Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Doesn't everyone know I'm wearing dentures? It's embarrassing.
This can be true if your dentures look unnatural or need re-fitting. People will know if your dentures are clicking or slipping, or if there is an unpleasant odor or stain. These can be signs of poor fit or neglect during home maintenance. Regular examinations by your denturist and following your denturist's instruction on the proper home care of dentures will insure a natural appearance. Confidence in wearing your dentures comes from realizing you have taken all the right steps to protect your oral health. Aesthetics are greatly improved today due to advancements in materials. If your dentures are more than seven years old, it may be time for an upgrade.



Question: Do dentures last forever?
Dentures are made from some of the most durable materials known to man. So are eyeglasses. Just as the conditions your eyesight change over time, so does the condition of your mouth. Replacing dentures at a regular interval, every five to seven years makes it possible to maintain a healthy natural smile. It also helps prevent interoral deterioration of the mouth. As a bonus, the fit of a new denture will be determined by the present condition of your mouth, improving comfort.



Question: Once you have dentures, do you need to see the denturist any more?
Like all things related to your health, dentures need attention. Important signs of denture condition include:

  • Looseness caused by tissue change
  • Bad odour caused by absorption of fluid and bacteria
  • Colour change due to age or reaction with mouth fluids
  • Stains and calculus deposits also caused by mouth fluids
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Headaches or sore necks caused by ill-fitting dentures.


Regularly scheduled visits to your denturist, where you can ask about these conditions or any other change in your dentures or mouth will keep you in tip-top oral health.



Question: I've heard that denture wearers can't eat normally or even speak properly. Is this true?
Although not every denture wearer can eat everything, most have very few restrictions in their diet. If you develop speech or eating problems that differ from the normal, you should have your denturist check the fit of your denture as soon as possible. Good nutrition is important at all stages of your life. Properly fitting dentures encourage you to eat a well-balanced diet allowing you to optimize your health. A good denture fit allows you to enjoy time dining with friends and family in a confident and pleasurable manner.



Question: Do I have to use adhesives to make my dentures fit so I can wear them all day?
This is a wrong assumption that can lead to trouble down the road. Dentures are made to fit precisely and usually do not require regular use of an adhesive for comfort. In an emergency, adhesives can be used for stability, but only until you see a denturist. Long term use of adhesives can mask infections and cause further bone loss in the jaw. A poorly fitting denture that irritates the gums over a long period may cause sores and tumours. If your dentures are loose or causing discomfort, don't try to "fix" the problem with an adhesive. Play it safe and get to your denturist immediately.



Question: Are dentures affected by over-the-counter and prescription medicines?
Drugs can affect denture fit and wearability. Some drugs can reduce the supply of saliva in your mouth, making it difficult to chew and swallow. You probably answered questions about medications on your first visit to your denturist, but it is important to inform your denturist if your prescription changes or if you have added a new medicine to your regular medications. Read the information sheet that is available for most drugs to learn about any side effects that may affect your dentures. Talk to your doctor if you think the medication is causing difficulty with your dentures. In addition, regularly scheduled visits to your denturist, where you can ask about these conditions or any other change in your dentures or mouth will help keep you in tip-top oral health.



Question: I am on a fixed income. Isn't regular denture care too expensive?
This is one of the things you need to discuss the first time you meet with your denturist. Be frank. Inquire about charges, for dentures, for adjustments, repairs and replacement cost if you already have dentures that are over 7 years old. Often your denturist will be able to create a flexible payment plan tailored to your income. Or, will know about insurance plans that you may be able to benefit from. If you are only 60, you may have another 30 years of eating, talking and smiling. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health.



Question: Can I do my own denture repairs?
Even if you are skilled at repairing cars or in the woodshop, do not attempt to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Improperly relined dentures can cause increased pressure on the jaw resulting in rapid loss of jawbone. Do-it-yourself reliners can irritate the soft tissue of your mouth. Worst case scenario, this do-it-yourself approach may cause irrepairable damage, resulting in the need for an expensive set of new dentures. Your denturist is your denture specialist. They will know the most effective and inexpensive way to repair your denture.



Question: Will I be without my teeth for days if I take my denture to the clinic for repairs?
One of the advantages of a denture clinic is that we have an in-house laboratory with up-to-date equipment and materials. Repairs can frequently be done the same day.



Question: My denture needs repair. I just don't want to go through a long adjustment period again. What can I do?
The first adjustment period is always the most difficult. You have worn dentures for a while now and have already learned to speak and eat while wearing a denture. While there will be some adjustment, it will be a shorter period and will be more comfortable. Prolonged use of ill-fitting dentures can irritate the the gums, tongue and cheeks. Your ability to chew will decrease and your face may acquire deep aging lines and wrinkles. When you consider this, a temporary adjustment period, may not seem so bad.