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We know that having a Smile can bring confidence, self-esteem and positivity to oneself and our passion and purpose is making this happen in the lives of our clients.

Dentures are worn to replace your natural teeth. They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to an acrylic base. A complete denture replaces all your natural teeth, while a partial denture is usually held in place by clasps around your remaining teeth.

To get maximum suction, and the best fit and comfort from your denture, your denture needs to fit closely and evenly on your gums and ridges. Weight loss can greatly affect the shape of your gums, as can bone resorption. The reason for a denture reline, is that the base of the denture is no longer a close fit to the gums on which it rests, which can cause rocking, trauma, pain and looseness. We can reline your denture in either hard or soft reline material.

Standard reline – this uses the same hard acrylic material as the denture itself.
Soft reline -this is, as the name suggests a softer lining inside the denture which improves comfort in situations where a conventional hard acrylic can be sore.

Not easily. Dentures made today can look so natural that people can’t tell you’re wearing them. Your new dentures are custom fitted to your mouth and coloured to look as natural as possible. They will take on the character of your original teeth, so your appearance will be unchanged.

It’s normal for new dentures to feel a little strange at first but rest assured that you don’t look any different – there’s no need to be self-conscious. Although you may produce more saliva than normal, this should settle down after a while. You will soon start to smile, talk and eat as confidently with dentures as you would with your natural teeth.

Partial dentures often need more attention that full dentures, as their fit, care and hygiene have an effect on the preservation of the remaining teeth. Because partial dentures can trap food, which in turn can lead to tooth decay, you should remove dentures after eating and thoroughly clean both the denture and your own teeth. An ill-fitting partial denture can severely damage the gums supporting your teeth. A poor fit may also cause bleeding, soreness and swelling. Always ensure that should you have any irritations you make an adjustment appointment with us.

Advance Oral have a completely Mobile Denture Service. We regularly visit patients in Nursing homes, Hospitals, Retirement Villages, and at work or home. We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to get into the clinic and as such we have a dedicated Mobile Prosthetist able to travel anywhere on the Sunshine Coast to see you or your loved ones.

Yes. Your dentures are made from materials that are softer than your natural teeth, so eventually they will need to be replaced. In the meantime, we need to make sure that they continue to fit properly, because your mouth continues to change shape after your teeth have been removed. Gaining or losing weight can also affect the shape of your mouth. If you wear full dentures, visit us at least once a year for a check-up. If you wear partial dentures, visit at least once every six months. Your gums should be checked at least once a year to ensure your overall oral health.

Food may taste a little different at first, while your mouth is adjusting to the feel of the denture. However, your taste buds are mainly located on your tongue – not on your teeth. Food will soon start to taste normal again.

Once you get used to wearing your dentures there is absolutely no reason why you should feel restricted by them. With time and experience, you’ll feel as confident as you did before wearing dentures.

A denture adhesive can help you overcome a range of problems.

Many people suffer difficulty with wearing a full lower denture, this is generally a result of a shallow flat ridge on which the denture rests. No matter how well your dentures have been made, 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 dentures
  • The pips and seeds of some fruits can get trapped underneath, causing irritation and pain.

Relining may improve the fit of your dentures, however sometimes the placement of implants in the lower jaw may be the only solution to an ill-fitting lower denture. Make an appointment with us to discuss your concerns with one of our providers.

Dentures should not be painful, so if they hurt it’s likely that something is not quite right. If you are experiencing any pain, visit us as soon as possible to assess your dentures.

Although we take every care to provide new dentures that are ‘problem free,’ just like new shoes, sometimes there are sore spots. This can be overcome with an adjustment. Most problems are minor – although they may not feel like it! Don’t let your mouth become sore before having an adjustment made.

It’s up to you. If you choose to keep your dentures in overnight, always clean them thoroughly before you go to bed – just as you would your natural teeth. Leaving your dentures out at night gives your mouth and gums an opportunity to recover from the effort of supporting your dentures during the day, and to experience the soothing effects of your saliva flow. Ask us if you’re not sure.

How do I take care of my dentures?

To clean dentures we recommend a very soft toothbrush and dishwashing soap. Do not use toothpaste, as it is too abrasive for your dentures, and can damage them. A tip for cleaning dentures is to partially fill the hand basin with water and place a face washer in the bottom. If dentures are dropped, the water and cloth will absorb most of the impact.

Dentures are gradually worn away by use and by cleaning. The soft supporting mouth tissues are also continually changing shape. Generally, dentures need to be relined every 2-4 years and on average, they need to be replaced every 6 years.

Depending on your level of cover and what you have used for the year, yes. We are recognised by all Health Funds, and are a Medibank Preferred Provider. We offer Hicaps claims on the spot – all you have to pay is the gap. You may be surprised at how little your out-of-pocket expense actually is!

Yes. Our mouthguards are custom fitted for the person for whom it is made to provide extra protection when playing sport. They are made from heavy duty vinyl and are designed to reduce impact and minimise the chance of chipped or broken teeth. Our mouthguards are fully customised to you – you choose the colour, and we can add any logos or personal details that you would like. Remember, the cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a mouth guard!

Advance Oral are an approved Health Fund Provider recognised by all health funds. We offer a free consultation where we provide you with a detailed written quotation with all item codes – making it easy for you to find out exactly what you will get back from your fund. Remember, some health funds only allow you to claim for new dentures every 3 years, so make sure you check with your health fund to ensure you are covered.