How well will I be able to eat with my dentures?
If you have just lost your natural teeth, eating will take practice and patience. Start with soft foods and cut them into smaller pieces. Chew slowly and carefully so you do not accidentally bite your cheeks or tongue — your mouth is not used to the new dimensions of your dentures yet. Also, make sure to chew your food evenly with both sides of your mouth to prevent denture tipping and possible sore spots. Introduce harder foods slowly as you progress. It is important to know that conventional dentures do have their limitations and will not fully replace the efficiency of your real teeth! Denture teeth are about 10% as efficient as natural teeth but the percentage increases dramatically when implants are placed. Contact us to find out more about implant supported dentures.
How often do I have to replace my dentures?
n general, dentures should be replaced every five to seven years. This depends on various factors, such as the type of teeth used and how much the gums have worn down over the course of time. Getting your dentures checked annually to check fitment will ensure a proper fitting denture and relining your dentures may increase the lifespan of your dentures.
How many appointment are needed to make a new set of dentures?
Every case is different, so it largely depends on the individual’s oral situation. With that being said, it typically takes anywhere from three to five appointments depending on what needs to be done and how complicated the case is. While we understand that everyone wants their new smile right away, we always make sure we take the time needed to ensure a proper fitting, functional denture.
How should i maintain my dentures?
You should ideally clean your dentures at least twice a day.
Methods for cleaning include:
Soaking: Use a good denture cleanser, such as Polident, Nudent, or Renew
Brushing: It is recommended to use a denture brush instead of a toothbrush since they have two different lengths of bristles to clean both sides of your dentures. Ask us if you do not know where to purchase one. NEVER use toothpaste since it is an abrasive substance, and will slowly abrade your denture. Although you may not visibly notice, it roughens up the surface of your denture and makes it easier for plaque and food to get caught.
It is recommended to brush your denture over a half filled sink of water or one that is lined with a towel. This prevents possible breakage in case you accidentally drop your denture into the sink.
I’ve had my dentures for over 10+ years and they feel fine. Why should I get a new set?
While the concept, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ applies to most, it unfortunately does not apply to dentures. Denture teeth are not as resilient as natural teeth so over time they will wear down. While many may overlook this fact, it can play a factor in the appearance and chewing efficiency of the wearer. The mouth slowly over closes more as the teeth get worn down and in severe cases, this loss of vertical dimension causes the chin to start protruding. Eating food will also take more time and energy since the cusps of the denture teeth have worn out and the surface has become flat. This happens at a very slow rate so many people do not notice the difference until they receive a brand new set and realize they can chew food better! This is just ONE reason why you should look to get your dentures replaced every five to seven years.
I chipped a tooth on my top denture, and my bottom denture split into two pieces, how fast can this be repaired?
In most cases, we can repair these for you on the same day! Please come early enough in the day to give us the time to repair it.
The following are a list of things every denture wearer should NEVER do!
- Do not brush your denture with toothpaste! It is an abrasive substance that will abrade your denture and allow plaque and bacteria to stick on easier. Use a mild dish detergent or denture cleaner instead.
- Do not put your denture in hot water. This may cause warpage of the denture, making it ill-fitting and possibly unwearable.
- Do not use non-diluted bleach (Javex) on your denture! This will discolor your denture, turning the entire denture white, not just the teeth!
- Do not wear your denture all the time. Similar to wearing shoes, you want to take them off and let your gums breathe and rest. t is recommended to always take them out while you sleep. If that is not possible, try to give them a break for at least a few hours a day.
- Do not let your dentures dry out. If they are not in your mouth, then you should put them in a denture bath or in a cup filled with water. Keeping your dentures out poses a risk of it warping in shape.