Frequently Asked Questions

Full Dentures

What is an Over Denture?

An over-denture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of either 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.

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. They will probably feel big and even clumsy until you get the hang of them.

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, these problems should diminish. One or more follow-up appointments with the Denturist are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your Denturist.

Will new dentures make me look different?

The short answer is… It depends.  Dentures can be made to closely resemble either your old dentures or your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. However, dentures may 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. Many old dentures are worn down and dark. Once people get new ones their looks improve and these days many people get whiter teeth in their dentures which looks great.

Can I do my own adjustments?

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. If your dentures are new then adjustments are always included in the treatment. If they are old then it may be time for a reline or even new dentures.

See your Denturist if your dentures break, shop crack, chip, or if one of the teeth becomes loose. A Denturist can often make the necessary adjustments or repairs on the same day. A person who lacks the proper training will not be able to reconstruct the denture. This can cause greater damage to the denture and may cause problems in your mouth. Glue often contains harmful chemicals and should not be used on dentures.

How long do dentures last?

We get asked this all the time. Our standard answer is 5-8 years and even though we see many that are 20+ years old and you may be wearing one right now, that doesn’t mean it’s right. Your gums and mouth change, the teeth wear, we have seen many dentures that have caused damage to people’s mouths, gums and natural teeth that could have been easily avoided with common maintenance.

Whats involved in getting new dentures?

Typically with standard dentures it takes a few weeks and normally 4 or 5 appointments. These include:

Impressions – a mould is taken of your gums and/or teeth
Bite registration – we measure how you bite and select your new teeth with you
Wax try-in – you get to see your new denture and try them on before they are actually finished
Finish – you get to wear your new teeth home
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, dentures may feel quite odd, usually they feel big. They may cause increased saliva flow or they may alter speech. One should start by cutting food into small pieces, avoid hot foods, and avoid hard foods until the tissue, where the denture rests, becomes used to the new teeth. As time goes by, one will become accustomed to them. This will take time and you may get some sores initially, don’t panic.

My dentures are loose… now what?

As the years pass, sale the tissue and bone may shrink slightly. As this happens your dentures will then loosen. Also, help as you lose or gain weight, you may notice that the denture may loosen. If you have had teeth extracted or immediate dentures made your gums would have shrunk. Dentures can be relined to help them fit snug again. However, if their bases are too far gone, you may need to get a new denture. If your denture is more than a year or two old and you are using Fixodent everyday… your dentures are too loose and you could benefit from a reline. Relines are usually done same day and should be done every couple of years.

What about adhesives?

Denture adhesive can provide additional retention even for well-fitting dentures, especially for lower dentures. However, site denture adhesives are not the solution for old, and ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your Denturist immediately.

Who needs new 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), price or a partial denture for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A partial is important to prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting, which will occur if the spaces are not filled in. Dentures improve chewing and speech, as well as provide facial support which will dramatically improve your appearance and smile.

How do you clean dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned, if possible, after each meal. The best way is to remove them and rinse them. If one is able to, brushing the dentures is advised, as well as rinsing the mouth to clean it of any debris. If some natural teeth do remain, brushing them is always suggested. Soak your dentures at night after brushing them, if you wish you can use a denture cleaner like Renew. Do not allow them to dry out because they may warp. It is also much healthier to keep your dentures out overnight to avoid excessive pressure on the soft tissue and bone. Always remember to brush your tongue and lightly brush the gums with a soft toothbrush. Special denture brushes should be used on the dentures. You should not use regular toothpaste on dentures, it is too abrasive.

Taking care of my 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, store your dentures away from children and pets and always keep them in water.

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.

Immediate Dentures

What is an immediate denture?

Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the Denturist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit.

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.


Partial Dentures

How do you wear a partial denture?

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth usually with metal clasps. Otherwise they are not much different than regular dentures. However you should see your dentist regularly to keep an eye on your natural teeth, to clean them and watch them if they become loose.

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.

How do you clean dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned, if possible, after each meal. The best way is to remove them and rinse them. If one is able to, brushing the dentures is advised, as well as rinsing the mouth to clean it of any debris. If some natural teeth do remain, brushing them is always suggested. Soak your dentures at night after brushing them, if you wish you can use a denture cleaner like Renew. Do not allow them to dry out because they may warp. It is also much healthier to keep your dentures out overnight to avoid excessive pressure on the soft tissue and bone. Always remember to brush your tongue and lightly brush the gums with a soft toothbrush. Special denture brushes should be used on the dentures. You should not use regular toothpaste on dentures, it is too abrasive.

Taking care of my 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, store your dentures away from children and pets and always keep them in water.

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.


Implants

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?

Increased ability to eat – without the dentures moving and lifting around your biting force is greatly increased
Increased comfort – less sores than associated with ‘regular’ dentures
Stability – No flopping around or lifting
Bone preservation – it has been found that the bone surrounding implants actually resorbs less than if the implants were not there
improved oral health, dosage ability to eat, appearance and self-esteem
Far less food getting under the dentures

Some implant facts

Implants tremendously improved the satisfaction, aesthetics, health, and youthfulness of the denture wearing population.
Implants for denture wearers have been in use for over 25 years with excellent results. Implants are permanent and with appropriate care will last a lifetime.
Implants can literally change the quality of life for a denture wearer.
Clients are pleased that they do not have to use adhesives. They are confident because they can enjoy food that they have avoided for years.
Implants allow us to improve aesthetic results that are impossible to achieve with regular dentures.
Pain associated with implant surgery is as much or less intense than a tooth extraction.
Once the healing period is completed the uncovering of the implant is a minor procedure.
The best thing about implants is that they predictable results with very high success rates. The second best thing is the satisfaction and confidence they provide. No more discomfort, embarrassment, adhesives, loose dentures, selected eating habits, etc.
You can eat food you have avoided; you feel better and look better. You can chew your food better. You feel younger and healthier.


General Questions

Should I sleep with my dentures?

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, store your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, generic it is necessary to adjust, reline or remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period of time. When in doubt, consult your Denturist. Consider seeing your Denturist once a year for an annual checkup.


Mouth Guards

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, medicine such as hockey, require kids to wear them.

Why should I wear a mouth guard?

To protect your mouth from injuries. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouth guards in a variety of sports activities. More than 200, ambulance generic 1000s injuries to the mouth and jaw occur each year.

Do mouth guards prevent injuries?

A mouth guard can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, see cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouth guards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.

For which sports should I wear one?

Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouth guard. Players who participate in hockey, advice basketball, softball, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, and martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling should wear mouth guards while competing.

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.

Before storing, soak your mouth guard in water, or if you prefer you may add some mouthwash to the 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 too 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, look limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. You should consult your Orthodontist, Dentist or Denturist before wearing any kind of mouth guard.

If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.