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.

 

 

 

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