Dental prosthetists are the denture professional.
A Dental Prosthetist (DP) is a qualified and skilled member of the dental profession. They are the denture professionals and as such are the only registered health providers specifically trained to construct, fit and maintain dentures and all other professional denture care services.
All DP’s are required to be qualified as dental technicians before becoming eligible to be trained as dental prosthetists so they all have the ability to actually construct your denture.
Unlike when you visit a dentist, the doctor simply takes the impressions and sends it to someone sitting in a laboratory that has no idea of your hopes and wishes for your new dentures. DP’s do they whole case from start to finish.
All the work is done entirely at our premises, so each patient knows exactly where their dentures are designed and produced.
When you put yourself in the care of a dental prosthetist you can rest easy that you are being looked after by a health provider with the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials and the latest trends in the field of denture prosthetics.
Replacing your natural teeth is more than trusting someone with your smile. Your appearance, your looks, your whole image is at stake. Make sure you entrust this delicate task to a specially trained professional.
Your dental prosthetist is an expert in design, construction, insertion and adjustment of removable dentures as well as overdentures on implants and custom sports mouthguards.
Their expertise, attention to detail and professionalism make them the best possible choice to help you derive the maximum benefit from dental prosthetics technology.
Your DP listens to your needs. They personally handle every step in the construction of your denture: from the first impression to the last adjustment. There is no middleman in the fabrication of your new denture. The DP has an on site laboratory to produce your personalized dentures.
Your DP is the ideal person to instruct you in the daily maintenance of your denture. He can also tell you how often your denture should be adjusted in order to ensure the comfort, effectiveness and aesthetic appearance that you expect. After all, DP’s just make dentures and related removable appliances.
There are many different treatment options available for denture wearers. A consultation is required so Tony can discuss with you the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
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Dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over a period of time and normal shrinkage of your gums and bones.
Call your DP immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your DP right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. They require professional repair and adjustment.
Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures.
Your dentures will not last indefinitely. The denture teeth and base will wear and stain over time. The tissues of the mouth are undergoing continual change so that the dentures will have to be adjusted, rebased or remade from time to time. This time will vary and depend upon such factors as individual tolerances, habits and the length of time you have had dentures. The average life of a denture is about five to seven years.
Your DP is sensitive to your wellbeing and to the general condition of your dentures. Your DP also has the experience and expertise to advise you on your best treatment plan and how to proceed.
Your dentures and tissues should be checked annually. Damage to the oral tissues can take place without your being aware of it. Early detection and elimination of tissue inflammation is important to minimize shrinkage of the supporting bone and tissue. By keeping the tissue healthy your dentures will continue to fit correctly.
Your DP will also check for looseness of the denture due to tissue changes, stains and calculus deposits on the denture, your bite position (how evenly your teeth close together). It’s not the dentures which change over time, it’s your mouth which is continually changing so by having your DP check on your oral condition, you are able to enjoy all the benefits of a well fitting quality denture.
When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.
The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.
In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth.
Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps.
Your partial denture may feel awkward or bulky for the first few weeks, but your mouth will eventually get used to it.
Initially, you may want to wear your partial denture all the time. Your DP will give you specific instructions on how long it should be worn and when it should be removed. Generally, your mouth tissues need to rest so it is advisable that you take out your partial denture at least 15 minutes per day.
Your partial denture may help your speech. It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. However, it also will take time to get used to it.