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To book a dental dentures treatment consultation, please use our online appointment form or contact us directly on  (+356) 2125 7253 (Skyparks Business Centre, Malta International Airport), or (+356) 2155 7323 (Dingli Street, Victoria, Gozo). For international patients, it is recommended to request a free e-consultation where we can discuss your individual case and treatment options.

The following treatment guide will answer all the most frequently asked questions when it comes to receiving your dental denture treatment at Savina Dental Clinics, including case study, treatment options and indicative costs.

What is a denture?

People wear dental dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. They are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.

How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?

Usually, dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called immediate dentures. You visit the dentist beforehand for them to take measurements and impressions of your mouth. With immediate dentures, you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing. Your dentist will be able to discuss this with you. Sometimes your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures, as this can sometimes provide a better fit. Healing may take several months.

Will they make me feel different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly. They can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.

Will I be able to eat normally?

Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your false teeth occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition the denture by gently biting down and swallowing. If this continues consult your dentist.

How long should I wear them?

During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them for most of the time, including while you are asleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, your dentist may advise that you remove them before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy.

Should I use a denture fixative?

Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and you shouldn’t need a denture fixative. However, over time, they may become loose and not fit as well. When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores. This can often happen if you have worn them for some time.

Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?

Even with a full set, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Proper denture care is learned over time, and the dentist will highlight the most important care tips after placement. But generally, you should;

  • Follow manufacturer instructions to the letter
  • Brush and rinse your dentures daily but without using toothpaste. Toothpaste is mildly abrasive and results in microscopic scratches where food particles can build up. Regular brushing prevents plaque build-up and development of permanent stains from the foods and drinks you consume
  • Avoid using hard-bristled brushes as they can wear down the dentures faster
  • Clean your mouth after removing the dentures
  • Soak your dentures overnight to help them retain their shape. Use manufacturer or dentist-recommended solutions for this
  • Avoid using hot water on them as it could warp them

Will they ever need to be replaced?

Over time, your set will need to be relined or remade due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose-fitting false teeth can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.

How often should I see my dentist?

Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Most dentists recommend a dental check-up at least once a year. Regular visits allow your dentist to check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important so the dentist can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Full denture wearers should check with their dentist about how often they should visit. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.

What is the Cost of dental denture treatment?

At Savina Dental Clinics, a full upper/lower removable dentures set starts from €800. However, please check our indicative pricing page for the most up to date pricing.

Are they my only option?

No. Implants are another option to consider. Ask your dentist for more information on this or visit our dental implants treatment section.

Savina Dental Treatment Case Study

Before And After Denture Treatment Images

The patient required a full denture set

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Set Used

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Wearing new dentures for the first time

after dental dentures treatment at savina dental clinics malta and gozo

What if you have receding gums?

Patients with gum recession can get dentures. However, they first need to have the gum recession dealt with before treatment. This is important because dental dentures require a firm and sufficient jawbone and healthy gum tissue to succeed.

What is a full denture dental practice?

Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing. They can either be immediate or conventional. Immediate full dentures are fitted as soon as your teeth have been removed so that you are not left without teeth. As your gums heal they will also shrink, and you will notice that these immediate dentures will become loose after a few weeks. Your dentist will guide you as to when they should be temporarily relined to compensate for this shrinkage. After a few months (around 6) once the gums have healed, these dentures can be permanently relined in the same acrylic material they are made of to compensate for gum shrinkage during healing. Conventional dentures are provided when patients had their teeth extracted a while before but opted to stay without dentures while the gums heal. They do not have to be relined after a few weeks and months.

Can a set be made without an impression?

No. An impression is necessary to ensure the dentures align with your current bite. They create an exact mould of your gum so that your dentures feel natural and do not irritate the soft tissue lining in your gums and cheeks.

Are there alternatives?

Yes. Instead of dentures, your dentist may use dental implants to support cemented bridges. These implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically inserted into your jawbone to act as an anchor to hold your replacement tooth. The implants and the bridges closely resemble the feel of real teeth. However, it is important to note that the cost is usually higher.

Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures, but not everyone is the right candidate for them. So make sure to consult your dentist about the best way forward. Also, read our article on the Eagle Grid Dental Implant system classed as the “The New Dental Implant System For Everyone” which can be used instead of traditional dentures.

Conventional Dentures versus Implants: Which is better?

Conventional dentures are false teeth. Although their quality has improved over the years, they are not ideal for everyone. If not properly secured, they may slip out of place when you are talking or eating, which can be embarrassing. In patients with severe gum resorption, especially in the lower jaw, it can be challenging to provide dentures that do not feel loose. Also, partial dentures may promote infection and decay in other teeth if they are not fitted and cared for properly. Still, dentures may be the best choice if your gums and jaws are weak or unhealthy.

Implants, on the other hand, are recommended for those people with missing teeth, who have healthy gums and jawbones. With proper oral hygiene, these implants may last up to 20 years or more without needing to replace them.

Dental Dentures FAQ Video

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Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.

Joseph Xuereb

Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams’ full biographical information can be found here.