Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral to see a Denturist?
No, you do not need a referral. You may call us directly for a complimentary consultation and the first available appointment will be offered.
What is the difference between standard and precision dentures?
Denture materials can vary in quality and selection. Denture teeth come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, shades and degrees of hardness. A standard denture is made using basic materials with limited tooth shapes and shades; Standard denture teeth tend to wear down at a faster rate and need to be replaced more frequently. Precision dentures are made using high quality materials and wear resistant teeth, in combination with additional impressions and bite procedures that are not included with standard dentures fabrication.
What is Bone Loss?
When an adult tooth is removed and not replaced, jawbone deterioration may occur. Natural teeth are embedded in the jawbone and stimulate the jawbone through activities such as chewing and biting. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jawbone that anchors the teeth in the mouth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation, and begins to break down, or resorb. The body no longer uses or “needs” the jawbone, so it deteriorates and goes away. The rate the bone deteriorates, as well as the amount of bone loss that occurs, varies greatly among individuals. However, most loss occurs within the first eighteen months following the extraction, and continues throughout life.
Dentures do not provide any direct stimulation to the underlying alveolar bone. Over time, the lack of stimulation causes the bone to resorb and deteriorate. Conventional dentures rely on the bone to hold them in place and over time people often experience loosening of their dentures and problems eating and speaking. Eventually, bone loss may become so severe that dentures cannot be held in place even with strong adhesives. Dental implants will then be necessary to preserve the remaining bone and to hold the denture in place. Proper denture care, repair, and refitting are essential to maintaining oral health and preserving bone.
Why should I even consider getting dental implants?
Apart from being able to smile, eat, speak and look better; dental implants prevent the onset of poor facial profile due to loss of bone mass in your jaw bone.
Natural jaw bone is only designed to last approximately 30 years before it completely deteriorates and dental implants are not an option. Implants prevent bone loss by transmitting load forces during the chewing process down into the jawbone. The jawbone reacts to this loading by increasing the bone density. Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss and restore facial skeletal structure while significantly improving nutrition.
Do Denturists provide dentures over implants?
Yes, you should see your Denturist first for a consultation on implant options. Your Denturist will then refer you to an oral surgeon or implant specialist and will work in tandem to ensure a perfect fit and function.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are medical grade pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. Titanium is used in other surgical procedures such as knee and hip replacements. The implants act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth placement. Implants can secure one tooth (crown), several teeth, or replace a full upper or lower denture. Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia by a dental surgeon specializing in implantology.
Will it take time to get used to my new dentures?
Yes, remember that dentures are an artificial substitute for your natural teeth. As such, they can feel foreign at first until your oral cavity has adjusted to them. Some patients feel quite comfortable within a week, while others require a little longer. Be patient, and keep wearing your dentures. Some adjustments will be required. Your Denturist will support you through this transition period.
Will my speech be affected?
Yes, you may notice some minor differences in your speech. Lisping is not unusual. Don’t worry, your speech will return with practice. Reading aloud is an excellent exercise to speed up your progress.
Will dentures affect my ability to eat?
Chewing is a skill. You will go through an adaption phase. Starting with soft wholesome foods and gradually increasing the degree of hardness as you progress. Soon your full diet will be restored.
What is a Soft Liner?
Over time your gums will thin out making the nerve endings closer to the surface. These nerve endings can cause discomfort and pain when the hard denture acrylic presses against your gums. A soft liner is a medical grade material that can be added to a lower denture to provide comfort.
How often should I have a check-up?
Generally it is recommended that you have a check-up once a year. Denturists are trained to identify abnormalities in your mouth. They can refer you to an appropriate specialist if required. Tissues in your mouth change over time. Your dentures may require adjusting or refitting periodically. See your Denturist once a year to ensure your dentures continue to fit well.