FAQ

Clinical Dental Technicians are specifically trained in removable prosthetics (dentures) and produce high-quality dentures direct to the public.

You are dealing directly with the person who makes your prosthetics and this makes it easier to convey your requirements.

Clinical dental technicians produce a range of prosthetics directly to the patient, and may include, full dentures, partial dentures, implant supported prostheses, sleep medicine devices and maxillo-facial prostheses.

Patients are able to go directly to the registered clinical dental technician for this treatment.  However they cannot work on patients’ natural teeth:

  1. They do not do fillings
  2. They do not do extractions
  3. They require an oral health certificate from a dentist when making partial dentures.  We tell patients the certificate is like a warrant of fitness which lets us know their teeth are fit for wearing a partial denture

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while partial dentures fill the spaces made by missing teeth, restoring function and preventing other teeth from changing position. Learn and explore the range of denture options we provide our patients.

Have you lost most or all of your teeth?

Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth.

Still have some natural teeth?

A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining.

Denture improves chewing ability and speech

Denture can also provide support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance your facial appearance and smile.

The average life expectancy of a denture is 7-10 years.

Although the denture is likely to last considerably longer than this, the shape of your mouth will have changed and an older denture can harbor bacteria that may cause oral health problems.

Your denture is in use for most of the 24 hours of every day, and needs regular servicing if it is to function at its best.

Throughout life the jawbones change in shape. They tend to shrink, which results in an alteration of the “bite”.

This causes a loss of chewing efficiency, a loss of appearance, loosening of the denture, and general discomfort of the mouth.

These changes can be rectified, but if left too long rehabilitation becomes very difficult.

The rate of change depends on age, health and many other factors. Therefore, it varies from person to person.

Find out more about denture relines.

If you’re getting dentures for the first time, you might feel nervous or anxious about the whole process.

But we’re here to assure you that it’s often simpler and easier than you think.

Whatever dentures you need, we’ll do everything we can to make your experience a pleasant one.

To help make your experience better, here’s a guide of what to expect when you have dentures made with our team:

 

1. Initial Consultation and Primary impression taking

Your first visit will primarily be a consultation visit, where you and our prosthetist will discuss your needs and preferences for your dentures.

Depending on your situation, our clinician may then examine your gums, teeth and bone structure to determine your best denture options.

Phil may also take primary impressions of your mouth at this stage(if time permits) to form a guide for designing and constructing your dentures.

2. Secondary impressions, More Measurements and Evaluation

We will take secondary impressions of your teeth and mouth to create your dentures accurately.

This step may also include assessments of your jaw and facial structure.

After getting detailed impressions of your mouth and further evaluation by Phil, we will proceed and create your customised dentures.

3. Trying on Your New Denture

Once your dentures have been made, we’ll let you know so that you can test it personally.

This stage involves trying on your denture and finalizing its design and structure.

You’ll get to see the colour, shape, size and arrangement and give your final approval if you’re satisfied.

We recommend having a trusted friend or family with you while you try it so that you can get a second opinion.

Keep in mind that once your denture has been constructed and finished on its acrylic base, you won’t be able to adjust the tooth position afterwards.

You need to make sure it feels right and that you’re happy with its features before giving your final approval.

After you’ve given your approval for your new dentures, we’ll proceed for its full construction.

4. Delivery, Fit and Review

Once your new dentures are made, it’s time to try them on and do a final fitting.

Phil will review the fit and comfort of your new dentures and get your feedback on how it feels.

Keep in mind that it may take a while for you to get used to your new dentures, so it won’t always feel comfortable right away.

At this stage, we can make minor fixes (where possible) on your dentures to adjust their fit.

5. Follow-up Appointment

This last stage is an ongoing process where we continue to check and evaluate your new dentures after you’ve settled with it.

In this follow-up appointment, Phil will conduct an oral exam to make sure that everything is in order with your dentures, especially with regards to its fit, comfort and function.

Phil can also make any adjustments necessary to improve them.

You can also get your dentures professionally cleaned and polished during these sessions.

We recommend yearly recall appointments after getting your new dentures.

We offer a wide selection of dentures with all budgets and requirements in mind to our patients. Check out the service fee guide here.

Partial dentures are used to replace one or several missing teeth. If you have your natural teeth, than a partial denture maybe the answer for you.

Your denture is not something you use occasionally.

You expect it to serve you 24 hours a day, every day, for many years and is an investment.

With this in mind, we recommend that our patients purchase the best denture they can comfortably afford, in order to get the most from their investment.

In order to understand what is available to you, we offer a FREE Initial Consultation. 

At this time you will be able to discuss with Phil what you want from your dentures, and he will help you to explore the options available.

We do our very best to ensure that the needs of our patients are met, from style through to price.

Because everyone wants different things from their dentures, the consultation process is very important to get the most out of your experience with us.

Eating with dentures for the first time will require practice and patience but with time you will be able to bite and chew more naturally.

In the beginning, avoid hard foods in favour of a diet of soft foods.

Try taking smaller bites and chewing gently to prevent dentures from becoming loose.

Gradually introduce more solid foods to your diet and with time you will be able to enjoy most foods.

While you may be advised to wear your denture almost constantly during the first two weeks, even while you sleep, under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night.

Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.

When you first arrive and meet our staff, you’ll fill out your new patient paperwork. This helps our team get to know you better. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete your paperwork. Or, you can get a head start by filling out your patient forms now. Download New Patient Forms.

New patients often ask if they can have their teeth cleaned during their first visit. Your dental treatments usually begin with a follow-up visit, often scheduled as soon as the next day. We need to see you first for a comprehensive exam and then schedule adequate time with your hygienist.

Special attention must be paid to cleanliness in order to remove food debris, bacteria and various stains that arise from some foods and smoking.

If you are not careful about this, the gums may become inflamed and bad breath may develop. If possible, clean after each meal and especially before retiring each night.

A daily routine of brushing and soaking is a highly effective way to look after dentures.

This combination of methods, using non-abrasive products, will ensure dentures stay clean, fresh and in top condition.

Dentures should be removed before cleaning.

Firstly, every part of the denture should be brushed with denture toothbrush to remove loose food particles.

Hold the denture over a basin containing water.

It is a good idea to put a face cloth in the basin, too, so that if the denture does slip it won’t break.

You may use soap and water, but if you prefer to use a paste, a specially designed denture toothpaste should be used as conventional toothpastes can be too abrasive.

Regular soaking with a product like Polident or Steradent after brushing will remove light staining and help to keep your denture hygienically clean.

Don’t immerse the denture in very hot water, as this may warp it.

These products are available in 15 minute or overnight formulations, but soaking must be carried out regularly if stain removal is to be effective.

The 15 minute product is suitable for removing light stains, whilst heavier stains will require overnight soaking to be effective.

Always ensure you rinse the denture in water while brushing lightly to remove any traces of the soaking product.

If your denture has metal components, ensure you are using a denture cleanser that is suitable for this purpose.

If you are not sure, come and see us.

You may notice some differences in your speech at first but with time your tongue, lips and cheeks will become accustomed to the contours of your dentures.

Singing and reading out loud will allow your tongue to find the correct position for enunciating your speech.

Call us immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day.

NEVER attempt to repair dentures yourself.

  • You need to have an ease to adjust sore spots.  Often as your new dentures settle into place, little bony projections under the tissue will create pressure points.  This problem requires a small amount of the denture material to be removed.
  • In some cases, patients with a very sharp bone or excessive boney undercuts will require further surgery.  A flap is opened and bone removed with a burr.  The tissue then needs to heal, we often fit a temporary lining and then have them relined later.
  • Soft lining in a denture is very rarely used, but if it has then it is difficult to adjust and keep clean and will need replacing every 18 months.

When dentures are manufactured, the bite is carefully recorded so that when the patient bites together the teeth all meet evenly.  The accuracy of this is totally dependent on you being able to accurately reproduce the bite at the bite stage.

Sometimes patients we’ve seen with very poor fitting dentures and with excessive wear, learn to position their jaw in an acquired bite or thrust their jaw forward to try to make contact with their front teeth because the posterior teeth are so worn.

This complicates your treatment and in some cases requires more sophisticated bite taking methods to be used, either Face bow or Gnathnometer.

Small bite corrections can be made with a Mill-in or indeed as the denture settles in and repositions itself, a denture reline can improve the bite in some cases.

It is important when you are relaxed and at rest there should be a gap of 3-4 mm between the teeth, although older patients will often require more of a gap.

If this space is not present then you are in a state of being propped open.  This continuously puts pressure on your gums and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), making them feel really uncomfortable and like you have a mouthful of too much teeth.

Or the opposite is if you have too much space and the chin almost touches the nose causing the jaw to dislocate when you try to bring your teeth together.

Both these conditions can create trauma to the tissues and TMJ and require corrections.

Careful analysis of the position of the posterior teeth is required – are they over the ridge, especially in the upper.  One of the most common mistakes often made in denture manufacture is trying to take the teeth too far off the ridge in the back of the upper.

Change the type of denture to a cast chrome cobalt or Titanium metal denture.  Dentures with these components are often necessary when Implants are fitted in dentures.

Some patients have extremely heavy bites which require a more robust denture being made:

    • 1st stage High Impact Acrylic
    • 2nd stage Stainless steel reinforcing in palate
    • 3rd stage Cast chrome cobalt reinforced frame work custom made for patient

All require more expensive components and can be re-fitted at the reline stage.

We accept a range of payment options such as Cash and Internet Banking.

We can also assist with funding options like Insurance, Maori Trust Grants, WINZ, and RSA.

We do whatever it takes to bring you peace of mind