How long will it take to make my dentures?
Creating dentures that fit well is a multi-step process that involves several chairside appointments as well as the laboratory procedures in between these appointments to fabricate the dentures. First, impressions of your mouth need to be taken.
The second appointment requires a secondary set of impressions be taken as well as other measurements of your mouth.
The third appointment usually requires a special jaw relationship appointment where your proper “bite” will be established. At this appointment we also determine the size, shape and shade of teeth to be used for your new dentures.
The fourth appointment is the “try-in” appointment. Here our denturist and the patient will determine if the teeth selected are suitable esthetically. We will also make sure the patient is comfortable speaking with them.
If the patient and denturist are comfortable with outcome of “try-in” appointment then the fifth appointment will be the day you receive your new dentures.
Please note: Appointments for implant dentures, partial dentures and immediate dentures may not be the same as for complete dentures
** Please keep in mind that for emergency situations where the patient requires their teeth in a rush, special considerations can be made.**
Do I need dentures even if I’m not concerned about my appearance?
Yes. Replacing unhealthy or already missing teeth is important for your well being as well as your appearance. Even having one or two teeth missing can affect how you chew and speak. Leaving a gap between teeth can also result in adjacent teeth moving, affecting how your teeth close together. This can result in additional complications.
If all or most of your teeth are missing, a complete denture provides support for your cheeks and lips. Without this support, facial muscles begin to sag and can reduce your ability to eat and speak, as well as making you look older than you are.
A complete set of teeth, natural or not, is important to your overall health and well being.
Will dentures make me look different?
Only if you want them to! Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. If you were unhappy with your natural teeth however, new dentures can also be made to improve the look of your smile and the overall appearance of your face.
Will dentures change how I speak?
It does take a few weeks to get used to new dentures and pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help you adapt.
Why Does My Lower Denture Feel Loose Compared to My Upper?
The lower denture, in most cases, will never be as “tight” fitting as the upper denture. There are a few reasons for this.
The palate, or roof of the mouth, is shaped in such a way that the upper denture creates a suction, or seal. This suction is what causes the upper denture to stay up on the roof of the mouth.
The lower jaw is not an ideal area to support a denture because there is no suction or seal to keep the denture in place.
In actual fact, the lower denture is kept in place by the muscles in the face, cheeks, lips and tongue. These muscles do not develop overnight, and for people who are new to wearing dentures or who have worn the same dentures for a number of years, adjusting to a new lower denture can prove to be extremely frustrating and challenging. The truth is that dentures, both lower and upper, get more difficult to wear as time goes on, regardless of whether they are old or made new. This is because the inside of your mouth changes and gets smaller over time. As the bone under the gums shrinks, dentures, especially the lower, become more difficult to wear.
In the past, standard dentures were the only option to replacing lost teeth. Today there are other solutions available such as IMPLANT RETAINED dentures.
If you are interested in learning more, please all The Tooth Shoppe Denture and Implant Solutions 905-471-3381 to book your complimentary consultation.
Why does the cost of dentures vary so much?
The saying “You get what you pay for,” is very true when it comes to dentures. Chances are that a bargain price is not going to give you the results you want. We pride ourselves in providing the best possible value for dollar, ensuring quality and affordability. We also offer financing options so you can get the dentures that you really want, while paying over a period of time.
How often do dentures need to be replaced?
If properly cared for, most dentures have a life span of about five to seven years. Regular checkups and adjustments and relining will help to prolong the life of your dentures.
Why do I need regular checkups for my dentures?
The most important reasons are to ensure that your gums are in good shape. At the check-up appointment our denturist can check to make sure your dentures aren’t ill-fitting and causing any damage to your mouth. Your dentures are also checked for any possible damage to them.
Changes to your gums and jaw bone over time will affect the fit of your denture. If the dentures are not fitting properly, this problem will only get worse over time and can begin to affect how you eat and speak and can result in sore spots.
Minor damage to your dentures caused by regular wear is much easier and quicker to fix and will help to prolong the life span of the dentures. Small cracks or chips that are not repaired quickly can result in major fractures at a time when you least expect it.
If you have any questions at all give us a call at 905-471-3381.