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Frequently Asked Questions

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Dundas Denture invites you to ask any questions you may have about complete or partial dentures by calling 905-627-8478. In the meantime, check the list to see if your question has been answered on this page!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL AND PARTIAL DENTURES?

Custom-fitted full dentures are ideal for those who have no natural teeth remaining. Meanwhile, partial dentures are used when one or more teeth are missing. Both improve your appearance and increasing your ability to talk, laugh and chew food with confidence.

HOW ARE MY DENTURES MADE AND HOW SOON CAN I ENJOY MY NEW DENTURES?

Depending on the type of denture it may take up to 3-4 appointments to create your new custom dentures. We do have emergency service available.

The first step involves taking preliminary impressions of your mouth where molds are taken of your mouth to create the denture.

The second step is taking final impression where we mold the tissue fitting surface of the denture.

Next, is the appointment for the bite where the denture is adjusted to your jaw and how your upper and lower jaw relate, define the parameters where your teeth will be placed and together choose the tooth shade and shape to best match your existing teeth.

At the following appointment, you’ll be able to preview or try in your new denture while still in wax to see how they will look, it helps us evaluate the appearance and function of the denture and at this stage changes can be made. Once you are happy, the permanent dentures are created and with the appointment of the delivery of your new dentures to enjoy. A week later, we will see you back in our office for the follow up appointment in case any tweaks are needed.

If you are in a hurry and require new dentures right away contact us at Dundas Denture Clinic to find out how we can help.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT MY DENTURES TO COST?

We offer competitive pricing and great value to fit any budget. Cost is determined on the choices you make and features you choose to incorporate with your dentures. We recognize the difficulties patients face in seeking help, cost being among one of them. Our goal is to identify and address your denture needs, and to make the process as seamless as possible. Our inhouse denture lab and network of dental providers allows us to provide the best possible treatment at an affordable price. Consultations are FREE! Let us assess your needs and provide you with an accurate estimate.

WHY DO MY UPPER AND LOWER DENTURES FIT DIFFERENTLY?

The upper and lower portions of your mouth are different. An upper denture has more suction to hold it in place due to the surface area of the palate of the upper mouth and the saliva that creates suction that allows it to adhere to the roof of your mouth to keep it in place. The lower denture has a smaller surface area. There is much less gum support in the lower jaw so the lower denture may feel looser because it has to be balanced between your cheeks and your tongue. As a seal cannot be created like the upper denture, food can get trapped underneath the denture creating some movement that can cause rubbing and sore spots. The lower denture stays in place with the help of facial muscles, lips and the tongue. It can take some time to adjust to lower dentures, as slowly muscles will start to develop to help keep them in place over time. Due to this often-slow adaptation Denture Implants is the best option for stabilizing a lower denture.

WHY DO MY NEW DENTURES FIT DIFFERENTLY THAN MY OLD DENTURES?

The muscles in your face have adapted to the old dentures and will take some time to adjust when you get new ones. It will take time for your mouth to get used to something new. Even if you have worn dentures for years, new dentures will require some adjustment time as they settle. Be patient, and keep in mind that dentures sit on soft tissue, and bone and compression of these tissues can sometimes cause sore spots that require relief. This is the reason adjustment appointments after denture placement is very common. New dentures often feel ‘bigger’ because the tooth surfaces have been restored and are no longer worn like your old ones. These restored surfaces will allow you to chew more effectively and will have an improved and more natural appearance. We are confident that after this adjustment period before you will be fully comfortable!

HOW OFTEN SHOULD DENTURES BE REPLACED?

Dentures fit and look their best in the first two to three years. After that, changes to bone and gum structure can make them feel loose. Worn dentures can lead to sore jaw muscles and headaches. Wearing can also cause uneven stress on the denture, increasing the risk of breaking.

Denture relines can be a solution for this problem, but it’s still recommended you change your dentures every five to eight years. With an annual checkup we can evaluate the condition and fit of your dentures.

CAN MY DENTURES BE REPAIRED?

Yes! In many cases, denture repairs or a reline or rebase can improve the function and prolong the life of your dentures. The bonus is that most of these repairs can be expected same-day, as we haves an in-house lab at Dundas Denture Clinic.

WHY DO DENTURES BREAK?

Dentures chew food at a minimum of 3 times a day, 365 days a year. Over the time dentures get worn, your bite changes, gums shrink, loss of additional teeth may also happen. This will result in a weakening of the denture, consequently leading for the denture to break.

HOW DOES ONE PREVENT DENTURES FROM BREAKING?

Denture maintenance is key. Daily care and yearly annual checkups are crucial to the life of your dentures to ensure they perform at their optimum so you can look and feel at your best. Having your dentures examined properly at least once per year and adjusted as needed is a preventative measure to prolongs the life, comfort level and avoid future cracks, chips or scratches of dentures. Nightly cleaning, using the correct denture products and tooth brush and placing a towel in the sink when cleaning your denture will keep your denture looking their best.

ONCE MY TREATMENT IS COMPLETE, WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

The success of the care we provide depends on continuing home care and regular recall appointments. During a recall appointment we will examine your denture, check fitting surfaces, look for cracks, chips, scratches and worn loose teeth as well as do an Intra-oral examination. Your dentures will be cleaned professionally and polished. We make sure your teeth function at their best. Visit Dundas Denture Clinic annually.

WHY IS AN ANNUAL APPOINTMENT NECESSARY?

It is important to keep your denture working at its optimum for you to look and feel your best. Our teeth reflect the state of our oral health and did you know that the balance of our general health is also directly affected by our teeth? The ability to bite and chew food plays a vital role in one’s overall wellbeing. Having a well-balanced diet, proper digestion, and a healthy lifestyle are the benefits of having proper tooth function. Damaged, worn-out and improperly fitting dentures play a major and cumulative effect in limiting diet, ability to chew and taste food. A regular checkup at Dundas Denture Clinic will ensure that you get both care and attention as your denturist will examine your tissues and bone, oral cavity, update your medical and dental history, and check the fit and bite of your dentures. After a close examination your dentures will be professionally cleaned and polished. They will feel new once again!

IF I TAKE MEDICATIONS WILL MY DENTURES BE AFFECTED?

The most common complication of medications and dentures is dry mouth (xerostomia). This can complicate the fit of a denture because saliva helps with adhesion and provides lubrication. If your mouth doesn’t have adequate saliva, denture fit may be affected and sore spots related to friction and movement can result. In order to provide necessary lubrication and prevent sore spots, an artificial saliva substitute (Biotene, Salivart, Oral Balance, Xerolube) is recommended. Sipping water frequently and reduction of dietary sugar and salt can also improve dry mouth conditions.

Some medications used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure can increase the risk of bleeding and tissue overgrowth that may irritate gums or affect denture fit. At Dundas Denture Clinic, your health is our priority. Always update us on which medications you are taking so we can determine how they will impact you and your dentures.

IS THERE DENTURE COVERAGE IF I HAVE AN DENTAL INSURANCE PLAN?

All dental insurance policies are different. To determine whether your policy covers dentures we will send a predetermination to your insurance provider. Claims as a courtesy, we can also submit them directly on your behalf and can collect your eligible amount from most standard insurance companies and Veterans Affairs. Patients with dental insurance or coverage through OW/ODSP/NIHB program, we are required to send an estimate and receive approval before any denture work is started and we can collect your eligible amount covered by your plan directly once the dentures are completed.

SHOULD A DENTIST MAKE MY DENTURES INSTEAD OF A SPECIALIZED DENTURIST?

Dentists specialize in the care of teeth and gums; Denturists specialize in dentures! Denturists are expertly trained in design, construction, fitting and adjustment of complete and partial dentures, as well as dentures on implants.

Denturists can also assess and advise various features and benefits for your dentures that a dentist is not aware of. If you want to have the best in care for your dentures and confidence in your smile, a Specialized Denturist is your best choice.

HOW DO I KEEP MY DENTURES CLEAN?

When you are a denture wearer it is important to clean your dentures on a daily basis. Natural teeth should be brushed every day, and dentures are no different! Just as with natural teeth, many substances, from coffee to red wine to medications, can stain your dentures. Daily maintenance of your dentures can help minimize problems such as bad breath and gum irritation.

To best clean your dentures, remove them and rinse them following meals. You can use a soft brush and soap to achieve this – toothpaste is actually too abrasive and will scratch the denture teeth.

Remove your dentures at night for the long-term health of your gums. A denture is a foreign object which restricts natural blood flow around the tissues and bone of your ridges. This can cause your gums to shrink faster. Removing them at night allows your ridges to rest and rejuvenate, keeping your mouth healthier over the course of your lifetime.

Place your dentures in clean water overnight.This will keep them hydrated and prevent warping. Soak with proper denture cleaner for your denture type or mouthwash. Avoid using bleach, as it can weaken dentures and cause discolouration.

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