1. Why should I wear dentures?
If you are missing teeth, having a denture inserted can help you to eat
comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your confidence. Dentures
improve esthetics through proper lip and cheek support, as well as restoring
2. What is the time frame for making dentures?
Time frame can vary from case to case, depending on the complexity.
Generally, approximately 5-6 appointments are required to complete the new
denture(s). The process requires taking accurate impressions of the gums,
and precise measurements of the mouth, jaw, and related facial structures.
Time is also taken to verify esthetics with the patient to provide optimal
3. Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Eating with dentures usually requires some practice. Some helpful tips
include: starting with soft foods, taking small bites, and chewing on both
sides of the mouth simultaneously.
4. Will dentures change how I speak?
There can be a learning curve related to speaking with dentures. Certain
sounds do require some additional effort. Usually with time and practice,
this can be overcome fairly quickly as your tongue becomes accustomed to it,
providing the denture is fitting properly.
5. Will dentures make me look different?
Custom fitting dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth,
as well as improve certain esthetic options to enhance appearance. Properly
fitting dentures support the cheeks and lips in a natural manner.
6. Why is my lower denture so difficult to get used to?
Because it often does not obtain suction in the mouth as does an upper
denture, a lower denture usually takes more time to learn to control. Gum
and bone support in the lower jaw is often much less, leading to a ‘looser’
fit. Learning to control your lower denture with your tongue, and chewing on
both sides of your mouth are a few helpful tips. If still a problem, consult
your denturist to ensure the denture is fitting properly or to examine other
treatment options to obtain maximum stability.
7. How long will my dentures last?
A host of variables can affect how long a denture will last. Some of the
more common ones are: changes in the oral tissues and bone, individual
tolerances, quality of dentures (and materials used), and oral habits.
Certain types of dentures, including temporary or acrylic partial dentures,
and immediate dentures will often not be anticipated to last as long, as
they are seen as an interim measure in an extended treatment plan.
8. What if my dentures are loose?
Existing dentures can be relined or rebased to obtain a proper fit, usually
on the same day. A denturist can diagnose whether this is a viable option
9. Can my broken dentures be fixed?
If you have a broken denture, it is important to contact a denturist. Often,
cracked or broken dentures can be repaired, usually on the same day
10. How do I take care of my dentures?
A combination of brushing with a proper denture brush, denture paste, and
soaking the dentures in effervescent denture cleanser will help remove most
stains. Consult your denturist for specific instructions, as it may vary on
different types of dentures. Although strong in the mouth, dentures may
break if dropped. We recommend you clean your dentures over a sink with some
water in it, or a folded towel in case they are dropped.
11. How often should I see the denturist?
We recommend your dentures be checked annually by your denturist to ensure
proper fit. Diagnosing minor changes in the mouth, and relining/repairing
minor issues before they become bigger ones, will not only keep your
dentures fitting better and improve your health, it can often increase the
lifespan of the dentures.
12. Do you accept insurance plans?
Yes, our office accepts most major dental insurance plans. Following
consultation with our denturist, we forward an estimate for denture work to
the insurance company for pre-approval. The client is then informed of the
level of coverage prior to any work being completed.
13. Do I need to be referred by a dentist?
No, we do not require a referral. You may contact us directly at
905.765.0033 to set up a free consultation with the denturist.