Denture Questions

Your precision dentures are a prosthetic device and, unfortunately, will never have exactly the same feel as your real teeth once did. Initially, your dentures may
feel uncomfortable, may cause you to gag a bit, and could also cause sore spots that will require your dentures be adjusted. They may also feel awkward and
even loose, especially the lower denture, until your cheek muscles and tongue learn to keep them in place. You may also notice excess saliva in your mouth.
However, like any prosthetic device, with patience and perseverance your dentures will eventually begin to feel like they are your new real teeth.
Yes. It is very common to return to your Victoria Denturist because of a “sore spot.” Your natural gums were not meant to have hard plastic resting on them as dentures
do. These sore spots are normal and can be relieved by a few small adjustments. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, and your dentures are
fitted properly, the sore spots should gradually lessen. It is important that you do not try to adjust your denture by yourself. You may jeopardize the
fit, function and guarantee of your dentures.
Becoming comfortable with eating may take some practice, as a denture is essentially a hard-plastic appliance used to replace as many
as 32 living teeth. When first wearing new dentures, avoid hard foods in favour of softer and non-fibrous foods. Try taking smaller bites keeping the food
on both sides to balance the dentures until you develop your favourite side. You will need to gradually introduce more solid foods to your diet, in order
to avoid discomfort and sore spots. With practice and patience you will soon be able to enjoy most foods.
At first you may notice subtle differences in your speech, such as a lisp. By practicing reading out loud and enunciating clearly,
you will learn how to speak clearly with your new dentures.
Lower dentures generally require more time to get used to. This is because your tongue, cheeks and lower jaw muscles must all learn
to work with your new appliance. As well, there is much less bone structure to support your denture which makes them feel looser than the upper denture.
A yearly check-up of your denture is recommended. This is important for your general oral health, and to monitor any changes with the
fit or health of your gums and dentures. As with the rest of your body the changes that occur in the mouth are constant. The supporting bone structure in your
mouth can be affected by the use of certain medications, weight loss, your general health and especially by poor fitting dentures. These can all affect the
fit of your dentures or sometimes called false teeth.
The change that occurs in your mouth after your teeth are extracted is referred to as gum/bone resorption or shrinkage. As the jaw
bone changes and the ridges that the dentures rest on shrink, there is less stability in the mouth. This means greater space between your teeth, a loss of
lip and cheek support, and a looser fit. To counter the problem of gum/bone resorption, relines or rebases are recommended every two years. Relines can be
done in as little one day. In the morning you will have a new impression taken with your denture remaining in your mouth. I then remove the old base,
construct a new base that fits your mouth in its present shape and your proper fitting denture will be ready to be picked up later in the afternoon.
The College of Denturists of BC recommends that you replace your denture every five years. This is because a person’s mouth and gums
are in a constant state of change. Because your denture is a hard appliance, it cannot adjust to the changes in your mouth by itself! The artificial teeth
wear down, and the denture does not support the face as it did when it was new. This leads to an older, “sunken” look in the face, discomfort, and lack of
proper function. When your dentures begin to feel too loose, become uncomfortable or when you notice a visible change in your appearance, it is time to call
your Victoria Denturist and have your dentures replaced!
Worn out dentures can cause permanent damage, compromising the health of the denture wearer. Some possible effects are: headaches,
neck and joint pain, difficulty chewing, poor digestion and dietary problems, sunken face, over-closing of the jaw, irritated and as well as premature
bone loss, due to ill-fitting dentures. Over-closing of the jaw will result in a premature aged look and reduced chewing strength.
Yes! Absolutely. The partial lower denture provides stability for your upper denture which will also improve the upper denture’s fit.
Without that balance, chewing function is also significantly compromised and when food is not adequately chewed, digestive issues become common. When you
don’t have sufficient stability and function between the upper and lower teeth, teeth which were not designed to withstand the force of chewing become
repeatedly traumatized which, in turn, can lead to significant bone and even tooth loss.

At the Westshore Denture Clinic, we use Ivoclar Phonares denture teeth that are made from a highly durable acrylic resin Nano hybrid composite. The SR Ivocap® denture base offer a number of advantages including:

  • reduced irritation to the gums reduced chance of breakage
  • less odor-causing plaque and bacteria
  • a comfortable fit with no denture adhesive needed
  • do not stain, distort taste, collect odors or irritating bacteria.

Ivoclar Phonares denture teeth are also natural looking so you can smile, speak and laugh with confidence.

Your mouth, just like the rest of your body, changes over time and is influenced by a multitude of factors including your general
health, smoking, oral hygiene and some medications. As a result, there is not a removable prosthesis made for the mouth that is permanent. Dentures made
today do not typically “wear out” because the teeth are made of a very durable premium acrylic resin Nano hybrid composite. Instead, the need to replace
your dentures is most often a direct result of the ongoing changes in the oral structures of your mouth. Changes in the bone structure and the soft tissues
of your mouth will require that adjustments, relines and rebases are made to your dentures in order to ensure proper fit and function. Eventually, usually
between 5 to 7 years, the changes that have occurred in your mouth over time will require new dentures to ensure that proper fit , chewing function and
comfort is maintained.
Becoming comfortable with eating may take some practice, as a denture is essentially a hard-plastic appliance used to replace as many
as 32 living teeth. When first wearing new dentures, avoid hard foods in favour of softer and non-fibrous foods. Try taking smaller bites keeping the food
on both sides to balance the dentures until you develop your favourite side. You will need to gradually introduce more solid foods to your diet, in order
to avoid discomfort and sore spots. With practice and patience you will soon be able to enjoy most foods.
Reports show many implants can last 20 years or more with proper care and regular yearly check- ups with your dental professionals.
Your general health, oral hygiene, smoking, grinding your teeth and poor fitting dentures can reduce the life expectancy of your implants. Some parts of the
implant retentive components may need replacing over time because of wear.
Cost is directly related to the quality of materials and the procedures involved in the construction of the dentures. A premium
quality, proper fitting, and natural looking denture takes more time to make, has better quality components and therefore costs more.
An immediate denture is placed “immediately” on your gums after your teeth have been extracted. Follow this link for a full description of immediate dentures.
I have heard a variety of horror stories over the years about denture treatment that has gone wrong. While I use a variety of
techniques and procedures to ensure this doesn’t happen to my patients, it is important to recognize that replacing a part of the human anatomy is a great
deal more complicated than attempting to replace a part in your car. When there is a problem with a new denture it will typically be one of two things.
It may be that the appearance does not meet your expectations or that the ‘bite’ is incorrect. The wax try-in phase of denture fabrication is crucial to
insure that the end result of the new smile we are creating is exactly the way you want it to be. At this point any changes in the appearance are easily
made and digital photographs can be used to help you be more objective in critiquing your smile. I will also provide you with a check list of items that
are typically of most concern regarding appearance and you are welcome to bring someone to your appointment whose opinion you trust. You can also take the
try-in home to look at it in more familiar surroundings with your family and/or friends. Once you are satisfied, the teeth in your new denture will be set
in exactly the same position as they were in the wax try-in; they will literally be set in stone. This insures that your new smile will look exactly the way
you expected it to. It is important to note that ‘the bite’ or the matching of your centric occlusion to your jaw’s centric relation is the most critical
aspect of successful denture construction. I use a variety of extremely accurate and very dependable procedures and techniques throughout the process to
ensure that the jaw relationship is determined accurately. The wax try-in stage provides another opportunity to ensure that the jaw relationship is
correct. The jaw, unlike other joints in our body, is not a bone to bone relationship but a bone to muscle relationship and, as such, it is subject to
positional variance. Poor fitting dentures can create an acquired or learned bite relationship that can change again after the new dentures are made.
Typically these changes can be compensated for with a process called equilibration. This matches the jaw’s new position to the denture’s position. If
the position is dramatically different or the bite position was missed altogether in the construction phase it may be necessary to construct a new denture.
Luckily, this happens very rarely, however if it should, all of the procedures necessary to achieve a final successful result will be provided at no
additional charge.

Some everyday tips you can use to ensure greater comfort and longer lasting dentures:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating.
  • Brush your dentures daily using a denture brush and soap or a proper denture foam or cream.
  • Do not use conventional toothpaste as it is abrasive and will cause micro scratching of your denture surface.
  • Soak dentures using the instructions provided with the cleaner you are using. Wash all denture cleaner off of dentures with soap and water before putting them back into your mouth.
  • Schedule a yearly check up with your denturist to ensure proper oral hygiene, fit and function is maintained.

Use a Denture Brush

      A denture brush is made specifically to clean all areas of a denture. Use a tooth brush for cleaning your natural teeth. An ordinary toothbrush can be used to clean dentures as long as all of the curved denture areas are cleaned carefully as well.

Make sure your work surface is accident proof
In order to ensure that dentures don’t drop if they dropped into the sink, put a small towel or face cloth at the bottom of the sink and fill up the sink with a small amount of water. This will cushion the denture should it slip out of your hand. Brush your dentures with your dominant hand and hold your dentures gently with your non-dominant hand. Don’t squeeze your dentures too much – they can break!

Use warm water and a good denture cleaner
You can purchase a cleaner specifically designed to clean your dentures or use a mild soap or gentle, non-toxic cleaning product. Please don’t use regular toothpaste or an abrasive cleaner – they will scratch your denture and these scratches create areas for bacteria to grow.

Brush, Brush, Brush
Using your dominant hand, hold the denture brush and brush each area of the denture. Pay special attention to all the grooved and curved areas. Remember though that your denture is breakable – don’t brush too vigorously!

Brush any remaining cleaner and debris away from your denture by brushing and rinsing your denture under running water. You can often tell if there is still plaque on the surface of your denture by running your finger over the surface area of the denture.

Soaking your Dentures
In order to remove stains and debris from your denture, soak your dentures in a chemical solutions specifically designed for dentures. Professionally formulated denture products are often very efficient at limiting bacterial contamination.

Take out your Dentures
Your gums need oxygen to heal and restore themselves. Taking your dentures out at night is optimal to ensure your gums receive the rest and oxygen they need to remain healthy. Soak your dentures in professional denture cleaning solution while they are out of your mouth or at the very least keep them moist until they can be properly cleaned.

Use a proper container
Denture containers should have a fitted cover in order to keep them safe from dropping while they are soaking.

Follow denture cleaning instructions
Make sure that you follow the instructions listed onyour denture cleaner for preparation and soaking time. Warm water is always best to encourage cleaning. Do NOT use hot water as it can alter the shape of your denture.

Cover the denture with Cleaning Solution
Completely submerge the denture in the cleaning solution and ensure that all parts of your denture are in the water and are NOT exposed to air.

Rinse in the Morning
Your dentures should always be rinsed and brushed after they are taken out of the solution and put back into your mouth.

Keeping your Denture Container Clean
Your denture container needs to be emptied and cleaned everyday or it will become another source of bacteria for your denture. Ensure the used denture cleaning solution is emptied out and clean the container thoroughly.

Use Liquid dish soap or Hand Soap

      Mild liquid hand soaps or liquid dish soaps do a very good job of cleaning dentures – especially if they are antibacterial. use a soft tooth brush or a specially designed denture brush for cleaning your dentures. They are both available at most drugstores.

Stay away from toothpaste
The abrasiveness of toothpaste can damage your denture and scratch your denture. These scratches can then allow odors, discoloration and bacteria to further damage your denture and your health.

Use towels when cleaning your denture
Dentures can break if dropped into a sink. Towels can help cushion the fall.

Buy an Ultrasonic Cleaner or visit your Denturist and have your teeth cleaned
Ultrasonic cleaners are sold in many hardware and housewares stores and will clean in all those areas that are hard to brush. They are relatively inexpensive (under $100) and clean by emitting high frequency vibrations.

Take your dentures our at night
Dentures should be taken out while you sleep. This allows your saliva the time necessary to clean and sanitize your mouth. Wearing your dentures at night can lead to jaw bone loss, loose teeth and increased risk of infection. If you detect persistent mouth odors, white bacteria on the upper part of the denture that sits on the roof (palate) of your mouth, redness or inflammation of your palate, make sure you contact your Dentist.

Hot/Boiling Water can Damage Dentures
While it might seem like a good idea to use boiling water to clean your dentures and kill any bacteria present, boiling water will alter and distort the plastic part of your denture. Warm, room temperature water works well.

Bleach is NOT a Denture Cleaner
Bleach is a toxic substance and should not be ingested in any way. Bleach can also damage your denture by causing some of the materials to deteriorate while also whitening areas that should look like gum tissue and can leave a very strong odor.

Oral Hygiene
Cleaning any remaining natural teeth, gum ridges and tongue with a brush and toothpaste should still be important parts of your oral hygiene regime.

Remove after Eating
It is advised that you rinse or preferably clean your dentures after each time you eat.

Be gentle
Hold your dentures gently while cleaning to ensure that the plastic or the clasps don’t become damaged or bent.

Clean your dentures at least once every 24 hours
Your dentures need to be soaked and brushed every day in order to remove food, debris and plaque from your dentures. Remember – denture cleaners are not designed to be used inside your mouth. They are powerful cleaners and should not be ingested. They also taste terrible!

Overnight Soaking is Best
Most kinds of dentures require moisture to keep their shape. Soaking them overnight with a professional strength denture cleaner is always the best practice. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and rinse well before putting them back in your mouth. These cleansers can contain chemicals that may cause vomiting, pain or burns if ingested.

See your Dental Professional Regularly
Your Denturist will inform you how often your dentures should be examined and cleaned professionally. Since your mouth changes gradually just like the rest of your body, seeing your Denturist regularly can help ensure your dentures fit comfortably and function effectively over time. Your precision Denturist can also examine the inside of your mouth to ensure that it’s healthy. If your dentures are loose or causing irritation, it’s time to call your Denturist in Victoria.

A few things to avoid when cleaning your dentures:

  • Abrasive cleaning materials (salt or baking soda) or toothpaste made for natural teeth.
  • Whitening toothpastes (denture teeth cannot be whitened).
  • Bleach or products containing bleach.
  • Extremely hot water.

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Cole has given me back my smile. He is the consummate professional - empathetic, precise and skilled. My dentures are perfect and feel and look totally natural. He has always told me exactly what to expect at each stage of our dealings. I have every confidence in his abilities. It was always a pleasure to hear Kim's cheery voice on the phone to remind me of an appointment. A great combination of talents.

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