Frequently Asked Questions

- Is a referral required to see a Dental Prosthetist?
No, a referral is not required. You are welcome to come into the clinic without one. 

- What is the longevity of my dentures?
Your gums are always changing and reshaping. Denture maintenance and relines will likely be required over the course of your journey. Dentures usually last from 5-7 years, but our high-quality Australian-made dentures are built to last longer. We will advise you on your denture’s longevity expectancy here at the clinic. 

- Should I replace my dentures regularly? 
Yes it is important to replace your dentures. Aging dentures can cause a range of issue from jaw pain to headaches, earaches, irritated gums, difficulty eating and even digestion problems as digestions starts in the mouth and how you chew your food up. 

- What is the cost?
Each patient is unique, along with their treatment. Therefore, we cannot provide a definite price. Book in a FREE consultation to discuss the steps required to creating your new smile!

- Will my dentures stand out? 
Your dentures are designed to look as natural as possible. We dedicate ourselves to making your smile look beautiful. 

- Will dentures change the way I eat?
Dentures are created to maintain your eating ability; however, they may take some time to get used to. It is recommended that you start out by eating soft foods, just so you can adjust to how they work. Soon, you can start introducing harder foods – and before you know it, it’ll feel like they’re not even there! Come talk to us if you have any further enquiries. 

- Will dentures change the taste of foods?
Dentures won’t change the taste of the food as such, but more so the temperature of the foods. Upper dentures cover your palate which acts as an insulator, making warmer foods and drinks such as tea and coffee not as warm.

- Will dentures change the way I speak?
In your mouth, the slight change can affect your speech. It’s a matter of time and getting used to the changes. Lisps are common with new dentures, however within 2-3 weeks that should have corrected itself depending on your age. 

- What if my dentures breaks? 
We offer Same Day Emergency Repair – no booking required! Come in and see us to get your dentures fixed.

- How do I clean my dentures?
Ensure you use a soft-bristled brush when cleaning your dentures and avoid using toothpaste on your dentures. It is important though to use toothpaste on your natural teeth. Wash them after every meal to avoid plaque and calculus building up. The clinic also provides a professional cleaning service.

- Should I sleep with my dentures in or out?
It is personal preference of the patient whether the dentures stay in or out. As long as the dentures are removed for at least 20 mins a day to give the soft tissue a chance to breath.

- When should I get my dentures checked?
It’s advised to receive annual check-ups on your dentures; however, times can vary for different patients. Be sure to discuss your recommended check-up timeline with your Dental Practitioner. Check-ups are vital in monitoring your dentures, making sure they are in the best condition possible. We only want the best for your new smile!

- What is a denture?
A denture is a removable device that replaces missing teeth in the mouth. There are different kinds of dentures, including full and partial. Book a free consultation to find out which type of denture you require. 

- Will medication affect my dentures?
Certain medications can affect the success of your dentures. A dry mouth can be a side effect of some medications. Saliva is very important in the success of dentures, especially full dentures as they rely on moisture for the suction seal to keep them in place. There are mouth moisturising gels on the market to help with a dry mouth. Here at Loughlin Denture Clinic we recommend Oral 7 mouth moisturising gel.

- What’s an implant retained denture?
Dental implants are titanium screws placed into the jaw bone which the denture then clips onto. Contact our clinic if you wish to discuss this option further.

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