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What is a denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding gums. There are two types of dentures available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. You can also be given an immediate denture. These dentures are used when you are having teeth removed. They are placed into the mouth as soon as the tooth/teeth are extracted so you never have to be without teeth.
How long will my denture last?
Dentures don't last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don't fit as well, so it's important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last.
How much do they cost?
The cost of a complete or partial denture depending on the type of denture you need and want. All dentures are not created equal. At your initial consultation you will be provided with a quote before any further treatment is provided.
Will anyone be able to know that I'm wearing dentures?
Usually not. Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth. You will be able to speak, chew and look just like someone with natural teeth. We recommend that our patients bring in a photo of themselves with their original teeth so we have a better understanding what you need.
How long will it take me to get used to my new dentures?
It will take some time to get used to your dentures and everyone is different. The muscles of your cheeks and tongue need to learn to keep your dentures in place. It will become more comfortable with time but early on you may have some soreness or irritation which will settle once you have adjusted to your new dentures.
Will it affect what I can eat?
At first, it will affect your ability to eat. As with anything new it will take time to prefect it. Don't be hard on yourself as it will take time. It can be a little uncomfortable while adjusting and it is a good idea to practice with soft small pieces of food.
Will dentures change the way I speak?
You may have some difficulty saying certain words. With practice and time you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture. We recommend spending extra time practising on those hard to say words.
Will I look the same with new dentures?
Dentures may even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance.
Should I take my dentures out when I go to sleep?
Usually it is recommended to remove your dentures while you sleep but it is on an individual basis. Your dental prosthetist will discuss this with you. It is a good idea to leave your dentures out of at least 8 hours a day to give the tissue supporting your denture a chance to rest. Your dentures should be stored in plain water overnight to stop them from drying out.
What should I do if my dentures hurt?
If you notice your dentures are hurting, you need to contact the clinic and arrange an appointment. Usually when you are first issued with new dentures you may develop some sore spots. To rectify these issues, leave the dentures in your mouth for as long as possible before you come in for your appointment. When you come in for the appointment and we can then see what is causing the problem and fix these issues with slight adjustments.
How do I keep my dentures clean?
When your dentures are issued you will be provided with a starter pack which includes a daily denture care information leaflet and a sample of Polident denture cleanser. The best way to clean your denture is either holding them over a sink filled with water or over a folded towel in case you drop them it will save them from being damaged. Never use regular tooth paste as it will damage your dentures.
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