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What is a Dental Prosthetist?

A Dental Prosthetist (DP) is a qualified and skilled member of the dental profession.  They are the only registered health providers specifically trained to construct, fit and maintain dentures and other professional denture care services.  All DP's must be registered and qualified in the first instance as a Dental Technician before becoming eligible to gain the qualification as a Registered Dental Prosthetist.   By direct consultation with the patient, DP's have the skill and ability to actually design, construct and fit your denture.

What is a denture?

A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace lost tooth and gum structures to enable you to chew and speak correctly and give back your natural aesthetics.  Dentures are usually expected to last between 5 to 10 years and just as with natural teeth, must be regularly serviced and maintained in order to achieve that lifespan.

Do I need a referral?

No referral is required from a Dentist or Doctor.  Staff at Bulimba Denture Clinic can take care of all your denture care needs as well as Custom fitting mouthguards.

What will a new denture feel like

They may feel awkward or even uncomfortable for 2 or 3 weeks until you become accustomed to them.  It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness during this period however these problems should subside.   Eating and speaking will also improve during this time.   Be sure to contact us if problems persist.

How do I take care of my dentures

The general rule is brush, soak, and brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures with a special denture brush before soaking to help remove any food debris. The use of an effervescent denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher - always follow the manufacturer's instructions - then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.

What about caring for my mouth?

Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. It is vitally important that partial denture wearers brush their teeth thoroughly every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to further teeth being lost. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.

I only have a few teeth missing.  Is it really worth having a partial denture?

Yes.  If you have teeth missing, your other teeth will move to take up some of the space, and you could end up with rotated teeth - this could even affect your bite or result in your teeth becoming damaged.

What is a reline?

As the name implies, a reline is a re-contouring of the fitting surface of the denture to replace lost tissue on the ridge which occurs naturally over time.  A reline is a 'same-day service.

How long does it take to repair a denture

Two to three hours is standard in most cases.

What is an immediate denture?

An immediate denture is a denture made before the extraction of natural teeth.   While working in conjunction with your dentist, a Dental Prosthetist will construct an immediate denture (either full or partial) to be inserted straight into your mouth after your natural teeth are extracted.    Between 3 to 4 weeks after the extractions, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner is placed in the denture as the bone and tissue around the extracted tooth site resorb and heal.  Immediate dentures generally service as interim dentures.  The denture will require monitoring and adjustment, however once the denture becomes too loose and ill-fitting to wear, you should expect to replace an immediate denture with a new one.