Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you may be anxious about your denture appointment. Don’t worry! We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Prior to booking your appointment with us, you can read a few questions that we have added here. For further details or to understand what our services include, contact Bite-Rite Denture Clinic. We have clinics in Raymond and Blairmore for your convenience.
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Why should I see a denturist?
A denturist is a professional that works with dentures every day and is specifically trained in both the clinical and laboratory procedures related to dentures. He/she will be familiar with all aspects of making a perfect set of dentures.
At Bite-Rite Denture Clinic, the denturist who works with you at each appointment will be the same person who is going to make your dentures in our on-site lab, so you can be sure that your final dentures will work for you. We can also complete same-day repairs and relines, thanks to our on-site facility.
I have lost weight and I notice my dentures are not fitting anymore. Is this normal?
Losing weight can cause your dentures to become loose. When you lose weight, your entire body changes, including your mouth and gums. This affects the fit of the denture and can cause them to become uncomfortable. This can even make eating a day-to-day life struggle. Loose dentures can be fixed by a denture reline. Denture adhesive are known to mask the looseness of your dentures. However, your dentures will still not be functional or give you the appearance that you deserve. At Bite-Rite Denture Clinic, we can provide same-day denture relines with our on-site lab facility.
Do I have to replace my dentures?
Yes, you have to consider replacing your dentures as they will not last indefinitely. Denture teeth and the base will wear and stain, and the tissues in your mouth are continually changing – this will require adjustments, relines and eventually new dentures.
Our college recommends that the average life of a patient’s dentures do not exceed 5-7 years. However, factors such as patient preference or tolerance, habits, and the length of time that you have worn the dentures can all affect the life span. Old or ill-fitting dentures can cause your facial features to change, increase sore spots, and the risk of breakage. An annual exam is a great way to assess the condition of your dentures. Book now.
What should I avoid eating with dentures?
Biting into foods regularly can make dentures become loose. Foods including sandwiches (soft bread), nuts, raw fruits and vegetables become more challenging to eat with dentures. As you get used to your dentures, you will learn the skills required for eating your favorite foods. We recommend starting with foods that don’t require much chewing, such as potatoes and pasta. Over time, your tongue will adjust and allow you to hold the denture. Cutting your food into smaller pieces, chewing on both sides of your mouth at the same time, and relying on your back teeth to chew will help.
While denture adhesive will help hold your denture in place, denture implants should be considered for increased confidence and larger food selection options.
Will new dentures make me look different?
Dentures play a major role in your appearance. If dentures are poorly made or ill-fitting, they can change your appearance for the worse. Sagging face, crooked jaw and sunken lips are common complaints by patients with old or poorly-made dentures. Dentures that are fabricated correctly, or implant-supported, can improve your appearance. Contact us today to examine your dentures and explore your options.
Should I wear my new dentures while I sleep?
No, it is recommended that you remove your denture for at least eight hours every day. This will allow for the normal situation and cleansing of your gum tissues by your tongue and saliva. We suggest that after you remove your dentures, you brush them thoroughly and place them in a denture bath with a bath cleansing tablet. However, if you find it challenging to remove your dentures while sleeping, contact our office for some solutions.
I would like to have my teeth extracted and dentures placed immediately. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing it this way?
The most obvious advantage is that you will not have to go without teeth. You will also find that an immediate denture will act similar to a bandage on your gums, helping you control bleeding and swelling after the extraction procedure.
The main drawback of an immediate denture is the fit because it must be fabricated before your natural teeth are extracted. It also does not allow you to try out your denture to verify the appearance.
My upper denture fits well, but my lower denture is always loose? Why is this happening?
Lower dentures are typically always loose. The upper denture uses the palate for suction, but the lower dentures do not have a stable surface to rest on. After teeth are extracted, the lower jaw shrinks or resorbs at a rate 4 times faster than the upper jaw. As the lower jaw shrinks, the lower denture comes in closer contact with muscle attachments that cause it to dislodge.
How often do my dentures need to be replaced?
On average, dentures should be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Resorption causes your face, jaw and tissues to change over time. As dentures are made of rigid material, they cannot adapt to these physical changes. The following signs may indicate that you need new dentures:
You are unable to use your dentures most of the time
Thinning lips, sagging mouth
Sore, irritated tissues
Problems chewing certain foods (digestion problems)
Persistent cracks in the corners of your mouth
Bone (ridge) loss
Lower jaw sticking out more than it used to
Dentures are cracked, discoloured, chipped, broken or have an odour
Headaches, ear or neck pain