Frequently asked questions
What if my denture chips or breaks?
We do not recommend repairing your dentures yourself. Improperly repaired dentures with products like Krazy Glue® will not last long and can cause adverse effects on your overall health. In most cases, if you have broken or chipped a tooth from your denture, it can be repaired the same day! We are available to serve you during regular business hours also we now have an on call denture emergency repair service from 6 pm - 11 pm daily and we do our best to accommodate our patient needs.
How do you know if you need new dentures?
The general life-time of dentures are usually between 5 to 7 years with regular relining. However, this is unique to each individual. Denture teeth may wear down and stain faster than natural teeth, and tissues in your mouth change overtime. Dentures may wear, break, chip or crack over long-term daily wear and tear. Ask your denturist to assess your dentures and advise you with the best treatment recommendations.
I’ve had my dentures for years and I am experiencing pain or soreness while eating. What’s happening?
There could be a number of reasons why dentures may become uncomfortable after years of wear and tear. Your jaw bones are always changing and it is likely that your dentures are moving while you're eating. It might be time for a denture reline or a new denture. Your Denturist will evaluate your denture and give you their best treatment recommendations that is specific to your needs.
What is a reline?
Relining consists of adding new acrylic denture base material to the tissue side of a denture to refit them to your mouth. Your Denturist will need to take an impression inside your existing denture to complete the reline. Relining improves the fit of the dentures and does not affect the appearance. We recommend relining your dentures every 2-4 years depending on your individual needs.
Why is it important to reline your dentures?
Relines are required because your jaw bone ridge naturally shrinks over time. This is called bone resorption (shrinkage) and can be due to:
- loss of weight
- loss of teeth
- loss of bone/tissue
- disease or illness
Dentures can actually speed the process of jaw bone ridge resorption if they do not fit correctly. It is common that an ill fitting denture will break over time due to the spaces between the denture and your jaw ridge.
What should I expect with my new dentures?
New dentures take time to get used to. It can take anywhere from several days to several weeks. During the first few days, you may experience mouth soreness and speech impairment (lisping). Practice speaking with your new denture to help with your speech and phonetics.
Sores should be brought to the attention of your denturist so the denture can be professionally adjusted.
What is a soft liner?
Soft Liners are a medical grade soft polymer material that is added to the tissue side of a denture. It acts like a cushion for the underside of your denture. Soft liners can be added to new or old dentures. If you’re unable to find comfort in your dentures, speak to your denturist about a soft liner option.
How do you clean dentures?
We recommend you use a denture brush to remove all the food, plaque and other deposits. Dentures should be brushed and rinsed after every meal over a sink with a towel in it or filled with water to minimize potential for damage if the denture is dropped. Do not squeeze your denture, as it can cause damage. Use a denture paste commercial cleaner which is readily available at any pharmacy. Take your dentures out every night and place them in cold water. Denture solutions can also be used to soak your dentures at night.
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