Transitioning from your natural teeth to dentures can be a confusing time. You will have lots of questions on your journey to finding the best solution for you. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about dentures and dental implants. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions. We also offer a free consultation to new patients so you can have a one-on-one with our Denturists.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. Our denturists can determine if an overdenture is suitable for you.
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. Often dentures will make you look younger by lifting and filling your facial features.
Eating will take practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods in until you’ve returned to your normal diet.
Continue to chew food using both sides of your mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures “click” while you’re talking, speak more slowly.
You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, call MyBite for a consultation to address the issue.
Over time, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or remade due to normal wear. To reline or rebase a denture, we use the existing denture teeth and refit the denture base by adding new material, or make a new denture base. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear. Dentures become loose because a mouth naturally changes with age. Bone and tissue ridges can recede or shrink, causing jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. A loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may change your facial features. It’s important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.
If you are having issues with loose or wearing dentures, contact MyBite for a repair or realignment.
Your denture professional will advise you about how often to visit. Regular check-ups are important. The denturist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly, as well as examining your mouth for signs of oral diseases including cancer.
With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.