheless, if it comes to choosing between traditional and immediate dentures, the latter should be an instant go.

Guide to Proper Denture Care

When your natural teeth get damaged or had to be removed, it’s time to use dentures.

And just like natural teeth, dentures need proper care to ensure they last long. This is also necessary to keep your gums and mouth healthy.

Here are the top 10 steps to take care of your dentures and help keep your radiant smile long after you lose all your permanent teeth.

  1. See your dental prosthetist at least once a year

Both partial and complete dentures require regular check-ups. Have your dental prosthetist clean and specially polish them. The yearly visits to your dental prosthetist allows him or her to check your mouth and review the effectiveness, cleanliness and fit of your dentures.

The dental prosthetist often examines your oral tissues for changes as well as for sores that could become cancerous. This is also your opportunity to seek  advice regarding oral hygiene and proper denture care.

  1. Be aware of any change in how your dentures fit

You’ll want to check with your dental prosthetist if your dentures no longer feel right or are not fitting well. Dentures may often fail to fit properly over time due to gradual changes in our bones and gums.

Periodontal disease can also affect your dentures. It’s important therefore to see your dental prosthetist not only for denture cleaning but to have him check and fix them as well.

Wearing poorly fit dentures may cause burning sensations, sores, pain and a few other avoidable problems.

In case you get sores in your mouth from wearing dentures, take out the denture.  Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water many times a day.

  1. Clean them daily

Dentures need the same care as your teeth. Be sure to clean them twice a day and after meals. They build up stain just like natural teeth. Regular cleaning of your dentures will help prevent  tartar development..

Use a specially designed soft-bristled toothbrush and a liquid solution that is not abrasive – liquid soap or dishwashing liquid will do.

Do not brush too hard as doing so may leave grooves on the surface. Such grooves create space for stains and tartar to build up.

Apart from brushing, clean your dentures using a soaking solution over a folded towel of a bowl of clean water to protect them in case you drop them.  The folded towel can catch droplets of the solution and your dentures in case you drop it.

Plaque can lead to problems such as irritation and infection in the tissues underneath your dentures. To remedy this, you may need a new set of  new dentures.  

  1. Stick to recommended denture cleaning products

Do not use toothpaste to clean your dentures. There is now a variety of new denture cleaning products available in the market.

You can get these from your local chemists or the grocery store. You can as well pick some recommendations from your dental prosthetist.

An effective denture cleaning solution  normally contains active ingredients that break down plaque and remove debris. It’s also important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  1. Let your denture cleaning be a whole mouth activity

You should always brush your gums to improve blood circulation. A good massage with a washcloth is equally effective, and always rinse your mouth well with water each time you take out your dentures.

Your gums should get proper care even if you have complete dentures.

And if you only have partial dentures, don’t neglect your teeth. Take care of them by properly brushing and flossing them each day.

  1. Handle dentures with care

Do not use toothpicks when wearing your dentures. This can damage them. Equally discouraged is the use of hard brushes or strong cleaners.

As rule of thumb, never leave your dentures where pets or young children can reach them.

We saw a lady today where the dog mauled their denture next to their bed.  Thus, it’s best to keep yours  in a denture bath when not in use.

  1. Keep them from bleaching products

Some people tend to rely on hot water, bleaching products or ammonia based cleaners for their denture cleaning. Don’t!

Bleaching weakens your dentures and may damage the appearance of new dentures.

Hot water may distort your dentures and affect their fit. Like abrasives, ammonia based products also destroy the glossy surface, making your dentures vulnerable to stains and plaque build-up.  

  1. Take time for stained dentures

Everyday habits such as smoking, drinking a lot of red wine, tea or coffee may stain your dentures.

Spend more time to remove such stubborn stains from your dentures. Your dental prosthetist should be glad to offer some valuable advice on this.

  1. Discuss cleaning options with your dental prosthetist for metal dentures

For metal dentures, discuss your denture cleaning options with your dental prosthetist. Metal dentures require particular care when cleaning.

Don’t just use any product to clean metal dentures, as this may cause undue damage. Avoid using Milton solution or bleach when cleaning metal dentures.

  1. Give your dentures a break

Caring for your dentures means caring for your mouth as well. It’s recommended that you take your dentures off before you go to bed.

That will give your mouth tissues time to recover from wearing them during the day. In case you are uncomfortable sleeping without your dentures on, be sure to remove them at least twice during the day.

For dentures with metal clasps, rinse them well with water and soak in warm water. Otherwise, use either a half-water, half-vinegar solution, or a special denture cleanser. Soaking will help remove plaque, stains, tartar and bacteria.


Follow these tips and your dentures will last up to seven years before needing a replacement.