FAQs

What is a Dental Prosthetist?

A Dental Prosthetist is a qualified Dental Technician who has had further education to become qualified as a Prosthetist. This means that they can treat patients directly. Dental Prosthetists are the only registered health providers trained specifically to make and fit dentures. Dealing directly with a Dental Prosthetist enables you, as the patient, to have significant input into the design, colour and fit of your denture.

Do I need a Doctor's or Dentist's referral?

No referral is needed from a Doctor or Dentist, patients can go straight to a Dental Prosthetist.

Why see a Dental Prosthetist and not a Dentist for a denture?

Normally if you see a dentist for a new denture, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send the impression to a dental prosthetist off-site. The Dental Prosthetist will then construct your denture and return it to the dentist, who then fits it for you. There are many problems with this process:

Dentists don’t make your denture meaning the Dental Prothetist has no idea what you look like or what look you are trying to achieve. The denture is being made with very little information about you!

Dentures are highly customised appliances and there are many variables to take into account with making a denture – your facial features, teeth selection including colour and size, gum colour, and smile lines – just to name a few. Communication between the Dental Prosthetist and the customer is important at all stages of the denture being make. Communication results in a perfect fit and perfect look for you as an individual, rather that the ‘one size fits all’ mentality.

What is a Denture?

A denture is a removable appliance that is constructed to replace missing teeth. They can replace some or all missing teeth.

What is a reline?

A denture reline is a procedure where the gum fitting surface of the denture is replaced with a new “lining.” The whole procedure takes 3 hours to complete, and you can take your denture home that same day.

What is the difference between chrome and acrylic?

Acrylic Partial Denture
This removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth set in pink or gum coloured acrylic resin. One or more wire clasps are placed around the natural teeth to assist in retention of the partial denture.

Chrome Partial Denture
It is the best and most durable partial denture, made of a metal framework which clasps and rests on the natural teeth. The denture is also supported by your gums, without placing undue pressure on them. The teeth are shaped to receive the occlusal rests. Modern cast metal dentures are typically made of strong alloys such as cobalt-chrome, which are thin, like plastic, but do not break as easily.

Will my dentures affect my eating?

If it is the first time you are wearing dentures, eating with them will take time and patience. We always suggest to start with softer foods, not to go home and try to eat a big steak. Gradually more solid foods can be introduced and with time you will be able to enjoy most foods.

Will dentures affect the way I speak?

You may notice you sound a little different at first. Your tongue, lips and cheeks will get used to your new dentures. Normally it is only a few days till you get accustomed to your new dentures.

What is the best way to clean my dentures?

Always clean your dentures over a sink full of water or over a towel on a bench. We recommend using a gel toothpaste, or a denture toothpaste and a denture specific toothbrush. You may soak them in a specialised commercial cleaning product, which can be found at Westside Dentistry. Natural teeth need to be professionally cleaned every 6 months, and it is no different with dentures. Westside Dentistry can professionally clean your dentures using an ultra-sonic cleaner which will restore them to their original “like new” state.

Should I remove my dentures at night?

This is completely up to each patient. Some patients like to remove them at night to give their gums a rest, but other patients choose not to for aesthetic reasons. It really is up to every individual.

Do my medications affect the fit of my dentures?

Yes, there are some medications that reduce the amount of saliva produced in the mouth, therefore affecting the fit and comfort of your dentures. There are products available that aid in saliva production.

How long will my dentures last?

Dentures have a lifespan between 8 and 10 years. The reason for this is that your gums change with time, the teeth wear down and the plastic can become brittle. Having your dentures relined every 2 years can extend the life of your denture.

How much does a mouthguard cost?

If you are a member of a Private Health Fund with Dental cover, we provide a NO GAP service for mouthguards.
If you are not covered by a Private Health Fund, we offer reasonable prices for a custom made mouthguard.

Can you make a mouthguard for teeth with braces?

Yes, we are able to custom make a mouthguard to accommodate orthodontic braces.

How long does it take to make a mouthguard?

The impression taking process is a 10 minute appointment, and our turn-around to make the custom made mouthguard is usually a few days. The mouthguard is then moulded to the impression to make a perfect fit. The mouthguard will be ready for collection after a couple of days turnaround.

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