Denture information

Professional treatment of dentures

Comfortable, expert care is our main focus here at Tauranga Precision Dental. We provide a relaxing environment where you will feel welcome, safe, and at ease while ensuring the ongoing health of your dentures. Ask us about new dentures (full and partial), relining dentures, repairs and check-ups.

The following information on this page is here to help you, and answer any questions about your dentures. For more information about our clinic, or to make an appointment call us today. 

Proper fitting dentures for clear speech

The ability to speak properly depends on various subtle interactions involving your tongue, teeth, lips, cheeks and the roof of your mouth.

If your denture is fitted properly it will allow all these interactions to work together effectively. Your dentures should be helping you speak more clearly!

How do I care and clean my dentures?

Just like natural teeth, dentures always need to be cleaned morning and night in order to remove food particles and plaque. Even if you can’t see it, a build-up of plaque on your dentures can irritate your gums. Clean carefully along the gum-line and wherever any remaining teeth meet your dentures, because debris and plaque tend to build up in these areas.

 Liquid soap and water with a soft bristle brush will work well, along with specialised denture cleaning pastes and tablets.
Clients after getting dentures from a professional in Tauranga

Don't do home repairs

Never attempt to repair your dentures yourself. This can cause irreparable damage to your dentures, and may irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.

Don’t avoid replacing your dentures just because you think you'll have to endure another long adjustment period. If you are needing a reline or have a repair, the procedure can generally be made within the same day.

Don't leave your denture issues! Prolonged use of ill fitting dentures can irritate your gums, tongue, and cheeks. It can also cause the ridges of your mouth to shrink, making it impossible to fit you with normal dentures again. It can affect your ability to chew, and cause deep facial lines and wrinkles. We can help with any denture issues you may be experiencing.

Monitoring and replacement

Even with great care, your professionally fitted dentures can decline in appearance, and chewing ability over time. We can help you look for:
  • Looseness caused by tissue changes
  • Bad odour caused by absorption of fluid and bacteria
  • Stains and calculus deposits resulting from mouth fluids
We recommend replacing dentures every 8 to 12 years. If you have any denture issues give us a call today!

Look younger and smile more

No one wants the "denture" look, so you'll be pleased to discover that unlike old-fashioned dentures, today’s modern ones have drastically improved, and become far more personalised.

Getting new dentures will help you to lose that "sunken" look in your lower jaw area, as well as decrease and prevent further deep lines around your mouth. You can look younger and smile more. No one even needs to know you’re wearing them!

Dentures and diet

Not all denture wearers can eat everything they like however, many have few dietary restrictions.

Dentures help achieve more thorough chewing, which in turn leads to better digestion. There's a possibility your new properly fitted dentures may even help you to eat a more well-balanced diet.

Dentures can help you increase your food intake and your overall dietary health.

Adhesives, can they help?

A denture adhesive can help you overcome a range of problems. No matter how well your dentures have been made to fit, they may not provide the same strong, biting surface as natural teeth. Whether your dentures are new or you’ve had them a while, you may find that:
  •  Their retention and stability are affected by the structure of your mouth
  •  The level of suction that helps hold them in place (particularly the upper denture) varies with the amount of saliva you produce
  •  You avoid foods like crusty bread, nuts and apples that may displace your denture
  •  The pips and seeds of some fruits can get trapped underneath, causing irritation and pain. 

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are created before you have your natural teeth removed, and are inserted after your natural teeth have been extracted.

In the first 12 months post extraction, your gums will change drastically and your dentures will need to be temporary relined to continue fitting well. 

After 12 months they will need to be permanently relined or may even need replacing due to severe changes in gums.
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