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Frequently Asked Questions About New Dentures and Our Denture Services

Our expert denture makers at Southbourne Grove Denture Clinic Ltd in Westcliff-on-Sea are happy to advise you every step of the way when creating the perfect dentures for you. Please see below for some of our most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Can I come to see your CDT directly without seeing a dentist first?

You can book an appointment with us directly if you have NO natural teeth or implants remaining. If you have even one tooth remaining you must see a dentist first for a referral letter. We can advise you of a local dentist if you do not currently have one .

2) What will happen at my first appointment?

We will require you to bring in your referral letter and a list of any current medications you are taking. You will fill in a patient medical questionnaire and sign a consent form. We can then discuss all your requirements and needs and give you a treatment plan and costings. We can advise of any alternative treatments and the time scales. If you wish to proceed with the treatment then we will take provisional impressions and take a £100 deposit by card the remainder being paid on fitting of dentures.

3) What if I’m not happy with the dentures or I’m in pain?

When we fit the dentures we do a follow up appointment 1 week later. We will do any adjustments required and will do weekly follow up’s until you are happy. Two or three follow up appointments are the norm. We will help you as many times as required to achieve comfortable great looking teeth. Things like speech, appearance , chewing and cleaning of dentures are things that will be discussed at these follow up appointments and small adjustments/ tinkering can be done then.

4) Will my appearance or speech be altered?

When we go through the initial consultation and some of the stages of fabrication your requirements will be considered. We can use your current dentures and photographs to replicate as much as possible. 90% of things can be kept the same but sometimes due to wear ,tooth loss, bleaching and natural changes in the mouth some compromises may be needed. Speech maybe different for a few days but after a few days the tongue and cheeks will adapt so if needed some adjustments can be made at a review appointment.

5) How long should I wear my dentures for?

Once your new dentures are fitted try and wear them as much as possible ,just take things slowly initially while your tongue and cheeks adapt to a slightly different shape. Even when copied identically the teeth will feel sharper and may rub slightly so some perseverance is required initially. Once the review visits are done and you are happy you can still call for advice and return if you have any concerns at no extra costs. Cleaning is also available see our AFTERCARE page. You should leave your dentures out at night to give you mouth a chance to refresh and cleanse itself. Dentures are porous they absorb fluids and harbour bacteria. Denture Stomatitis (thrush) and Dry mouth (xerostomia) can be made worse by leaving dentures in 24hrs.

6) How do I look after my dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned and brushed regularly but carefully over a towel to prevent damage. A full guide is on the AFTERCARE section of this site with products available as well. If you are struggling to get you dentures clean we can clean them for you at the clinic. Some people struggle more to clean their dentures due to arthritis in there fingers or due to lack of or excess saliva sometimes caused be medication. We provide a denture box when we fit your dentures and please don’t hesitate to ask for help or guidance at any time.

If you have any questions for our denture makers that are not on the list above or you want to discuss things in more detail, don’t hesitate to give Southbourne Grove Denture Clinic Ltd in Westcliff-on-Sea a call:

01702 345 648