Dentures in Melbourne
Dentures are one of the best ways to obtain a beautiful smile at a very low cost. They can be used to treat comprehensive dental concerns, such as replacing single or multiple missing teeth in the mouth.
They are often an interim temporary solution, but can also be a long term replacement for missing teeth if you don’t mind their bulkiness, or if finance is a concern.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are specially designed, removable dental prostheses that have been around for many decades as a replacement option for missing teeth. They are made from acrylic or silicone which is fitted to the shape of the patients’ gums and jaw and acts as a gum-coloured structural base for the artificial teeth which are embedded into it.
These false teeth can sit on your gums without any support, they can have clips that secure over your own remaining teeth, or they can clip onto dental implants for extra anchorage.
Dentures are usually uncomfortable to wear because they are big and bulky, and a lot of people struggle to eat properly while wearing them. For this reason, we recommend dentures as a temporary treatment and suggest patient’s consider dental implants of All on 4 Plus for a more comfortable, permanent solution to replace missing teeth.
Types of Dentures
Used for a short to medium term solution to replace missing teeth. They can made from either acrylic, which is much cheaper but bulkier, or cobalt chrome dentures, which is lighter, and more comfortable to wear, but more expensive.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Also known as a dental bridge, these provide a permanent solution to the replacement of one or more missing teeth. They consist of a ‘unit’ (usually of 3 teeth) where the two corner dental crowns take support from the adjacent teeth to replace the missing tooth space, which is substituted with an artificial tooth known as a ‘pontic.’
Implant Supported Bridge
These are the most comfortable and long lasting dentures, often used as an alternative to a fixed implant solution such as All on 4 Plus or an implant bridge. They allow you to eat an apple or a steak and function normally, without having to worry about your dentures falling out when you sneeze or talk.
Risks Involved with Dentures
If you haven’t worn dentures before, you need to allow your mouth to adapt. This may take a little time, but your persistence will pay off.
Over time the gum and bone supporting the dentures changes. The dentures may need ‘relining’ after time to ensure they remain stable and comfortable.
The gum tissue is at risk of a fungal infection if the dentures are not removed every day and cleaned and left out of the mouth overnight.
To ensure the health of the mouth and proper function is maintained dentures should be remade every 7 years.
Cost of Dentures
Our fees start from $20 per week
The average cost of dentures in Melbourne may vary depending on the type of denture and the materials used; but you may use the below costs as a guide:
- Removable partial denture – $900 – $2800 per set
- Removable complete denture – $2000- $2500 per set
- Implant Supported Denture $7000-$11,000
How to Clean your Dentures
Dentures should be left out at night to allow the gum tissues to rest. After eating, the dentures can be cleaned using a denture brush and denture cleaner.
While the dentures are out, rinse your mouth with a mouth-rinse. If you have partial dentures, the remaining teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed once a day. Regular six monthly check-ups should also be maintained.
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Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.