Quinte Denture Clinic’s Answers to Frequently Asked Denture Questions
Q. How long will my dentures last me?
A. It is recommended to replace your dentures every 5-7 years. Your mouth is under going constant changes. Since the dentures are artificial, they will not change along with your mouth, so eventually they will need to be adjusted and/or replaced. It is important to visit your denturist regularly as they may be able to spot a problem you haven’t noticed yourself yet.
Q. Will my dentures affect the way I look?
A. Yes. Over time bone shrinks and tissues collapse which affect a person’s appearance, often in a negative way. The chin protrudes, the lips appear to sink in and more wrinkles appear. By bringing a patient back to their proper dimensions all these problems can be alleviated and can result in a younger, more aesthetically pleasing look.
Q. Yes, but I still want to look like myself. Can you make my dentures look like my natural teeth?
A. Yes, that is often a possibility. During the construction of new dentures we ask our patients for input on how they would like their teeth to look. From shape and colour, to diastemas (spaces) and overlapping, our patients have a say in the overall look of their new teeth. We also offer a try- in appointment where the patient can try in the work in progress and see if they would like any changes made before the finished product is made.
Q. How often should I clean my dentures?
A. Dentures should be cleaned twice a day and left in an overnight soaking solution. And remember, toothpaste is for your natural teeth, not your dentures!
Q. I broke my denture. I don’t want anyone to see me without a smile. Am I going to have to wait a long time to get it fixed?
A. One of the benefits of our onsite lab is a significantly shorter waiting period. Often repairs can be made in as little as 1 hour. It is important to never attempt to repair a denture on your own. Super glue for example not only contains harmful chemicals and may alter the fit of a denture resulting in additional costs to you.
Q. How long does it take to get a new set of dentures?
A. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks once the initial impression is taken.
Q. I am tired of my lower denture moving around. Is there anything I can do to stop this?
A. Yes! Loose dentures can be remedied with the addition of implants placed by a dental surgeon. Your Denturist will fit dentures over implants to provide stability, increase chewing force, reduce sore spots, and decrease bone loss.