Because we understand that getting fitted for dentures for the first time can be an overwhelming transition, Shreve Denture Clinic believes in the importance of educating our patients. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of our frequently asked questions and answers for you to browse. Should you not find the answer to your specific question listed on this page, feel free to contact our office today via phone or email. A member of our staff would be more than happy to assist you!
Q. Do I have to be referred by a dentist to see a denturist?
A. No, you don’t need a referral to come see us at Shreve Denture Clinic! Many of our referrals come from past and present patients. We always welcome new patients at our Leamington office, and our consultations are free.
Q. Will dentures make me look different?
A. Dentures may improve your smile, but generally they’re made to resemble your natural teeth. At Shreve Denture Clinic we work with you to select the shape and colour of your teeth, which you then will be able to see and approve before the dentures are fabricated. When being fitted for dentures, it’s important to look in the mirror and ensure you like the way your new dentures will make you look and feel before they’re finished.
Q. Will dentures affect how I speak or eat?
A. You may find that you’ll have to practice pronouncing certain words to avoid experiencing a clicking noise while you’re speaking with dentures. It’s also not uncommon for your dentures to move slightly when you laugh, cough or smile. We recommend learning to speak slower and practice repositioning your dentures by gently biting down and swallowing.
Be aware that eating is also going to require some patience. You’ll need to start with softer foods cut into smaller pieces at first. You’ll probably have to learn to chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time. Once you’ve become more accustomed to eating with your dentures, you can resume your normal diet.
Q. What’s the difference between full, partial and immediate dentures?
A. Full (or complete) dentures replace all of your natural teeth, while partial dentures help bridge gaps between missing teeth. Immediate dentures are inserted into your mouth immediately after your natural teeth have been removed, while the other two types usually require a healing/adjustment period before being inserted.
Q. What do I do if my dentures are loose?
A. It’s normal for your tissue and bones to shrink a little bit over time, especially as you gain and lose weight. This may cause your dentures to loosen. If you find that your dentures are loose, they can be relined to make them fit comfortably again. However, sometimes you may need to get new dentures. As a general rule of thumb, if your dentures are more than a year or two old and you use denture adhesive but they’re still loose, it’s probably best to come in for a reline. We provide same-day relines in most cases at Shreve Denture Clinic.
Q. What does a denture adhesive do?
A. Denture adhesives may be used to keep your dentures in place, but they should never be thought of as a proper substitute for long-term comfortably-fitting dentures. If your dentures are worn and ill-fitting, you should consult with your denturist immediately for a reline or a replacement.
Q. Why do dentures need repaired/relined?
A. It’s a fact that your dentures will occasionally need to be repaired/relined to ensure a proper fit, particularly when you’ve lost or gained weight or as your bones and tissues shrink over time. Loose dentures will require a reline, which can usually be done within the same day/appointment.
Q. How long can I go without replacing my dentures?
A. The average lifespan on dentures is about five years, but this can vary on how well you take care of them. What you eat and your bone structure will be factors in determining how often you’ll need a replacement.
Q. How do I care for my dentures? Do I brush them like natural teeth?
A. If possible, you should clean your dentures after every meal. We advise removing them and rinsing them. You can also brush them lightly with a special denture brush and paste to remove debris, especially if you still have some natural teeth remaining. Don’t use regular toothpaste on your dentures – it’s too abrasive.
Another way to care for them is to soak them at night. Don’t let them dry out though – or they may warp. We import a specially developed denture soak called NovaDent and have it in stock for our patients to purchase. It’s also imperative that you keep up with good oral hygiene habits and try to eat a well-balanced diet to ensure your mouth remains in good health.
Q. Do implant-supported dentures hurt?
A. Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, the pain associated with a dental implant surgery is usually minor. In many cases, it’s far less intense than a tooth extraction.
Q. How should I care for a mouth guard?
A. Caring for a mouth guard usually requires washing it with soap and warm water. You can also soak your mouth guard in water or mouthwash before putting it away carefully in a well-ventilated plastic storage box. Never store your mouth guard in a place with access to direct sunlight or heat, as this will likely cause damages. It’s also not recommended that you bend it when it’s in storage, as this will also likely cause damages.
Q. How often do I require denture check-ups?
A. We recommend seeing your denturist at least once per year for a check-up to ensure your dentures still properly fit. During your check-up, we’ll inspect both your oral tissues and your dentures. It may also be necessary to come in for denture repairs, relines and adjustments from time to time. Whenever in doubt, call Shreve Denture Clinic to schedule an appointment!