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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why use dentures?

Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. A partial denture will help preserve remaining teeth and oral structures (i.e. prevent teeth from drifting or excessive bone loss in areas of missing dentition). Without the support of dentures, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak adequately.


2. How often should I have my dentures assessed?

Regular dental check-ups are recommended, as your denturist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly, and to examine your mouth for signs of oral disease.

Yearly check-up appointments are free of charge. This is important for your general health, as well as monitoring any changes with the fit or health of your gums and dentures. Physical challenges with the supporting bone in your mouth, use of certain medications, or weight loss, can all affect the fit of your dentures.

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.


3. Why are my dentures feeling loose?

Physical challenges with the supporting bone in your mouth, use of certain medications, or weight loss, can all affect the fit of your dentures. Your gum tissue and jaw bone also shrink with time. This causes the denture to become loose resulting in a poor fit. A visit to your denturist for an oral health examination will determine the cause of your ill-fitting dentures.

To counter the problems of a loose denture a reline or rebase (denture tightening) can be done usually in a single day. Relines or Rebases are recommended every 2 years.


4. How long will my dentures last?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you replace your denture every 5-7 years. This is because a person's mouth and gums are in a constant state of change. There is not a removable prosthesis made for the mouth that would be permanent as the mouth is constantly changing.


5. What happens if I do not regularly replace my dentures?

Worn out 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 and dietary problems, sunken face, over-closing of the jaw, irritated and soft gums, as well as premature bone loss, due to ill-fitting dentures.


6. How many appointments will it take to make a set of dentures?

It takes approximately 3-5 appointments to make a precision set of dentures. During your consultation appointment your treatment schedule will be confirmed.


7. What are dentures made of?

The base of a denture can be made of premium quality acrylic or metal (vitallium). We offer a variety of options for denture teeth, which includes acrylic (most commonly used), hybrid teeth (acrylic and porcelain), and porcelain teeth. Tooth selection is made for a natural and pleasing smile, and to match your natural teeth in the case of partial dentures.


8. How do I take care of my dentures?

The general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures using a denture brush before soaking, to help remove any food debris. The use of a denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher – always follow the manufacturers' instructions - then brush the dentures again. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative. Do not use toothpaste (as this is abrasive and often can scratch your denture), or use bleach. If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your denturist or hygienist.

It is extremely important to have your dentures professionally polished and cleaned on a regular basis.


9. Is there anything specific I need to do to care for my mouth?

Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft –bristled brush. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. It is vitally important that partial denture wearers brush their teeth thoroughly every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to further teeth being lost.


10. Is it necessary for me to get a partial lower denture?

Yes! Partial dentures help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting into the space left by your natural teeth. If you don't wear a partial, your teeth will eventually drift, lose support, and then become unstable. Going without a partial on your lower also allows your tongue to become enlarged, making it difficult to fit a lower denture later, should you lose your remaining teeth. You will not be able to chew your food completely, which means that your digestive system has to work extra hard to break your food down.


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