A Dental Prosthetist is a highly trained dental practitioner who is solely concentrated on denture construction and manufacture direct to the public.
A Dental Prosthetist has completed extensive training to become firstly a Dental Technician, and then to finally become a Dental Prosthetist who is registered with the Dental Board Of Australia.
Dental Prosthetists are professionals who you can trust. There is a good reason why so many denture wearers recommend their Dental Clinic – they appreciate the personal and expert attention that a Dental Prosthetist provides.
At Seaside Smiles you can be secure in the knowledge that you are being looked after by a health professional who has the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials and the latest world wide trends in the fields of dental prosthetics.
Dental Prosthetists specialise solely in denture construction and manufacture, and therefore have more extensive knowledge and training in this field.
At Seaside Smiles, all laboratory work remains in-house and is carried out by either Natalie, our Dental Prosthetist, or another highly trained Dental Technician. This ensures that each individual’s case is handled by the person who will actually deliver the finished product, thus providing the best possible results with the minimum errors. Furthermore, we use only the highest quality T.G.A. approved materials to ensure that all products will last for the maximum possible time.
A full set of dentures will require a series of appointments – usually five to six.
This ensures that we achieve the best possible result and maintain our highest quality standards.
A properly fitting denture will remain functional for around five to eight years.
When natural teeth are removed, the jaw bones shrink rapidly at first, then more slowly for the remainder of the patient’s life. As this happens, it changes the fit of the denture.
Denture teeth and acrylic material also wear down over time which may lead to problems with chewing food. Some indications that your denture may need replacement are:
- Sore spots
- Flattened or worn teeth
- Over-closing of the jaw
- Speech difficulties
It is normal for new dentures to feel a little uncomfortable or strange at first. However over time you will adjust to your new smile.
In the early stages you may have some difficulty with speech or eating as well as a feeling of fullness in the mouth. Time, patients and co-operation in following instructions will help the facial muscles and lips relax and adapt to your new dentures.
Some patients may experience sore spots in the first few weeks, and if this occurs we urge you to call us for an appointment to have this attended to.
We recommend removing your dentures at night to give the tissues of your mouth a chance to rest.
We also highly recommend cleaning your dentures at night with a toothbrush and a mild soap or denture cleaning solution, then storing the dentures in a dry container. This minimises the chance of any bacterial build up.
There are several reasons why partial dentures are recommended, even for only a few missing teeth:
- Appearance and aesthetics
- Any gaps mean that the remaining natural teeth can drift, effecting your bite and causing tissue damage
A removable partial denture fills the space created by your missing teeth and will fill out your smile.