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Dentures

Overview

Set of Denture in glass of water and tools on white background

Dentures are detachable appliances that usually consist of artificial teeth connected to a pink plastic base.

What is the procedure for fabricating dentures? 

Generally, dentures are made in 3 steps:

Step 1: Registration of Impression

In this step, a primary impression of the structure within your mouth will be made. Your dentist will apply a thick fluid over your teeth, which will harden in minutes. The impression will be sent to a laboratory, which will design and fabricate a denture prototype that fits you well. 

In addition to a primary impression, your dentist may also suggest for you to do a master impression and bite registration. A master impression will ensure that a record maximum denture bearing area is taken, and also to develop an effective border seal. A bite registration ensures that the dentures will fit and function properly by diagnosing potential movement related problems. 

Step 2: Try-in

You will be required to ‘test’ the prototype to see if any adjustments have to be made. Once you are happy with the alignment and fit, the prototype will be sent back to the lab to finish off the aesthetics.

Step 3: Issue

The finished product will be issued to you.

What is the procedure like? 
They are secured to your natural teeth either by attachments of metal clasps. Dentures come in the form of partial denture or complete denture. The former can be used if there are existing natural teeth for the clasps to attach to them. The latter is required if there are no natural teeth left.

How long should I wear my dentures each day?
Generally, dentures can be worn throughout the day. However, as our teeth are more prone to bacteria attacks at night, dentures should be removed before sleeping. This is to prevent the trapping of plaque and bacteria that can result in further complications like gum disease and dental decay. 

How do I take care of my dentures?
You should brush your dentures once a day to get rid food and plaque residues with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This would prevent permanent stains or built up of plaque. While cleaning your dentures, it is also advisable to place a bowl of water underneath it to minimize  the risk of impact in the event of it dropping. Dentures can last up to 7-10 years if proper care is taken.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long or how many visits is required for denture treatment?

It would take approximately 3 or 4 visits across a month for full dentures. For partial dentures, it would require only about 2 to 3 visits.

2. Can your dentists repair my dentures?

While we do provide denture repair, it is advisable for you to bring along your denture for the attending dentist to assess the condition. If it is beyond repair, our dentist will advise you on other alternatives.

3. Is the clinic able to fix my dentures in the same visit?

We regret to inform you that dentures have to be sent to the lab for fixing and the collection date will depend on the work progression of lab.

Home Care Instructions for Denture

1. I feel soreness after putting on my dentures. What should I do?

Slight soreness can be expected with a new set of dentures. If you find that your gums are getting cut, please contact our clinic to schedule for an appointment. A few adjustments may be required to get the dentures to fit perfectly.

2. What kind of food can I eat or should avoid with my dentures?

It may take some time to get used to eating with your new dentures. You could start with soft and easy to chew foods (i.e fish, cheese, chopped meat, cooked vegetables). Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time, as this would help to stabilise the denture. Avoid very hot foods and drinks to prevent burns as dentures decrease your sensitivity to temperature differences.

3. My dentures have affected the way I speak. Why is this so?

You may experience some difficulties speaking normally with your dentures. Reading aloud is a very good way to relearn your normal speech.

4. Why should I remove my dentures before going to bed at night?

Leaving your dentures out at night helps to keep your gums healthy, and keep your dentures fitting better and longer. In addition, it reduces the risk of developing an infection. However, if immediate dentures were placed over new extraction sites, please keep the dentures in for the first 3 days. The dentures will help to promote clotting, and prevent irritations to the extraction sites.

5. I’ve removed my dentures before going to bed, what should I do with it now?

Dentures should be cleaned every night before you to go bed. The dentures should be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush, using either a regular toothpaste or denture cleanser. It is recommended to clean them over a sink full of water or a towel, as this can prevent the dentures from breaking if it slips out of your hands. Thereafter, soak the dentures in tap water.

6. I still have a few teeth left, do I need still need to brush them everyday?

It is important to continue to care for your remaining teeth (for partial dentures), gums and tongue. Please clean them as per normal, twice a day.

7. How do I keep my dentures clean after each meals?

Remove your dentures after each meal, and rinse it under running water. Do not rinse the dentures in hot or boiling water as this may warp the dentures.

8. My dentures aren’t giving me any problems, do I still need to visit the dentist?

It is recommended to schedule for a check-up at least once every 6 months. During these visits, your dentist will evaluate the fit of the denture and advise if necessary adjustments should be made. Specifically for implant-retained dentures, your dentist will also check on the health of the implants and the condition of the O-rings. O-rings are used to attach your dentures to your implants and will typically be replaced once every 6 to 8 months.