1How long before I need to replace my dentures?
Dentures may need to be replaced between 5-10 years depending on what material & procedure the patient opts for. Patients find that the fit of their dentures changes within the 5 year mark as their jaw bone shrinks. Since it is normal for your mouth to change and denture teeth to wear down, you will need to have them checked.
2How often should I visit the clinic now that I have dentures?
Even if you have lost all or some of your natural teeth, you should visit the clinic once a year. The staff will be able to evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene, and will check for any issues that may arise.
3What happens when I have an emergency?
We are able to provide same-day service for most emergencies. This is very helpful if an incident occurs where you unexpectedly lose or break your denture.
4What happens if my denture is causing me pain?
It is not unusual for a new denture to create sore spots on your gums. Call our clinic and we will let you know when to return to have your denture adjusted. Adjustments help eliminate sore spots so please call us and let us know if this occurs.
5Will Dentures affect my appearance?
We normally place denture teeth in the position of their natural predecessors providing support to the facial muscles. If you are replacing old or worn dentures then you will look and feel different. If you are wearing dentures for the first time and you are replacing lost or damaged teeth you will also look a little different. However you should feel normal within a short period of time and you can be rest assured that we will do our best to make the appearance as natural as possible.
6Will Dentures affect my speech?
Depending on the amount of work carried out help improve your dentures they can affect your speech temporarily. This can be due but not limited to the repositioning of the teeth and the shape of the denture base.
7Will Dentures affect the way I eat?
Like anything new, you need time to adapt to your new denture. Chewing is one of the skills that need to be adapted when you receive either replacement dentures or you are first dentures. You can help yourself accommodate by taking smaller portions and chewing slowly and avoiding sticky or tough foods for a little while. You should soon see an improvement due to the new dentures being more efficient as the chewing surfaces have less wear.
8When can I wear my Dentures?
This is personal preference; however we recommend that you wear your dentures as much as possible. It is widely agreed upon that you should sleep without your dentures, however if you choose to sleep with them it is important to keep your denture extremely clean. Remove them at least twice a day and brush the tissues underlying the dentures with a soft tooth brush. This removes any plaque build up along with any food debris; it also stimulates the blood vessels which is an essential part of healthy tissue.
9Will my Dentures break easily?
Dentures are made from very resilient materials but it is recommended to clean them over a basin of water or a towel. This will cushion the fall if they are dropped. Care should also be taken with partials with clasps as they can sometimes be bent out of shape during heavy brushing. If a partial does not feel comfortable when you place it into your mouth you should get a professional's opinion on its fit. Do not try to adjust it yourself.