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 Dentures FAQ

At McMurray Denture Centre, we are committed to providing quality denture services. Our professional denturists take enough time to offer complete consultations to our patients. Please read our FAQs to find the answers to the most common questions about dentures.

Q- What Is a Denturist?

A- Denturists specialize in removable dental prostheses. A student Denturist studies for a minimum of three years, focusing on the clinical and laboratory skills necessary to design and fabricate custom-made, removable dental prostheses. Denturists are highly educated in the practical and theoretical aspects of both laboratory and intra-oral procedures. Denturists must also employ creative manual skills, along with diagnostic and treatment expertise. 

Q- There Are Many Different Dentures to Choose from. How Do I Make the Best Decision?

A- The best way to make a decision about dentures is to meet with a qualified Denturist. The Denturist will explain the options available to you, including other aspects such as cost, material, procedure and fabricating method, whether the work is done onsite or sent to an outside lab, as well as provide you with an individual treatment plan. 

Q- Can You Make My Denture in One Visit?

A- Unfortunately, no. In order to make aesthetically pleasing dentures, which fit comfortably, and have an effective chewing function, a number of important procedures must be completed and then rechecked. This typically occurs over 4-7 appointments. Models and try-ins are also provided to ensure proper fit, function and appearance throughout various stages of the process.  

Q- Will My Dentures Feel like Real Teeth?

A- Like any prosthetic device, it will take you some time to get used to your newly fitted dentures. Your dentures will begin to feel like your new real teeth eventually with patience and perseverance. You may experience some discomfort initially, which might include gagging, sore spots, extra saliva, and awkwardness (until your cheek muscles and tongue adjust themselves to keep your dentures in place).

Q- How Often Should I Have My Dentures Assessed?

A- An yearly check-up is recommended for your dentures. It is very important for your general dental health and to monitor any changes in the fit or health of your dentures and gums. Changes that occur in the mouth are constants, as with the rest of your body. The use of specific medications, weight loss, your general health and especially poorly fitted dentures can affect the supporting bone structure in your mouth.

Q- Why Are My Dentures Feeling Loose?

A-The changes that occur in your mouth after a tooth extraction is referred to as gum/bone resorption or shrinkage. There is less stability in the mouth as the jaw bone changes and the ridges that the dentures rest on shrink. This results in greater space between your teeth, a loss of lip and cheek support, and a looser fit. Relines or rebases are generally recommended every two years to counter the problem of gum/bone resorption. Relines and rebases can be performed in as little as one day.

Q- How Often Should I Replace My Dentures?

A- It is recommended to replace your denture every five to seven years due to the constant physical changes taking place in our mouths and gums. Your denture cannot adjust to the changes in your mouth by itself as it is a hard appliance. When the artificial teeth wear down, the denture does not support the face as it did when it was newly fitted. When you begin to feel that your denture is too loose, uncomfortable, or there is a visible change in your appearance, you can call the McMurray Denture Centre and have your dentures replaced!

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