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

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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!

Transitional Dentures

To avoid being without teeth when having several teeth extracted, you can have a temporary denture fabricated. This treatment involves having impressions taken of your mouth prior to having your teeth removed and may involve a few fittings. When your natural teeth are extracted your Dentist or Oral Surgeon can then place your transitional denture immediately in your mouth. This acts as a bandage, prevents you from having to go without teeth and provides you with something to chew with during the healing
process.

It is very important to follow the postoperative instructions of both your Denturist and Oral Surgeon during your healing process.

The healing process takes approximately 3 months and during this time your tissues and bone change so, you may require adjustments and temporary liners or tissue conditioners to maintain comfort and the best possible fit during this time.

Our office recommends having a new permanent set of dentures made when the process is complete to ensure that you have a comfortable proper fitting set of dentures. The temporary denture then becomes a spare set of dentures.