How To Tell When Your Denture Is Worn Out

Many patients arrive at our office with broken dentures that have completely worn out and should have been replaced several years before.  When we look at a broken denture we look at the colour of the acrylic (which gives us an indication of the age of the denture; when a denture is getting older the acrylic can become brittle and break), the wear and tear on the teeth (if they are missing anatomy and are flat then the denture is worn out), also we examine tooth placement; if the teeth are not positioned directly over the centre of the ridge this causes stress on the denture (which can cause it to break).  At times a patients denture will put them in what’s called a locked occlusion preventing their lower jaw from properly moving in all directions.  These are just some of the things that we look at.  Since the posterior (back) teeth do all the grinding, they become worn out at a quicker rate then the anterior (front) teeth.

When a denture has one or several of the above this is an indication that the denture should be replaced.  If you continue to wear a denture that has met it’s life expectancy it can start to cause health problems such as digestive issues or jaw pain, neck aches, headaches, shoulder aches, or back pain just to name a few.  (You should not only get your dentures checked if experiencing these issues but also consult with your medical doctor.)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you would like to have your dentures assessed please contact our office 905-459-7442.

 

 

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Denture Breaks and Crazy Glue

Many people who break their dentures think that Crazy Glue is the solution; nothing could be further from the truth!  What people don’t realize is that when a denture breaks the only way for your denturist to properly repair the denture and get the  broken piece(s) back in the exact location it was prior to the break is by using denture acrylic.

When Crazy Glue is used it actually creates a barrier between the two pieces of acrylic and will only hold for a short period of time.  Once any saliva or liquid gets in to where the crazy glue was placed the denture will re-break.  Most people will then use crazy glue again and again this will cause a further space between the two broken pieces of denture.   At some point the crazy glue will no longer work to hold the denture together at all and that’s when the individual ends up at our office.  We then have to explain to the person that the denture is  not repairable to its original state and we can only repair the denture to where the crazy glue was holding it and at times that we cannot repair the denture at all and a new one is then required.  Not to mention that Crazy Glue is not for internal use!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office 905-459-7442.

 

 

 

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial denture are designed to replace the loss of natural teeth whether it be only one tooth or multiple teeth (but not all the teeth) on any given arch. It will help fill in the gaps of missing teeth, maintain the position of your natural teeth, help you chew and digest your food better, and restore your appearance. Partial dentures do not harm your remaining natural teeth when designed properly; they in fact prevent your natural teeth from shifting, drifting or over growing into the spaces left by the loss of a natural tooth.
There are several material types available for partial dentures. The most stable and commonly used material is the cast metal partial. This type of dentures is very strong, light, thin and durable. The type of metal that we use in our office is a chrome cobalt alloy that is nickel and beryllium free. While it is best to use the metal clasp for stability; we do have clear or white clasps available for those that do not wish to show metal on the anterior region while smiling.
We also have acrylic partials available. The base of this type of denture is made entirely of pink acrylic and may or may not have stainless steel wires available as clasps to hold the denture in place. This type of denture requires more thickness of material as it does not have the same strength and durability as the cast metal partial. It is usually used as as transitional or immediate denture and is less expensive in cost.
For those that are allergic to either metal or acrylic partials, we have a Flexite material available. It is a nylon plastic material which is thin, light and is semi-translucent pink in colour. Though it is not as strong a material as the cast metal partial, it is a good substitute for those allergic to the other materials available.
For our partials, we have three different qualities of denture to choose from: Standard, Precision and BPS. The quality of the three different dentures is reflected in the wear and tear of the teeth themselves, esthetics, the fittings involved to ensure comfortable and properly fitting dentures and the instrumentation to do so. Please feel free to set up an appointment with one of our denturists to see which quality works best for you.

Implant Retained Dentures

Implant retained dentures are the preferred method of tooth replacement. The loss of one’s natural teeth can result in bone loss (which tends to be markedly more on the lower) and in turn can affect the fit and function of your denture. The implants integrate with the bone, thus providing an anchor or “root” for the replacement teeth. They not only provide a strong support for your dentures, but also help to maintain existing bone levels by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This in turn, will help to maintain your facial structure.

There are many factors working against a full lower denture. The lower jaw is attached to the upper jaw by a hinge called the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) and it is the lower jaw that does all the moving as you are eating and speaking. Since it is a moving part, anything that is not solidly “rooted” to it can become dislodged more readily, unlike the full upper denture which is held in with suction. The lower jaw also takes the brunt of the force during the chewing process and ends up having more bone loss. The more bone loss, the less area the denture has to adhere to. The stability of the dentures can only be as good as their foundation. Implant retained dentures provides the perfect solution for full lower dentures.

Full upper dentures must cover the whole upper palate in order to have proper fit, stability and ensure adequate retention. However, various taste buds are located on the upper palate and are impeded when they are covered by a full denture. With a implant retained denture, the entire palate of the upper denture can be removed which would open up this area and make culinary experiences more enjoyable. For those that suffer with a sensitive gag reflex, this entire area can be eliminated thus providing greater comfort for the patient.

The patients that have chosen this method of tooth replacement have reported greater comfort and stability. They feel confident going out in public   with dentures that securely stay in place.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment please feel free to contact our                                  office 905-459-7442 or visit our website www.bramptondentureclinic.com

Clear or white clasps on a partial denture

Many individuals wearing partial dentures do not like the look of the metal clasps near the front or anterior region of the mouth.  A way to resolve this is with a clear or white clasp.

Clear or white clasps can take the place of a metal ones and esthetically look great!  These clasps can be placed on a existing cast metal framework or on an acrylic denture.  The clear or white clasp virtually blends into the surrounding area of the mouth once moistened with saliva.

They make a great alternative to the metal clasps; however the only down fall is they are not as strong as their metal counter parts and cannot be tightened.  You could also have denture with a combination of metal clasps in the posterior or back of the mouth (if possible) and the white or clear in an area that would be visible when speaking or smiling.

If you think this may be a solution for you or if you have any questions regarding this treatment; feel free to contact our office 905-459-7442 or visit our website www.bramptondentureclinic.com

Denture relines

To reline a denture new base material is added to the tissue side of the denture to help maintain a proper fit. The reline consists of your Denturist taking an impression inside your existing denture. A reline of your denture will only affect the fit and not the appearance.
Relines are required when tissue changes have occurred due to resorption or shrinkage. This can be due to a loss of weight, loss of bone, loss of teeth, ageing, disease or illness. A reline will not correct any problems associated with worn down teeth or an incorrect bite.

Usually a reline is completed on the same day; our patients come in to the office in the morning and return in the afternoon.  We generally encourage our patients to bring an old set of dentures with them so they do not need to leave the office with nothing in their mouth.

Some relines can be done chair side and therefore the patient does not need to be without their teeth, but this would be assessed by the denturist.

If you think you require a reline of your denture, or if you would like an assessment;  you can contact our office 905-459-7442. Or visit our website www.bramptondentureclinic.com  

Fiber Force reinforcement for dentures

Fiber Force is a very strong reinforcement material used in dentures to help give them strength.  It is very esthetic, comfortable and light; in comparison to other reinforcements like cast metal.

Our office did our own experiment and were VERY surprised at the results;  we took two dentures made for the same patient, one with a cast mesh (metal) reinforcement and one with fiber force out to the back of the office, to see for our selves which was truly stronger.

We used a metal headed hammer on both: the first denture with the metal reinforcement took one hit from the hammer and it snapped in half.  The other denture with the fiber force took 10 hits before it started to break.  All of the teeth had come off the denture but it was still in tact.

This was very surprising to us as you would think that the metal would have been stronger; but being that it was harder made it brittle allowing it to break very easily.

If you think you may need to have a reinforcement placed in your denture; or if you have any questions regarding this service or product,  please visit our website or contact our office               www.bramptondentureclinic.com or 905-459-7442.

Dentures Over 5 Years Old?

If you have been wearing the same dentures for more than five years without having it checked by your denturist, you are running unnecessary risks.  Too many people believe that dentures are good for 20 years.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Dentures are made of a hard, ridged material.  Your face, mouth and jaw, on the other hand, change over the years.  Because artificial teeth wear down with time, a denture cannot do its job effectively for more than about five years.  This reality can have devastating consequences that are often invisible and imperceptible to the wearer of a worn-out denture.

The effects suffered from worn-out dentures include:

  • Painful, irritated tissues
  • Difficulty chewing and poor digestion
  • Headaches, earaches, neck/TMJ pain
  • Sagging mouth, prematurely old face, pointed chin
  • Accelerated bone loss

…and this is only a partial list!

Dentures are not made to last forever and over time the acrylic becomes brittle and starts to break.  So if you are experiencing any of the above or if your dentures are 5 years old or more, please give us a call 905-459-7442 to book your complimentary assessment/consult or visit our website for more information www.bramptondentureclinic.com

Recall Exams

If you are a denture wearer and you have not been in to see your denturist in over a year; you should pick up the phone and schedule yourself a recall appointment.

The biggest road block we encounter at our office when trying to book patients in for their yearly recall is this statement:  “why do I need to come in to see you?  My dentures feel fine I’m not having any problems.”

What many denture wearers don’t realize is that there are many things we are checking for when they come in.  We check the fit and function, we check the bite (the way the teeth are coming together), we check the wear pattern on the teeth from chewing foods, we do a VELscope assessment (which helps to detect oral cancer) and we make sure that they are maintaining good oral hygiene.  Sometimes at this appointment minor adjustments are required for the dentures this could include tightening clasps on a partial denture.  It’s kind of like maintaining a car (only sometimes we maintain our cars better than our bodies) regular maintenance keeps your dentures in peak shape and can catch potential problems before they become serious.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office 905-459-7442 or visit our website:  www.bramptondentureclinic.com

The Soft Liner Alternative

A permanent soft liner is a layer of soft material that is fitted to the surface of a denture and rests next to the oral tissues.  In short, a soft liner acts as a cushion or shock absorber between the hard plastic base of a denture and the gums.

Soft liners can be used in the fabrication of new dentures or placed in existing dentures.  Permanent soft liners provide comfort and relief for individuals and is beneficial for:

  • Severely receded or flat gums that do not tolerate the stress of dentures
  • chronic soreness
  • gums with prominent or sharp bony areas
  • greater comfort ( a significant number of denture wearers with chronic discomfort have experienced great relief)
  • with soft liners, many denture wearers report that they can chew food more comfortably

If you feel that you may require a soft liner feel free to contact our office 905-459-7442 and we would be happy to meet with you!