complete denturesFull Dentures

Full dentures, personalised to suit your preferred aesthetics, are our ultimate goal. Whether you desire perfectly aligned, bright white teeth to replicate a veneered look, or something a little more special, we guarantee your satisfaction. After all, a smile is one of the first and most important impressions you make.

What is a full denture?

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, dental plates or false teeth, are custom-made, removable, prosthetic devices to replace natural teeth. They can replace all the teeth in your upper jaw, your lower jaw, or both. A full upper denture completely covers the roof of the mouth. The full lower denture’s U-shape allows room for the mouth and tongue. Full dentures differ from partial dentures by replacing all-natural teeth, whereas partial dentures replace only some missing teeth. Now with the latest technology, full dentures are not only natural-looking but sometimes even more aesthetically pleasing than the teeth they replace.

What types of full dentures are there?

Northern Rivers Denture clinic offers a wide range of denture options. See the table below for our range.

The Standard Full DentureThe Custom Full DentureThe Premium Full Denture
Standard complete denturecustom complete denturecomplete dentures premium
Standard acrylicHigh impact acrylicHigh impact acrylic
Good tooth quality - VitapanBetter tooth quality - VitapanBest tooth quality - Vitapan
Heat cure compression processing systemHeat cure compression processing systemIvoclar Ivobase injection system
1 x personalised change at try-in preview2 x personalised changes at try-in previewPersonalised changes at try-in preview
Customised tooth arrangementCustomised tooth arrangement
Unmatched fit, comfort and security
Material is lightweight and odor resistant
Highly personalised

How much do full dentures cost?

Item NumberType of Complete DentureCost
711/712Full Denture (Upper OR Lower)$1000 (from)
719Full Denture (Upper AND Lower)$1900 (from)

How does my dental plate stay in?

A full dental plate relies on natural suction and facial muscles to stay in place. Some people have better suction than others due to oral anatomy and saliva production. A well-made and snug-fitting denture will be stable in the mouth.

How long does it take to make a full denture?

Generally, you will require four appointments over a three week period to complete your new false teeth. If you have special requirements it could take a little longer.

What happens once I’ve decided on a full denture?

The first step in getting complete dentures is to make an appointment with our prosthetist, Dr. Paul, at our Tweed Heads denture clinic. Your first consultation with us is completely free and without obligation. We believe it’s essential to a successful outcome for you to get to know the people you will be working with and who will be making your dental plate.

We understand the personal nature of getting a new denture and know how important it is for you to feel comfortable and confident in your choice of clinic. For this reason, it’s a good idea to bring along photos of yourself with natural teeth. Dr. Paul will discuss your expectations about the appearance of your new dentures during your first consultation. We encourage you to browse our Complete Denture Collection Album for an idea of denture options and how they will look. We will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan and schedule of appointments, so you can plan ahead.

The procedure

First appointment

If tooth removal is necessary, this may take place prior to your first visit with us. In this case, your dentist and our prosthetist will determine whether your denture will be needed immediately after extraction (an immediate denture), or after the gums have healed.

Second appointment

Subsequent appointments with our prosthetist will involve taking impressions. This process involves your prosthetist inserting special trays filled with a malleable material into your mouth to create a mold of your mouth’s anatomy. We determine your ‘bite registration’ using a wax block. An accurate bite registration is crucial to a well-fitting denture because it ensures a good base from which to craft your denture. You will discuss your choice of teeth shape and colour with your prosthetist at this stage.

Third appointment

We will then schedule an appointment for a ‘try-in’.  Your prosthetist places a wax model of your denture, complete with teeth in your mouth to check for fit and appearance. This will give you a good idea of how your new dentures will look. Perhaps a close friend or family member can be present for support at this try-in stage.

Final appointment

During the final appointment, your prosthetist will fit your new denture, and advise you on its care.

How can I be sure I’ll get good dentures?

Getting successful dentures is a collaborative effort. Having your prosthetist evaluate and then custom-make a full denture to your unique specifications, plays a large part in how successful your dentures will be. Your prosthetist will work with you toward the optimum outcome. But as the patient, your commitment to making dentures work is also crucial. This will require your patience, and sometimes your perseverance. While your prosthetist will provide understanding, advice, expertise, and adjustments should they be needed.

Same-day dentures

Northern Rivers Denture Clinic offers a rapid emergency denture service for those times when you need a denture in a hurry. Perhaps a broken denture threatens to ruin your holiday? Or maybe you’re simply not prepared to wait for new teeth? Rest assured, we have your urgent needs covered. We do not compromise quality and service. The emergency denture cost is all-inclusive of impressions, manufacture and follow-up adjustments if needed. We guarantee to have your denture ready within 1 – 2 weeks, depending on the denture type.

Implant retained dentures – what are they?

Implant retained dentures or implant over-dentures are the optimal solutions for full denture stability. Designed and manufactured to clip on to dental implants or posts permanently implanted in your mouth by your oral surgeon, the implant retained dentures provide the closest to a natural tooth experience.

Immediate dentures

Your prosthetist will insert your removable, immediate denture on the same day you have your teeth extracted. We do all preliminary work involving taking impressions and manufacture of your full denture prior to removal of your teeth. Even better, you don’t have to be without teeth while you wait for your dentures to be made.

What problems am I likely to encounter with my new dental plate?

Of course, in a perfect world, there would be no problems. But in the event the perfect world doesn’t exist, it’s nice to know we have your back when things may seem pear-shaped.

Cost concerns?

Sometimes, as your mouth adjusts to your new denture, sore spots develop. But you needn’t worry about having to pay for adjustments because they are included in the total denture price. Often a small adjustment or two is enough to set you on track again.

Sore spots?

New dentures may feel big and bulky in your mouth to begin. With patience and time, your mouth will adjust to your new teeth. The full denture needs time to ‘seat’ into the gums. While different for each individual, this process can take up to four weeks.

Eating and speaking concerns?

Perhaps eating certain foods causes anxious moments. Or maybe you find speech a little difficult when your denture is new. Again, with patience, your mouth will soon adjust, and you will have the confidence to speak normally and eat the food you desire.

What if I can’t get to your Tweed Heads denture clinic?

We recognize mobility can be a problem for some patients needing denture care. Therefore, those people living in aged-care facilities or who reside at home but for whom traveling to appointments is problematic, need worry no longer. Northern Rivers Denture Clinic will travel to you.

Mobile service areas

Tweed region

We now offer a mobile denture clinic for new dentures and denture maintenance servicing Banora Point, Bilambil Heights, Bilambil, Bogangar, Bray Park, Burringbar, Byangum, Carool, Casuarina, Cedar Creek, Chillingham, Chinderah, Clothiers Creek, Cobaki, Condong, Crystal Creek, Cudgen, Cudgera Creek, Dunbible, Dungay, Duranbah, Eungella, Fernvale, Fingal Head, Hastings Point, Kielvale, Kingscliff, Limpinwood, Mount Burrell and Murwillumbah.

We also cover Nobbys Creek, Piggabeen, Pottsville, Pumpenbil, Reserve Creek, Round Mountain, Stokers Siding, Tanglewood, Terranora, Tumbulgum, Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South, Tweed Heads West, Tyalgum, Uki, Upper Burringbar and Upper Crystal Creek.

Gold Coast

In the Gold Coast area, our mobile clinic visits Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Currumbin Valley, Elanora, Miami, Palm Beach, Reedy Creek, Robina, Tallebudgera, Tallebudgera Valley, Tugun, and Varsity Lakes.

Caring for complete dentures

If you take care to maintain your dentures, they will serve you well and last longer.  Upon receiving your new dentures from Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we will provide you with a complementary care pack and expert advice for keeping your dentures in tip-top shape.

Cleaning your denture

Cleaning your denture each day with a soft brush and nonabrasive cleaner, or rinsing them under tepid water between meals when you’re not able to brush, will keep them fresh. Be sure to handle your dentures with care. Avoid dropping them on hard surfaces. We can give your full dentures a professional clean at our Tweed clinic to keep your smile sparkling. We also provide a denture reline service which will restore a snug fit as your mouth changes over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to have a full denture made?

No, we welcome appointments without a referral – contact us today for your free 30-minute consultation and chat about your denture options.

Will people know I'm wearing a full denture?

No, our lifelike dentures look natural and remain secure in the mouth.  After your initial speech and facial muscle training, you will talk and eat naturally giving no indication of wearing a prosthetic.

Will my new full denture affect my speech?

Yes. If you've been missing teeth, dentures will most likely improve your speech over time.  However, in the first 48 hours of wearing your new dentures, you could have difficulty speaking because your tongue space is slightly compromised.  You may have to talk slowly while you get used to speaking with dentures. During the construction of your complete denture, your speech will be checked by the dental prosthetist to ensure there is as little change as possible.

How long will it take to get used to my new full denture?

Ordinarily, it takes around 30 days to get used to wearing dentures.  Learning to eat and speak again will take some patience.

Can I eat with my new full denture?

Yes. It is recommended to initially eat small bite-size pieces, to get used to having all your teeth again.

How does a full denture stay in place?

A full denture relies on natural suction and facial muscles to stay in place. Some people have better suction than others due to oral anatomy and saliva production. A well-made and snug fitting complete denture will be stable in the mouth.

How long will my full denture last?

Depending on the care and maintenance of the denture over time, a complete denture should last between 5-7 years.  All dentures should be relined every 2 years to improve the fitting surface of the denture. However, dentures can wear out due to normal use, and the shape of your mouth may change as you age.

Can full dentures be repaired?

Yes. Full dentures can be repaired.

Can full dentures be adjusted?

Yes.  Full dentures can be adjusted by your dental prosthetist.  It is important not to try adjusting your denture at home as this can lead to irreparable damage to the denture.

Can full dentures be relined?

Yes. Full dentures can be relined.  We recommend having your denture relined every two years to ensure the fitting surface of your denture remains snug and secure to your ever-changing gum landscape.

My full denture is loose. What should I do?

When your denture becomes loose and food starts to collect under the denture, it is a great time to book yourself in for a denture reline. A denture reline is a restoration of the fitting surface between your denture and mouth tissue. It’s an effective way to improve the fit and extend the life of your denture.

How do I clean my full denture?

To clean a full denture, we recommend using water, pure Australian soap and a soft-bristled denture brush, twice a day.  To remove the soapie taste from the denture, smear a small amount of toothpaste over the teeth.  Be sure not to use toothpaste to clean your denture as it is an abrasive and will strip the teeth of their shine.

Can I personalise my full denture?

Yes, dentures can be personalised with gold inlays, small diamantes or precious stones, gum tinting and identification (essential for patients in nursing homes).

What is denture adhesive and do I need it?

Denture adhesive, otherwise known as denture glue, is a cream or powder placed between the denture and your gum to increase adhesion.  Denture adhesives are great to use on temporary dentures while waiting for gum shrinkage to occur after extractions.  This can take anywhere between 3-12 months. Denture adhesive is not the solution for ill-fitting dentures.

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