FAQ

How long do dentures normally last?

Depending on the care given to them as well as other conditions, they can last about 5-10 years.

How often should I see my denturist?

In order to assure your dentures remain in a proper state for as long as possible, you should see your denturist every 1-2 years. If any problems arise, it is recommended to consult your denturist as soon as possible so as to avoid further development of the problem.

How often should I clean my dentures?

In order to maintain proper denture conditions and overall oral hygiene, they should be cleaned every day.

What are the recommended ways of cleaning dentures?

It is best to obtain products specific for dentures. Also, it is better to avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles as they can potentially damage your dentures.

Can I wear my dentures all the time? Should I take them off at night?

Dentures are not meant to be kept in the mouth at all times. They should definitely be taken out and cleaned every night before sleeping.

How long after pulling my teeth can I start wearing dentures? What will be the steps following the procedure?

The period between the pulling of teeth and the wearing of dentures can vary from no time at all (immediate input) to 3 weeks after.

You can have your teeth pulled out by your dentist, wait for the tissues to heal and then have dentures made for you and placed into your mouth. Another option, however, is to immediately start using dentures after teeth extractions by having the dentures made prior to the procedure. If you decide to go with the second option, I will make a mould of your teeth so as to see how your teeth align. During such a visit, you may also discuss with me any special requests you may have in regards to the aesthetics of your future dentures.

After the extraction of your teeth, you will experience swelling and perhaps discomfort. For this reason, it is best that the denturist be the one to adjust and remove your dentures for the first time the day following the procedure.
During about 8 to 12 months that follow the initial placement of your dentures, they will need to be maintained by your denturist. This is due to the fact that your gums will undergo changes: they will shrink resulting in the requirement for temporary liners and adjustments. By having your full smile, proper eating and speech capacities, you will be able to go to work and/or engage in your normal daily activities sooner.

Although getting immediate dentures may seem quite advantageous, we do not recommend it in most cases. For most individuals it can take up to two weeks (longer in certain cases depending on the oral condition of the patient, their diet, whether they smoke or not, etc.) for the gum to properly heal. Full recovery means swelling and irritations have completely subdued: this means the shape of the gum will change and the immediate dentures may not be comfortable and may require multiple adjustments. In many cases, the patient will need to acquire new dentures. Immediate dentures are recommended to individuals who absolutely cannot remain without teeth due to their work conditions, etc.

In order to know which method would be best for you, you will need to make an appointment and meet with the denturologist. She will recommend whatever is the absolute best for you.

How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial denture?

At first, that is to say for the first few weeks, your new partial denture might feel somewhat awkward or bulky in your mouth. However, you will eventually become accustomed to wearing it after those first few weeks. Furthermore, the insertion and the removal of dentures require practice. Make sure to follow all instructions given by your denturist so as to perform both with ease without damaging anything.

Are there foods that I will not be able to eat with my dentures?

No, you may continue eating as you did before, however the first few weeks may be a bit awkward and extremely sticky or hard food should be avoided. It is best to start with softer foods cut into smaller pieces than what you would normally eat. However, do not forget that even natural teeth are sensitive and must be taken care of, so think the same of your dentures and give them the best care.

What are the advantages of implants?

The presence of implants allow for decreased mobility of the dentures. They also prevent bone loss, removing the need for relining. Furthermore, you will also gain more chewing power which leaves you feeling more like the dentures are your own teeth.

Can a denturist implant or is there a specialist?

No, this procedure must be performed by an implantologist. However, the dentures are still made by the denturist.

Do insurances cover the cost of dentures?

Most do cover the cost of dentures but not 100% of them and perhaps not fully depending on the insurance.

Do insurances cover the cost of implants?

No, insurances do not cover the cost of implants.