Dentures on Implants
Relines and Repairs
Complete Uppers & Lowers
Professional Denture Care
How often do I need to visit a denturist now that I have dentures?
You should visit your denturist at least once a year to confirm your dentures still fit and function properly and also to address any other issues that may arise. If you’re experiencing any significant change in bite or in level of comfort, you should make an appointment.
Why are my dentures becoming loose?
If your dentures are over 5 years old and have not been relined every 2 years, you are likely to experience problems with the fit of your dentures. Your gum tissue and jaw bone can shrink with time, causing the denture to become loose and resulting in a poor fit. Visit your denturist to determine the cause of your ill-fitting dentures.
I had immediate dentures made a week ago. I seem to be having difficulties getting used to my new dentures. Is this normal?
The tongue, cheek, and lip muscles must be trained to keep the dentures in place when chewing and speaking.
Learning to chew properly with new dentures can take about 6-8 weeks and require practice and determination. Start with soft food and cut everything into small pieces before eating.
Difficulty in speech and perhaps a lisp are common symptoms which usually correct in a short period of time. Sore spots may develop and can be relieved by your denturist. It takes a little time to speak normally with your new dentures. Reading out loud will help speed up the process.
What do I do if my dentures are causing soreness?
There might be an initial period of adjustment when you first get your dentures. However, if you do experience significant pain, contact us immediately. If there is discomfort after you’ve worn your dentures for a period of time, contact us to schedule a follow up appointment.
How long will my dentures last?
On average a denture is expected to last about 5 years. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you replace your denture every 5-7 years. This is because a person’s mouth and gums are in a constant state of change and there is no removable prosthesis made for the mouth that is permanent.
Can I leave my dentures in all night?
Yes, but your mouth needs a rest from denture wearing. Take your dentures out everyday for a brief time, 2 - 3 hours in a 24 hour period is recommended. A Denture Bath, a special water filled plastic container, is the best place to store them. This will prevent your dentures from drying out and affecting their fit.
How do I take care of my dentures?
The general rule is: brush, soak, brush.
· Clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel.
· Brush your dentures using a denture brush before soaking, to help remove any food.
· Using a denture cleaner will remove stubborn stains – always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Do
not use toothpaste or use bleach.
· Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with
your gums, especially if you use a denture fixative.
· Brush the dentures again.
· If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your denturist or hygienist.
It is extremely important to have your dentures professionally polished and cleaned on a regular basis.
Is there anything specific I need to do to care for my mouth?
Partial denture wearers must brush their teeth thoroughly every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to further teeth being lost.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft–bristled brush. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation of the tissues.
Jan W Lefeber • Denturist
COMOX DENTURE CLINIC
Suite 204 - 1819 Beaufort Ave. Comox BC 250.339.7233
Chelsea Wood • Denturist