Dentures – Commonly Asked Questions2021-05-06T13:26:16-08:00

Common Questions About Dentures

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The quality of modern dentures is improving all the time. It is no longer a daily annoyance to have to deal with them. There are many different reasons why a person might need replacement teeth. If you are new to using replacement teeth, we can help. I am happy to answer any questions you might have.

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How Do I Care For My Dentures2020-12-01T08:35:26-08:00

Caring for your dentures

Complete and partial dentures should be cleaned every day just like your natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, plaque and tartar will stick to and build upon your dentures. This will cause stains, bad breath and possibly gum problems. Longstanding plaque can also cause gum disease and cavities on the remaining teeth.

When cleaning your dentures, it is very important to have them removed from your mouth prior to starting. This ensures that all surfaces are in contact with the denture brush and cleaning solution. Rinse the dentures to remove any loose food particles by placing it under running water. Then while using a denture brush and a mild soap, like dish soap, gently brush all surfaces of the dentures. While the dentures are removed, brush existing natural teeth and massage your gums with toothpaste. If the denture brush is too stiff on your gums, use a wetted face towel instead. Rinse the dentures well with clean running water before returning them to your mouth.

Always remove your denture at night to allow your mouth tissues to rest. Soak your dentures in warm water. Never use hot water as this could cause the dentures to warp. Soaking the denture stops them from drying out while not in your mouth. Denture cleaner/soak can be used but directions must be followed from the manufacturer. Partial dentures require a cleaner designed for metal and must be used as the metal finish could tarnish.

While cleaning your dentures and when they are not in the mouth, there is a chance of the denture dropping from your hands or counter. When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or a sink filled with water just in case they accidentally drop. If you have dropped your denture, inspect it for cracks. Small repairs might be less costly and when caught early, may prevent you from having to replace your denture.

Why choose a denturist?2019-08-27T15:15:27-08:00

A denturist’s occupation is to be responsible for the promotion, restoration and rehabilitation of oral health which make him or her the best possible choice to help you derive the maximum benefit from your denture experience.

Most denturist fees are covered by dental plans and can be seen without a referral from another health care professional.

If you do not have a dental home, a regular dentist, or need a referral to an oral surgeon, your Denturist will be happy to refer you to the appropriate practitioner.

If your dentures are more than five years old, call us to schedule a complementary consultation to discuss how we can improve your appearance, confidence and possibly your health with high quality replacement dentures.

Indications you should recognize:

Changes in your face, jaw and tissues occur constantly, however your denture prosthesis does not. These physical changes happen gradually and are mostly unnoticeable to you but listed below are some signs indicating your denture prosthesis should be checked:

  • Mouth soreness, sore spots, possible irritated tissues
  • Loose fitting, falling out when talking or eating
  • Jaw ridge bone loss
  • Thinning lips, sagging mouth causing a change in facial features e.g. Chin sticking out further
  • Denture is not being used and is being left out
  • Headaches, ear pain, neck pain
  • Difficulties chewing food e.g. teeth not sharp anymore
  • Discoloration of pink acrylic or teeth
  • Denture has an odor

Your denturist is qualified to tell you when a denture needs to be replaced.

When was the last time you visited your denturist?

Who are denturists?2019-08-27T15:15:09-08:00

Denturists are denture specialists. They are a member of your oral healthcare team. A Denturist’s practice is dedicated to the fabrication, repair and adjustment of dentures, partial dentures and removable implant retained dentures.

Denturists are uniquely qualified to complete the 4 Step process:

  1. Exam and evaluation ( medical/dental history, visual intra/extra oral exam)
  2. Impression of oral tissues and necessary jaw relations
  3. Sets up and Constructs prosthesis
  4. Delivers and Adjusts prosthesis
What is a denturist?2019-08-27T15:14:57-08:00

Denturists are licensed independent professionals trained to provide removable denture prosthetic services directly to the public. A denturist completes both clinical and laboratory procedures in-house. What that means, is that we do all the steps necessary to make a denture. This allows us to immediately transfer information completed in the operatory to our in-house laboratory, resulting in fewer appointments, faster turnaround times and in turn a happier client.

Denturists work together with your Dentist making partial dentures or immediate dentures when alternations to natural teeth are required.

List of services:

  • Assess and treat clients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth
  • Make, repair, reline, replace or furnish complete partial dentures
  • In accordance with a prescription from a client’s dentist, make or furnish partial dentures, overdentures and implant retained dentures
  • Reline, replace teeth, or make repairs to partial dentures, dentures and overdentures.

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