Frequently Asked Questions
If you are missing teeth, having a denture inserted can help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your confidence. Dentures improve esthetics through proper lip and cheek support, as well as restoring proper function.
Time frame can vary from case to case, depending on the complexity. Generally, approximately 5-6 appointments are required to complete the new denture(s). The process requires taking accurate impressions of the gums, and precise measurements of the mouth, jaw, and related facial structures. Time is also taken to verify esthetics with the patient to provide optimal results.
Eating with dentures usually requires some practice. Some helpful tips include: starting with soft foods, taking small bites, and chewing on both sides of the mouth simultaneously.
There can be a learning curve related to speaking with dentures. Certain sounds do require some additional effort. Usually with time and practice, this can be overcome fairly quickly as your tongue becomes accustomed to it, providing the denture is fitting properly.
Custom fitting dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth, as well as improve certain esthetic options to enhance appearance. Properly fitting dentures support the cheeks and lips in a natural manner.
Because it often does not obtain suction in the mouth as does an upper denture, a lower denture usually takes more time to learn to control. Gum and bone support in the lower jaw is often much less, leading to a ‘looser’ fit. Learning to control your lower denture with your tongue, and chewing on both sides of your mouth are a few helpful tips. If still a problem, consult your denturist to ensure the denture is fitting properly or to examine other treatment options to obtain maximum stability.
A host of variables can affect how long a denture will last. Some of the more common ones are: changes in the oral tissues and bone, individual tolerances, quality of dentures (and materials used), and oral habits. Certain types of dentures, including temporary or acrylic partial dentures, and immediate dentures will often not be anticipated to last as long, as they are seen as an interim measure in an extended treatment plan.
Existing dentures can be relined or rebased to obtain a proper fit, usually on the same day. A denturist can diagnose whether this is a viable option for you.
If you have a broken denture, it is important to contact a denturist. Often, cracked or broken dentures can be repaired, usually on the same day
A combination of brushing with a proper denture brush, denture paste, and soaking the dentures in effervescent denture cleanser will help remove most stains. Consult your denturist for specific instructions, as it may vary on different types of dentures. Although strong in the mouth, dentures may break if dropped. We recommend you clean your dentures over a sink with some water in it, or a folded towel in case they are dropped.
We recommend your dentures be checked annually by your denturist to ensure proper fit. Diagnosing minor changes in the mouth, and relining/repairing minor issues before they become bigger ones, will not only keep your dentures fitting better and improve your health, it can often increase the lifespan of the dentures.
Yes, our office accepts most major dental insurance plans. Following consultation with our denturist, we forward an estimate for denture work to the insurance company for pre-approval. The client is then informed of the level of coverage prior to any work being completed.