FAQ

What is a dental prosthetist?
How much will the dentures cost?
What payment methods do you accept?                                                                                             How can the NSW Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme (OHFFSS) help?
What is HICAPS?
What should I do if I am afraid to visit the denture clinic?
How long will my dentures last?
How often should I get my dentures checked?
How often is a denture reline required?
How do I take care of my dentures?
Why should I regularly replace my dentures?
What should I do if my dentures crack or break?
Can the teeth on my existing dentures be changed?
What if my dentures are loose?
How long will it take me to get used to my new dentures?
Will they affect my speech?
Will dentures make me look different?
Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Why should I wear dentures?
What is a typical treatment procedure for my new dentures?

What is a dental prosthetist?

A dental prosthetist is a highly qualified and skilled member of the dental profession who constructs, fits and provides a complete and professional denture care service. In Australia, a dental prosthetist must first qualify as a dental technician and so is completely qualified in the manufacture of dentures. With further studies, a dental technician may qualify as a dental prosthetist and be able to offer dentures direct to the public. When you place yourself in the care of a dental prosthetist you can be secure in the knowledge that you are being looked after by a health professional with the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials and the latest world trends in the field of dental prosthetics.

At Southside Denture Clinic all dentures are made in our onsite dental laboratory. This ensures we have complete end-to-end quality control, from initial assessment through to the manufacture and fit of your denture. Any questions or concerns regarding the look or feel of your dentures will be answered in your initial consultation and will be continually reviewed in follow on appointments.

How much will the dentures cost?
A full individual assessment and quote will be provided in your initial assessment. Costs vary according to the option chosen and there are many variations according to the individual requirements.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, cheques, Visa card, Mastercard, EFTPOS, Veterans Affairs, Area Health Vouchers. We use HICAPS to offer you on the spot health fund rebates.

You can take your quote to your health fund prior to any treatment so that you know in advance how much they will pay.

How can the NSW Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme (OHFFSS) help?
The NSW Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme (OHFFSS) may offer you a voucher to cover the cost of a new denture or denture repair.  You must qualify under the NSW Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme eligibility directive. Adults are required to be current holders of a Centrelink concession card. Call the OHFFSS assessment line 1300.134.226 for more information. Once you have your voucher, call Southside Denture Clinic 9542.6611 to arrange your appointment. You will need to bring to your appointment your OHFFSS Voucher, Medicare card and Centrelink concession card.

More information regarding the scheme can be found on the NSW Oral Health web  page www.health.nsw.gov.au/oralhealth

What is HICAPS?

HICAPS is an electronic system that allows your claim to be made directly to your health fund. The fund pays your rebate direct to Southside Denture Clinic and you only need to pay the outstanding gap.

What should I do if I am afraid to visit the denture clinic?
Firstly, you are not alone. We have successfully treated many people who are afraid of anything dental. The most invasive part of the denture process would be having an impression taken. Our dental prosthetist is extremely kind and gentle. He will explain all the details and manage the process slowly and compassionately. Please mention any concerns that you have at your initial consultation.

How long will my dentures last?
The average life of a denture is five to seven years plus but this varies depending on the material used and the changing anatomy of the individual. The tissue and underlying bone in the mouth are continually changing. Over time your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined or replaced to maintain a good fit. A regular check of your denture by our dental prosthetist is the best way to ensure that your denture fit and wear is maintained.

How often should I get my dentures checked?
If you have no problems then an annual check is recommended. Sore gums, loose fitting dentures and/or excessive denture movement when eating are signs that a denture check is required.

 

How often is a denture reline required?
Your mouth may change for many reasons including age, illness, weight loss and bone loss. This may mean that a once comfortable denture will no longer fit correctly. If your existing denture no longer fits the gum it will be less retentive and may drop or dislodge easily. The teeth on the denture may also wear. It is for these reasons that a reline is recommended every two to five years.

How do I take care of my dentures?
Four steps to remember when caring for your denture:

  1. Brush… after eating. Brush your denture all over using a toothbrush or denture brush with a non- abrasive cleaner. Do not use standard toothpaste.
  2. Soak… at least once weekly. Approved denture cleaners are available from the chemist, your dentist or dental prosthetist.
  3. Rinse… Always thoroughly rinse off all cleaning agents with water prior to placing the denture in your mouth.
  4. Do not use sharp tools to scrape dentures… If your dentures require an extensive clean bring them into Southside Denture Clinic for a professional ultrasonic clean.

Why should I regularly replace my dentures?
Worn out and ill-fitting dentures can cause permanent damage, compromising the health of the denture wearer. Some possible effects are headaches, neck and joint pain, difficulty chewing, poor digestion, a sunken face, over-closing of the jaw, irritated and soft gums, and premature bone loss.

What should I do if my dentures crack or break?
If you have cracks or breaks call Southside Denture Clinic on 9542 6611. Our onsite dental laboratory offers a quick and efficient denture repair service. Be sure to keep any teeth or clasps that may have fallen off. They may be able to be reused and may help reduce the cost of the repair.

Can the teeth on my existing dentures be changed?
If the base of your denture fits well but for some reason the teeth need changing then yes this is possible. It may be that the teeth are worn, the wrong colour or shape. You may want the teeth repositioned to change the aesthetics of your face. Our dental prosthetist can assess your current dentures and advise you on your options.

What if my dentures are loose?
Your mouth may change for many reasons including age, illness, weight loss and bone loss. This may mean that a once comfortable denture no longer fits correctly. If your existing denture no longer fits the gum it will be less retentive and may drop or dislodge easily.

An existing denture can usually be relined or rebased on the same day. Our dental prosthetist will advise you on the best option. We will ask you to visit the clinic early in the morning and then issue your relined dentures to you later in the day. Please call Southside Denture Clinic on 9542 6611 to arrange a time for your denture reline.

How long will it take me to get used to my new dentures?
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The muscles of your cheeks and tongue need time to learn to keep your dentures in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish.

Will they affect my speech?
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. Any changes to your speech that do not disappear will alert you to call for an adjustment.

Will dentures make me look different?
Expectations of what you wish to achieve with your denture vary with each person. Some wish for no change in their appearance and so natural variations can be built into the denture. These variations include gum tinting, twisting of denture teeth and tooth colour variations. Others want a change to their face and so the denture can be designed with this in mind. Many now want uniform white teeth or denture ‘face-lifting’. Your initial consultation will include a discussion of your expectations. Rest assured that our dental prosthetist has the technical expertise to advise and construct according to your requirements. All our dentures are manufactured onsite ensuring total quality control and easy adjustments.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Eating with dentures for the first time will require patience but with time you will be able to bite and chew more naturally. Some helpful tips include: starting with soft foods, taking small bites, and chewing on both sides of the mouth simultaneously.

Why should I wear dentures?
Partial dentures help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting into the space left by your natural teeth. Dentures also improve your overall appearance, through proper lip and cheek support, as well as restoring proper function.

What is a typical treatment procedure for my new dentures?
The time frame will vary from case to case depending on the complexity. Generally, approximately 5-6 appointments are required to complete the new denture(s).

  1. Initial consult. You will complete a personal information form including your health and medications. The dental prosthetist will conduct a full assessment and discuss your concerns and expectations, and your options. Based on this a written quote is provided.
  2. A first impression is taken. This may be combined with your initial consultation if you wish to proceed immediately and time allows.
  3. A second impression is taken.
  4. A first try-in of your denture.
  5. Possibly a second try-in of your denture after adjustments have been made. Southside Denture Clinic aims to provide you with the highest quality denture. With this in mind we may continue to make adjustments until we are satisfied that the optimal fit and aesthetics have been achieved.
  6. Your denture will be issued.
  7. We offer impeccable after service care. You can continue to visit us if any adjustments are required. This service is no additional cost.