What is an over-denture?
An over-denture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. Your Denturist can determine if an over-denture would be suitable for you.
How do I eat with my new dentures?
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing,
Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells. Your upper denture covers your palate so be careful with hot foods and liquids.
Do dentures change how I speak?
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures “click” while you’re talking,
You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, consult your Denturist.
What do new dentures feel like?
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures,
Will new dentures make me look different?
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. This is where the try-in is critical so you can see yourself in the mirror before the denture is finished and make sure you like the look of your new dentures.
Can I adjust my own dentures?
You can seriously damage your dentures and harm your health by trying to adjust or repair your dentures. A denture that is not made to fit properly can cause irritation and sores.
See your Denturist if your dentures break,
What is an immediate denture?
Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible,
One of the main advantages of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six to nine months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures will require relining to fit properly.
One of the main disadvantages of immediate dentures is that you cannot have a try-in… this makes it very difficult to predict how the denture is going to fit and how its going to look once your teeth are extracted and the denture is in place. With only one or two teeth being removed its not too bad but if you are getting many teeth removed this can be a real problem and perhaps a temporary denture can be fabricated for the short term instead, this would in turn eliminate the reline and you would have a new properly fit denture.
How do you wear a partial denture?
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink plastic bases,
How long does it take to get used to a partial denture?
For the first few weeks,
How long should I wear dentures?
Your Denturist will give you specific instruction about how long the denture should be worn and when it should be removed. Initially,
Is it difficult to eat with a partial?
Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.
Does the partial change how I speak?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. Consequently,
Will my denture need adjusting?
What about care?
Brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth daily help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture’s metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay. Your Denturist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and clean between teeth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
Are implants worth the money?
Implant retained dentures are more stable than most other types of dentures. Implants are a proven restorative option with an excellent success rate.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Many patients who have chosen implant supported teeth report they are happy and comfortable for the first time since the loss of their natural teeth. Their quality of life and ability to chew has been increased significantly.
You still care for your dentures in basically the same way taking them out to clean them and at night.
We hear so often from patients once they get the implants done is why they waited so long and wish they had done it much sooner.
What are some benefits to implants?
Denture implant facts
What’s involved in getting new dentures?
Typically with standard dentures it takes a few weeks and normally 4 or 5 appointments. These include:
With higher end dentures such as precision or BPS there are other appointments involved.
How do I get used to new dentures?
As with any new appliance,
My dentures are loose… what should I do?
As the years pass,
Should I use adhesives?
Denture adhesive can provide additional retention even for well-fitting dentures,
Who needs dentures?
Everyone that is missing teeth to varying degree should wear a denture. Complete dentures for those people who are edentulous (i.e.. Have no natural teeth remaining),
How do you clean dentures?
Dentures should be cleaned,
What happens when you get a new denture?
The denture process usually takes a few weeks and approximately five appointments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new “teeth” because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours,
How do you take care of dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped. Stand over a folded towel or a sink half full of water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them,
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It’s best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures.
Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, which are both acceptable for cleaning dentures. Avoid using other powdered household cleansers, which may be too abrasive, they will scratch the surface of your dentures. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture. Don’t sterilize your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to become warped.
We offer Renew – which is a professional strength denture cleaner. Place it in your denture bath or a glass of water while soaking overnight keep your dentures looking new.
The first step in cleaning dentures is to rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.
Dentures may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When they are not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Your Denturist can recommend the best method.
Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to care for dentures. However, using an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
Should I wear dentures at night?
Under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove them at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of gums. Furthermore it allows the dentures to be properly soaked in a cleaner all night. You wouldn’t wear your shoes to bed would you?
Do I need checkups?
It is important to continue having regular checkups so that your Denturist can examine your oral tissues and your dentures. As you age,
When do dentures get replaced?
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, causing jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. A loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may change your facial features. It’s important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.
What is a mouth guard
A mouth guard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. A lot of sports these days,
Why should I wear a mouth guard?
o protect your mouth from injuries. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouth guards in a variety of sports activities. More than 200,
Do mouth guards prevent injuries?
A mouth guard can prevent serious injuries such as concussions,
For which sports should I wear a mouth guard?
Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces,
Currently, five sports at the amateur level require mouth guards during practice and competition: boxing, football, ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey.
How do I care for a mouth guard?
Clean your mouth guard by washing it with soap and warm (not hot) water.
Keep your mouth guard in a well-ventilated plastic storage box when not in use.
Heat is bad for mouth guards, so don’t leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed automobile.
Don’t bend your mouth guard when storing.
Don’t handle or wear someone else’s mouth guard.
Call your Denturist who made the mouth guard if there are any problems.
I wear braces… should I wear a mouth guard?
A properly fitted mouth protector may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth protector also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips,
If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.