The most important thing for getting a denture you will be happy with is to find a professional who is experienced and well qualified to design a superior denture for you. In addition, you need a professional who will take the time to understand your needs and concerns and give you a personalized service. A lot of patients go to their dentist who takes impressions and then sends the work order to a lab and your denture is made by technicians, who have never met you. This usually results in a less than optimal denture for you when it comes to fit, function and comfort.
At our clinic, we provide personalized and friendly service. Each of our dentures is carefully crafted to fit your needs. We take pride in the quality of our dentures. Our Denture Specialist, with over 25 years of experience, personally designs your dentures. All laboratory work is done on the premises, which ensures high quality, prompt service with personalized attention.
As newly inserted dentures settle in the mouth, very often they may cause soreness in the underlying tissues. If you experience discomfort with your new dentures, you should return to your Denturist so he/she can do the necessary adjustments in the denture to relieve the irritating pressure points. In some cases, several of these adjustments have to be made to eliminate any discomfort.
However, no adjustments can compensate for a poorly designed or constructed denture. In our office, we often see patients who have had their dentures produced elsewhere and who came to us complaining from severe discomfort. Ill-fitting dentures are hard to fix, and a new denture is often the only solution. For many of these patients, we made new dentures, providing them with the fit, comfort and look they needed. See the Testimonials page for some of the feedback we have received.
Your mouth is constantly changing. Inspect your denture regularly for worn teeth. Be sure to visit us regularly as part of your recommended check up schedule. When in doubt, call us. We are happy to take a look and recommend options. Below are some general things to consider:
- Dentures are designed for a snug fit. Should your dentures become loose, book a consultation with us as soon as possible. Loose dentures can cause excessive friction and pressure toward the gum tissues and bones, resulting in painful sore spots and bone shrinkage.
- Your denturist can make adjustments or reline your denture or partial denture, often in one visit.
- Certain medications can affect denture fit and function so be sure to discuss this with your doctor and dental professional.
- Most dental insurance policies cover new dentures every 5 years.
- Dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years for ultimate aesthetics, fit, comfort and function.
The average lifespan of dentures is about 5-7 years. Of course, this changes from individual to individual. Once the dentures become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear, they have to be replaced. As well, the mouth naturally changes with age. The bone and soft tissues shrink, causing the jaws to align differently.
Prolonged use of ill-fitting dentures can irritate the tissues, tongue and cheek, and even cause the ridges to shrink to the point where it is almost impossible to fit you with normal dentures. Loose dentures can also cause sores and make chewing difficult. They may also change your facial features. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.
- The mouth is the first part of the digestive system. If you cannot chew food in the mouth then that important first part of the digestive process is missing. The result of not being able to chew your food can be seen in the digestion and processing of food and absorption of nutrients and your body no longer functions at its best.
- Restoring your smile.
- Maybe you have a few natural missing teeth and maybe you are not thinking about filling those spaces in. Then the remaining teeth will have to do more chewing which increases the wear and tear on them, which makes them drift toward the missing spaces and out of alignment. This causes additional tooth loss. A denture will prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting into spaces and ensure that the biting force is spread throughout your whole mouth and take the stress off your remaining teeth.
- People with missing back teeth develop a habit of nibbling on the remaining front teeth, over time those teeth wear down and the facial profile changes. The lower jaw moves further forward and the chin sticks out. The lips become thinner and the sides of the mouth begin to droop. The cheeks develop a hollowed look and the lower third of the face looks aged. All of these things can be prevented by wearing a denture – some people call it a non surgical face-lift.
One of the most common reasons people consider dental implants is because an unstable lower denture makes chewing and talking difficult. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or to provide support for a denture. Dental implants provide security and comfort when chewing or talking. They are an ideal option for people who enjoy good general oral health and have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. Consult our office to discover how dental implants will improve the quality of your life.