Making the transition from your natural teeth to dentures requires some adjustment. You probably have many questions and we will provide the answers.
Dentures are customized replacements for missing teeth. They consist of a frame or plate that holds them in place and can be made out of plastic, porcelain, metal, or acrylic resin.
Because no two mouths are alike, the cost of dentures will differ from patient to patient depending on their existing oral health and their needs.
Dentures are made to resemble natural teeth. They can also improve the look of your smile and in some cases, fill out the appearance of your face and profile by making your jaw appear to be more balanced.
Dentures require some getting used to and certain words may sound different at first. Some people report a clicking sound when they first get their dentures and try to speak. It will take some practice but after a while you will be able to talk as you did before you got your dentures.
If after a few months you still have trouble speaking with your dentures in and the clicking sound has not disappeared, you may need to have your dentures relined or fixed, which we can gladly do for you.
It is possible for your dentures to slip when you laugh or cough but you can reposition them yourself by gently biting down and swallowing. However, if this does not work, we can reposition your dentures for you.
Like speaking, eating will require practice. We recommend you cut your food into small pieces and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth simultaneously as you adjust to your dentures. Start with soft foods and gradually work your way up to harder items. Foods with sharp-edged bones or shells, foods that are sticky and hot foods should be avoided while you learn to eat with your dentures.
If you maintain your dentures, they can last up to 10 years. However, over time our bone, gums and tissue ridges shrink which is something beyond our control. You may need to have your dentures replaced or relined depending on the state of your oral health as you age.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your dentures such as significant wear and tear, discolouration or a poor fit, contact us immediately and we will see that the issue is fixed.
Overdentures are a removable denture that is affixed over dental implants. You will only require overdentures if you have dental implants and some of your natural teeth remain.
We recommend yearly denture check-ups for our patients. However, some people require more than one yearly checkup. It depends on the patient and the state of their mouth.
We service the city of Calgary and surrounding areas.