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New Dentures in Victoria, BC

Precision Equilibrated Complete and Partial Dentures


Adjusting to a new denture may take several days, weeks, or in rare cases, months. Adjustment time depends on the severity of changes made to correct the years of bone loss and denture wear. Should you encounter any problems with your new denture, please refer to these instructions.


You may find yourself lisping, whistling, or generally having speech difficulties. In time, as you adapt to the new dentures, your speech will return to normal. You can shorten the adjustment period by reading aloud; repeating the difficult words over and over again until you master them.


New dentures may cause your mouth to produce excessive saliva that can, in turn, cause nausea. Keep a small (sugarless) candy in your mouth; this will make you swallow more often and help the saliva flow to return to normal amounts. You may gag a bit on the denture(s) at first, however, the only way to alleviate this reaction is to keep the denture in your mouth until the reflex ceases. Sipping water may also help to control gagging.


Perhaps the biggest challenge you will face with your new dentures is (re) learning how to eat. New eating skills must be developed because the position, size, and shape of your dentures are at least slightly different than your previous denture or natural teeth. Start by eating soft foods, then as you get accustomed to your dentures, return to your usual diet. Stay away from bulky, sticky, or hard foods and cut food into smaller portions. Try to chew on both the left and right sides of the back teeth at the same time to help balance the denture. Only use the front teeth for biting things off, not for chewing.


Dentures can restrict blood flow to the gums due to their form, fit and the pressure of biting. Reduced blood flow is one of the causes in accelerated bone loss. Less bone = less fit!

Taking your dentures out at night

Your gums and natural teeth will remain healthier if you remove your dentures while you are sleeping. Taking your dentures out at night allows your ridges to have a break from the compression of constant denture wearing and improves circulation to your gums. If you have no natural teeth, brush your gums and tongue daily with a very soft toothbrush to keep them clean and healthy. It is best to do this before going to bed in the evening. When your dentures are out of your mouth, make sure to keep them in water.

” |I don’t want to take my dentures out at night!

If you choose to leave your dentures in at night or your dental professional has instructed you to leave them in, then follow this regime
 Remove your dentures at least 2x per day (the best time is when cleaning your dentures). Have a soft bristled toothbrush for brushing your gums and tongue. Brush them gently for 1 minute. This action will bring vital blood to the surface of the tissue, thus removing waste products and bringing nutrients to the cells.


Make sure to wear dentures on in matched sets. Upper and lower dentures from different pairs are not interchangeable. If you have a partial denture, place the denture in your mouth using your fingers – do not ‘bite’ them into place. Switching back and forth from the new set to old dentures will hinder proper adaptation and adjustment to the new dentures. Keep one set of old dentures as your ’emergency’ dentures. These can be stored in an airtight container. Before storing, be sure to disinfect the dentures in a solution of bleach (1 tbsp) and water (4 cups) for about 1/2 hour or straight mouthwash for 1/2 hour. Be sure that they are dry before storing.


 Brush your dentures after every meal and soak them at least once a week in a commercial denture cleaner. If you have a partial denture, remove it and brush your natural teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Do not use regular toothpaste on a full or partial denture as it will scratch the finish off the denture and damage it. Use products specifically designed to clean dentures.

 Do not soak your dentures in boiling hot water as it can warp the plastic. Do not soak your dentures in bleach; it is especially harmful to the metal in dentures and to soft liners.
If you get a buildup of a hard mineral-like deposit (it may appear whitish, yeller, or stained brown) that you can’t seem to get off of your dentures, soak them overnight in regular household vinegar. The vinegar is a weak acid that will soften the buildup without harming the denture. In the morning, brush off as much buildup as you can, and, if necessary, repeat several nights in a row until the buildup is gone.

Remember, a denture is a prosthesis just like an artificial limb or eye and cannot be expected to function in the same manner as natural teeth. As we age, our bone ridges continue to shrink so every successive denture has less and less to hold onto.

New dentures take time to settle in, so please be patient and give yourself time to adjust. As your dentures settle, you may find a sore spot or two. Please do not try to adjust your dentures yourself. If you are too uncomfortable, please remove your dentures until you are able to come in for an adjustment. If you have discomfort or questions, please do not hesitate to call the Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114 to book an appointment.

Getting a New Denture in Victoria, BC

Westshore Denture Clinic offers a quality denture in the Victoria, BC region. You’ll get precision dentures at Westshore as they offer Ivoclar Vivadent denture teeth which are designed to provide you with a true-to-nature smile based on your individual facial characteristics and personality. Learn more about denture Victoria, BC services at denturecliniclangford.com or call Kim at 250-478-2114 and book a free consultation with one of our dentures specialists. We accept all Canadian insurance plans, have free denture patient parking and offer same day adjustments if you are in need.

Have you been considering dentures recently? If you live in or around the Victoria BC area, The Westshore Denture Clinic can improve your smile and give you a boost of self confidence. The Westshore Denture Clinic uses the most modern equipment and materials available to provide their patients with the highest quality precision dentures that offer a perfect fit and require fewer adjustments. As a professional Denturist, Cole Merkley understands that each person is an individual with unique needs, wants and concerns. As such, he and his team provide patient-centered care in an environment that is welcoming, service-oriented and professional.

The Westshore Denture Clinic is able to accommodate many different special requests and welcomes out of town patients and those with particular scheduling needs. Denturist Cole Merkley has over 30 years of experience as a Denturist and ‘smile stylist’ and would love to give you the smile you look forward to sharing.

There are several types of dentures Victoria, BC servicecs available from The Westshore Denture Clinic. Denturist Merkley encourages each patient to book a free consultation to determine your needs.

Westshore Denture Clinic offers affordable Immediate Dentures, which are dentures that are placed ‘immediately’ on your gums after your teeth have been extracted in the Victoria BC office. The denture is made by taking an impression of your mouth before your teeth are extracted and estimating the shape and size of your gums after extractions. There are really 3 types of options available in this regard.

– Option 1. This option does not involve an immediate denture. After your teeth are extracted, the gums are allowed to heal prior to proceeding with the fabrication of your denture. The advantage to waiting for your mouth to completely heal is that your denture will be certain to fit and function correctly. The disadvantage is you will have to go without teeth while your mouth heals. This may not be an acceptable option for many people.

– Option 2. The immediate denture is made with the intent that the denture will be rebased to fit your gums when your gums have completely healed. It is important to know that rebasing only addresses the fit surface of the denture. It does not address deficiencies in the occlusion (bite) or appearance. Depending on the amount of change that occurs during healing, a rebase may not be adequate to properly salvage the immediate denture and a new denture may be necessary.

– Option 3. This option involves the construction of a denture Victoria, BC for the upper and lower chewing function . The immediate denture would be made in the conventional manner. It would include in its original cost, all the adjustments and temporary linings necessary to address fit and function until your mouth is healed. At this time, a new denture would be made on your healed healthy gums which allows for optimal fit and functionality. This option would be the recommended treatment plan if there are numerous teeth to be removed.

The Westshore Denture Clinic in Victoria BC looks forward to serving all of your denture needs and welcomes your call at 250-478-2114. When you’re ready to book your free consultation, their team is ready to meet with you.