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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions about dentures:

Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Over time, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or remade due to normal wear. To reline or rebase a denture, the denturist uses the existing denture teeth and refits the denture base or makes a new denture base. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear. Dentures become loose because a mouth naturally changes with age. Bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink.

How do you clean & care for dentures?

Use commercially approved denture powders, tablets or toothpaste, and a good quality denture brush for cleaning. After cleaning, rinse dentures thoroughly in clear water. Ideally, clean them over a water-filled sink or towel to minimize the risk of breakage should they accidentally be dropped.

For plaque and tartar, see a denturist for an ultrasonic cleaning. It is important to remember to only use cleaning products that are approved for use on dentures.

Why go to a denturist?

Replacing your natural teeth is more than trusting someone with your smile. Your appearance, your looks, your whole image is at stake. Make sure you entrust this delicate task to a specially trained professional!

Your denturist is an expert in design, construction, insertion, and adjustment of removable dentures, as well as overdentures on implants. Their expertise, meticulousness, and professionalism make them the best possible choice to help you drive the maximum benefit from dental prosthetics technology. “Denturist’s are your Denture Specialists”.

What’s so different about going to a denturist verses other dental professionals?

Your denturist listens to your needs. They personally handle every step in the construction of your denture, from the first impression to the last adjustment. There is no middleman in the fabrication of your new denture. The denturist has an on-site laboratory to produce your personalized dentures.

Your denturist is the ideal person to instruct you in the daily maintenance of your denture. He can also tell you how often your denture should be adjusted in order to ensure the comfort, effectiveness, and esthetic appearance that you expect. After all, denturists just make dentures and related removable appliances.

How long do dentures last?

Your dentures will not last indefinitely. The denture teeth and base will wear and stain over time. The tissues of the mouth are undergoing continual change so that the dentures will have to be adjusted, rebased, or remade from time to time. The time will vary and depend upon such factors as individual tolerances, habits, and the length of time you have had dentures. The average life of a denture is about five to seven years.

Your denturist is sensitive to your well-being and to the general condition of your dentures. Your denturist also has the experience and expertise to advise you on your best treatment plan and how to proceed.

Now I have dentures, I don’t need an annual exam, do I?

Your dentures and tissues should be checked annually. Damage to the oral tissues can take place without you being aware of it. Early detection and elimination of tissue inflammation is important to minimize shrinkage of the supporting bone and tissue. By keeping the tissue healthy, your dentures will continue to fit correctly. Your denturist will also check for looseness of the denture due to tissue changes, stains and calculus deposits on the denture, and your bite position (how evenly your teeth close together).

It’s not the dentures which change over time, it’s your mouth which is continually changing; so by having your denturist check on your oral condition, you are able to enjoy all benefits of a well-fitting quality denture.

The following are the frequently asked questions about implants:

Why dental implants?

Short procedure – Inserting implants is typically quick and easy. It is virtually pain free.

Eat immediately – It is possible to have fully functioning teeth sometimes in as little as an hour.

Eat whatever you like – Implants are stable and secure so you can comfortably eat all your favourite foods.

Save healthy teeth – With traditional bridges, the teeth beside a missing tooth have to be ground down to prepare a bridge. Implants make grinding down healthy teeth unnecessary.

Answer for life – Implants are the long lasting solution, often for life.