What is a Denturist?
A denturist is a dental health care professional who is an expert in the fabrication and fitting of dental prostheses. The Denturist is also the professional to consult for a personalized custom fit mouth guard for sports activities.
Do I need a referral to see a Denturist?
No. You do not need a referral to see a Denturist.
How long should my new dentures last?
Ten years, twenty years, thirty years, forever? Many people believe that a denture should last a lifetime, but this is not true. Some think that their dentures do not need replacing until they are broken beyond repair. The truth is, dentures should be replaced every five to seven years. Research has shown that during the five to seven year period, enough shrinkage has occurred in the ridge and palate to cause many denures to become ill fitting.
How long will it take to get my dentures?
Your Professional Licensed Denturist recognizes the importance of ensuring you have proper fit and support in your mouth, and will not prolong your case. The length of time it takes to get your completed denture varies and is dependent on the condition of your mouth and gums. Usually, your set will be ready in 1 to 10 days.
Will it take time to get used to my new dentures?
It must be remembered that dentures are an artificial substitute for your natural teeth. As such, they will feel strange at first. However, millions of people have grown accustomed to dentures, and there is no reason to feel you cannot. Some people learn to drive a car almost immediately, others take a long time but they do learn eventually. The same is true of dentures. Some patients may feel comfortable within a week, while others will require longer. Keep wearing them and you will master them.
Should I take my dentures out at night?
Each case is treated individually, and your Professional Licensed Denturist will advise you what to do based on your own circumstances. Your Denturist will also explain any special precautions to take when your dentures are out of your mouth.
How should I clean my dentures?
Ideally, your dentures should be cleaned after every meal. They should be cleaned over a basin of water or damp towel to avoid breakage in case they are dropped. Use a denture brush and a good denture cleaner. Avoid gritty pastes or powders, as their repeated use will damage the denture. Use only lukewarm water. Do not grasp both ends of a lower denture when washing, as too much pressure could break it.