Dentures

Do you want to restore your smile and your ability to eat and speak normally, but you’re missing many teeth? Then denture is a solution for you.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a set of false teeth that enable individuals to eat naturally and smile with confidence. They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic base. You can have either a complete set of dentures or a partial set – depending on how many teeth you are missing and how many needs to be replaced.

Is it better to extract all my teeth and make a denture?

It is not advisable to extract all your teeth to make a denture. Saving even a few natural teeth is often better than losing them all. Natural teeth can help you retain bone in your jaw.
 
They can also act as stable support so your denture is unlikely to shift in your mouth. Besides, your natural teeth can help bear some of the chewing pressure which reduces pressure on other areas of the jaw.
You feel a better sense of where your jaw is in space and the pressure you are placing on the denture if you have not lost all of your teeth. It will be easier to wear your dentures if you have kept some teeth.

Denture Process

Initial Consultation

The dentist will first examine you and determine if dentures are suitable. Other options to replace missing teeth include bridge and implants.

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First Visit 

Measurements and impressions of your mouth are taken. This is then sent to a dental technician in a laboratory for construction. Laboratory work is involved at every step of the denture process.

 

Second Visit

A second impression may be required on the second visit as well. You and the dentist can decide the colour of your denture teeth. The dentist will check how you bite using a wax build-up in the areas of your missing teeth. At another visit, the denture teeth set on the wax build-up will be tried again. If satisfactory, the denture will be manufactured and fitted in the final visit.

Benefits & Side Effects

Benefits

Make up for lost teeth. Dentures can help replace lost teeth. Restore the capacity to speak. Increase Your Confidence. Personalized and comfortable fit… little upkeep… Boost the general health of your mouth.

Some of the problems you may experience

When you chew or bite down, your replacement teeth stumble.
It hurts to chew due to blisters and sores in the mouth.
Your dentures are catching food.
excessive salivation.

Aftercare

Will new dentures be comfortable?

New or modified dentures may feel strange at first and can affect your speech and eating. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time, to stop the dentures from moving. Reading out loud and repeating words will help. The more you wear them, the better they will feel as the mouth needs time to adapt to the new shape. Keep on trying!

A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture due to your tongue and cheeks. You can contact your dentist if you have any other questions or trouble with your new dentures.

What precautions do we need to take with denture use?

Dentures are fragile. Refrain from using harsh abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the surface. Never sterilize your dentures in boiling water. Keep them safely if you remove them as they may break if dropped.

How to Take Care of Dentures

  • Dentures need to be removed and brushed daily with your toothbrush and denture cleanser.
  • Remove your dentures at night to allow the gum tissue to rest.
  • Soak your dentures with denture cleansing tablet and water overnight every day.
  • Have your dental check every 6 months so the dentist can examine your oral cavity for signs of disease or oral cancer.

What to do if dentures are loose

Dentures usually need to be altered from time to time. That’s because the gums and bone supporting the dentures change over time. Thus your dentures may not fit well and become loose.

  • The dentures may need to be redone.
  • Denture adhesive paste helps denture wearers to use dentures more easily. Some people find it difficult to get used to a denture, even when it fits well. They are concerned that it may slip or fall out. Using a denture adhesive can ease some of these worries.
  • Implants may be placed to hold the dentures better. The implants are anchored in bone with only tiny stubs above the gum. These fixtures anchor to the denture to stabilize it & prevent it from moving around.

Dentures – Frequently Asked Questions

Dentures are fragile. Refrain from using harsh abrasive cleansers as they may scratch the surface. Never sterilize your dentures in boiling water.

New or modified dentures may feel strange at first, and can affect your speech and eating. The more you wear them, the better they will feel as the mouth needs time to adapt to the new shape. So keep on trying.

A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture. You can contact your dentist if you have any other questions or trouble with your new dentures.

  • Dentures need to be removed, and brushed daily with your toothbrush and denture cleanser.
  • Remove your dentures at night to allow the gum tissue to rest.
  • Soak your dentures with denture cleansing tablet and water overnight everyday.
  • Have your dental check every 6 months so the dentist can examine your oral cavity for signs of disease or oral cancer.

Dentures usually need to be altered from time to time. That’s because the gums and bone supporting the dentures change over time. Thus, your dentures may not fit well and become loose.

  • The dentures may need to be redone.
  • Denture adhesive paste helps denture wearers to use dentures more easily. Some people find it difficult to get used to a denture, even when it fits well. They are concerned that it may slip or fall out. Using a denture adhesive can ease some of these worries.
  • Implants may be placed to hold the dentures better. The implants are anchored in bone with only tiny stubs above the gum. These fixtures anchor to the denture to stabilize it & prevent it from moving around.

About 8 weeks after you have lost your teeth, either naturally or by extraction, the wounds would have healed. Then your dentist can begin the process of making your denture.

Insurance & Subsidies

AIA dental Insurance

AIA

DentalPlus Clinic is an AIA accredited clinic. Patients with AIA Dental coverage can enjoy treatment under AIA coverage.

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Medisave dental claim

Medisave

We are CPF Medisave accredited for dental surgery. Approved procedures include wisdom teeth surgery, dental implants and biopsy.

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CHAS

We also provide subsidized co-payment inclusive to outpatient dental services under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS). 

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Baby Bonus Scheme CDA

We are a Baby Bonus approved institution. Funds from CDA accounts can be used for dental treatment of the child and their siblings.

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Jennet Haling
Jennet Haling
23/03/2024
The dentists in the clinic are the best. They make you at ease and deliver quality service. I’ve been a patient/ client in this clinic since 2016. Even I moved house far from the clinic, I still do book my all my dental appointments here.
Benson Lee
Benson Lee
22/03/2024
The dentist provide great advise and pre notified me of which tooth or teeth is decaying or required attention. Receptionist is fast and pre book next appointment fast.
Elyn Teoh
Elyn Teoh
08/03/2024
Overall have a good experience and treatment with Dentalplus. Friendly peoples :)
Rosita Edwards
Rosita Edwards
29/02/2024
I am very happy with my dental experience at Dental Plus Clinic at Telok Blangah. Dr Therese was very professional and always smiling so gave me confidence as I really am paranoid just listening to the machine. She will ask me how I feel and to show my hand if I am uncomfortable. Dr Therese will also tell me what she is going to do beforehand. I am pleased that I have indeed found a dental clinic to take care of me. I am also please that their front desk representative is very kind and gentle too.
David Sam
David Sam
26/02/2024
The dentist has been very attentive, informing every step she will take. She also prompted me to hand up if feel discomfort. Throughout scaling, she was gentle in treatment. Highly recommended as a dental servicing place.
Ong Junxiang
Ong Junxiang
22/02/2024
Dentist (Dr. Mabel) and assistant were professional, friendly and meticulous in their work. Receptionist was polite and prompt. Timely reminders were also given well before the actual appointment date. Rescheduling process was also smooth and convenient. 5/5 👍
Abdul Jalil
Abdul Jalil
20/02/2024
To put it simple and straight forward, DentalPlus, a dental clinic you will feel safe to go to. From welcoming to experience to professionalism, service. Calm and smiling reception, very welcoming. Greeting and readily listening Dental Practitioner. Understands and confirms issue, explains in a easy to understand term, asks before proceeding to next procedure. It takes away the patient's anxiety of the dental treatment. Very assuring, taking time to treat you in best way possible. Made me feel at ease. No time or money wasted here and very pleased with the care and treatment received. The premise is immaculate. Will highly recommend DentalPlus to anyone at the next opportunity.
Sarah Bupe
Sarah Bupe
18/02/2024
Went to the clinic last week. I was attended by Dr Mabel. Found the whole experience rather pleasant even though i was in pain with a toothache. Dr Mabel was very clear with her explanations and gentle with her procedures. For once, my phobia for dentists diminished . Would definitely be going back to Dentalplus for my regular check ups.

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