How do I care for my dentures?
It is important to remove your dentures after eating and rinse them. When rinsing, put some water in the sink to protect them if dropped, or lay a towel out.
Remove your dentures before bed and soak them in warm water (if they have metal clasps) or denture cleaner (if they have no metal clasps). Be sure to rinse the dentures after soaking if you are using denture cleaner before reinserting them.
Clean daily with special denture brush or very soft bristled brush. Don’t use toothpicks, hard brushes or strong cleaners.
Keep away from children and pets.
If you have full dentures, be sure you still take care of your oral tissue. Rinse and massage with soft bristled toothbrush across gums, palate, cheeks and tongue. If you have a partial denture, continue to brush and floss your natural teeth.
Continue with regular recall appointments.
Watch for changes in fit or comfort. Come in as required and don’t let it go without being taken care of.
How are my dentures made?
We believe in using state of the art materials in our in-office lab. The SR Ivocap Injection System is utilized to help with smooth fabrication of dentures.
How many visits will it take to make my denture?
Depending on how involved your case is, the required visits may range from 2-6 and will include impressions, bite registration, try-in appointments, insert and follow ups. You will be able to gather your case-specific information at your custom consultation.
Will my dentures feel like real teeth?
Unfortunately dentures are not real teeth and will require some adjustments. There should be no reason; however, that with some alterations and healing time, that your dentures should not fit comfortably and function efficiently. Once your tongue and cheeks have had time to adjust to the new teeth, they will become more comfortable to eat, smile, insert and remove. Remember, if you have any concerns or difficulties; do not hesitate to contact the office. Issues with dentures may be easily resolvable.
What type of dentures should I get?
There are many different types of dentures available for a variety of unique cases (see “Services”). If you require replacement of all your teeth you would be looking at a full or complete denture. Partial dentures replace only select teeth. In terms of materials, acrylic may be best as a temporary solution, while a cast frame or implant-retained denture is a more permanent solution. Your best option is always to come in for a custom consultation to assess your specific case. Initial consults are no-charge and will provide the best estimate and treatment plan for you.
Why don’t my dentures fit right?
Dentures may be ill-fitting for many reasons. Most commonly, weight loss, teeth loss, bone decay or other changes in health can impact the fit and retention of a denture. In these cases they may require a reline (see “Services”). It is also recommended that dentures be replaced every 5-10 years. If your denture is approaching that time frame, or is older, you may require a new denture.
Why are follow-ups necessary?
Follow-up appointments are crucial to making sure you’re getting the best fit out of your denture, and to make sure that you’re able to smile, eat and bite properly. It is also important to review denture and oral hygiene instructions and to assess the health of your surrounding oral tissue. After you’ve completed your follow-up appointments it is still important to visit for regular recall appointments. Even patients with complete dentures still require oral hygiene checks and exams to ensure your denture is serving you properly.
How often should I replace my dentures?
Dentures should be replaced every 5-10 years. Bone wears down and changes to the oral tissue and gums occurs regularly, and beyond that time frame, dentures will lose their efficacy. The denture itself will also suffer wear and should be replaced to ensure you maintain your bright, young smile. We will be able to give more specific recommendations at your annual recall examinations.
Why is there such a wide range in the cost of dentures?
Cost is directly linked to the quality of the denture you receive. The best dentures will require high quality materials to make a realistic and well fitting denture and this will create a higher cost. Some dentures are also intended as a more temporary solution and therefore will have a lower price point. More permanent dentures will cost more but will be built to last for a considerably longer period of time. Complexity also impacts the cost of dentures, and a basic traditional denture will be less than the permanent and involved procedure of implant-retained dentures. We recommend asking about all your options at your initial consultation and reviewing the pros and cons to find the very best option for you.