Dentures FAQs

When does someone need dentures?

Dentures are a removable prosthetic used to replace a few or even all of your missing teeth. Historically, dentures were used as a final course of treatment, when no other options were available to repair or restore a patient’s teeth.

How long do dentures last?

As with any dental restoration, dentures will need go be checked, repaired and replaced periodically.

What are Implant Retained Dentures?

For a denture to be successful, it needs retention, resistance and stability. After wearing dentures for some period, any of these factors can be compromised. Placing a few implants will restore denture retention and resistance, and because the denture has new ‘anchors’, they are more stable.The dentures and the attachment mechanism (small plastic clips) will need to be replaced periodically to ensure a good fit. An implant denture is still removable to ensure thorough cleaning.

What are Immediate Dentures?

Immediate dentures are delivered right after teeth extraction. These do give you the option of an timely aesthetic, but they can be hard to fit. Over time your bone and gums will change in shape , and the denture will need multiple refittings and relinings. They are NOT considered a good option for most patients

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture replaces a few of your missing teeth and are retained by hooking to your existing remaining teeth.

What is Digital Denture?

Digital Dentures are the newest development in dentistry. They require different processes and materials than traditional materials. They are computer designed and milled from materials that have been previously cured. This ensures that a better fit and increased durability. The materials can also be highly polished, which limits the amount of food and odor causing bacteria that can stick to it. Lastly, the exact specifications of your dentures are retained as a digital file. If they are lost or damaged a new set can be made with the push of a button.

How Quickly will I Adjust when Wearing Dentures?

If they are well constructed, adjustment can be quick. Typically, all first time denture wearers require a longer period to become accustomed to wearing something removable in their mouth.

Will my Appearance be Affected By Wearing a Denture?

Your appearance should be enhanced by dentures that are well constructed.

Will Dentures Affect My Speech?

After the adjustment period, well constructed dentures will not affect your speech.

Will people know I wear dentures?

A well made denture, that is stable in the mouth is not easily detected.

Do I Need to See the Dentist Regularly if I have Full Dentures?

You will need to see a dentist regularly even with dentures. Your dentist will evaluate the fit of your dentures, the status of the supporting base and evaluate any signs of changes to your gums or signs of irritation.