On this page are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we receive at Waterdown Denture Clinic®. To navigate the page quickly, select a particular question and you’ll quickly be directed to the answer.
1. When Should I Replace My Dentures?
Dentures don’t last forever. The teeth in your denture will wear and stain over time. The tissue in your mouth is undergoing constant changes as well as the supporting bone shrinks. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last.
The following are signs that your denture needs attention:
2. What is the Cost of New Dentures?
What type of denture do you need or want? Standard Dentures? Precision Dentures? Denture Implants? Partial Dentures? Don’t look for the lowest price for something so important to your daily life and your health. Schedule a consultation with Waterdown Denture Clinic® – it’s free, and we’ll give you a price estimate before we provide any further treatment.
3. Are Lower Dentures Always a Problem?
While dentures are marginally adequate substitutes for missing natural teeth, the lower denture can be troublesome for many individuals.
The Lower Denture has less stabilizing surface to rest upon. There is no broad palate surface (roof of the mouth) as in an upper denture.
Loss of jaw bone over time brings the lower denture into closer contact with tissue extensions called frenum attachments which create dislodging forces.
While these problems are inherent to lower dentures, every person is different and not affected in the same way.
Implants are the best solution for stabilizing a lower denture.
4. What if My Denture Breaks? I Need Teeth!
Even though dentures are fabricated from extremely durable materials, they will wear out, break or a tooth may pop out. In fact, it is frequently not a matter of “if” but “when” it will become broken, lost or damaged. One can be assured that a problem will likely happen when least expected! Do not “super glue” your denture, as all adhesives contain harmful additives. It is a short-lived fix. Waterdown Denture Clinic® can properly fix your dentures in a matter of hour(s).
Spare Dentures can bridge the gap of being without a regular denture while it is being repaired. Such an interim prosthesis may be relined and adjusted in advance, in order to fit the changing shape of an individual’s jaw, making it ready to use at a moment’s notice.
5. Are Dentures Affected by Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medications?
Certain medications may affect dentures. This is especially true of medications used to treat heart disease or high blood pressure. These medications may increase the risk for bleeding, which can increase the risk for infection if gums become irritated. Heart and blood pressure medications may also lead to an overgrowth of gum tissue, which affects the way your dentures fit. Other side effects of these medications, such as dry mouth, may affect your ability to wear dentures. To reduce the risk for complications, always tell your denturist about all medications you're taking.
6. Why a Denturist and Not a Dentist?
Getting a new set of dentures is more than trusting someone with your smile. Your appearance and your entire image are at stake. Make sure that you entrust this delicate task to a well-trained professional. Your Denturist is specially trained in design, construction, fitting and adjustment of complete and partial dentures, as well as overdentures on implants. Dentists do not make dentures! Dentists market dentures to their patients, but they send them out to commercial dental laboratories and this additional cost is added to your dental bill. The person who makes your dentures never sees you and can’t make the necessary adjustments for your unique mouth.
Denturists do all their laboratory work on the premises, which ensures consistent and personal quality of care. Denturists provide the most cost- and time-effective denture treatment.
7. Will Dentures Affect My Appearance?
Yes, for the better! Denture technology has, over the past few decades, become a fine art. Dentures today are “personalized” to suit you and look completely natural. It will not be evident that you are wearing them. The only noticeable difference may be that some pronounced facial lines will be softened, giving you a more youthful look. You will be able to smile and be proud of your good-looking teeth!
8. How Quickly Will I Adjust to Dentures?
Dentures are a substitute for your natural teeth and will therefore feel strange at first. Some people will feel comfortable with their dentures in a week; some take considerably longer. A positive attitude and being aware of the adjustment that is taking place really helps. At first, you may feel your new teeth are too big and your mouth and lips are too full. Your facial muscles and oral tissues will adapt to the dentures in a very short time and you should soon feel quite comfortable with them.
9. How Will Dentures Affect My Eating?
Your eating habits will change for a short time, but be patient! You have to learn to bite and chew in a slightly different way. When biting food with natural teeth, the tendency is to pull forward. Instead of pulling out as you bite, push the food forward a little and bite completely through it. Start with small portions of food and eat slowly. Biting into an apple and eating corn on the cob are probably things you will want to postpone, but you will be able to enjoy these foods later when you have mastered the art. Your Denturist will be happy to help you deal with any problems you encounter.
10. Will Dentures Affect My Speech?
New denture-wearers typically notice issues with pronouncing the /s/ sound, at first. This is normal. Your tongue, lips and cheeks have to re-learn how to make certain sounds with this new, different mouth shape. Practice by reading aloud, ideally in front of a mirror. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think.
11. What’s Included in My Free Consultation?
Your first appointment with our denturist, Raymond Kulik DD, is always crucial. During this initial FREE 30-minute meeting, he will determine the best prosthesis option for your health and lifestyle needs. He will use our up-to-date oral camera to assess your oral condition and recommend a course of treatment that best suits you. You will leave our clinic with the knowledge and written information you require to determine what is right for you. Call us today!