If you’ve never had dentures before, you may have many questions about them and the process of wearing and caring for dentures. Provided here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dentures. We also encourage you not to underestimate the value of a one on one consultation with our denturist, and since your first consultation is free, nothing could be easier!
Q: Why should I go to a denturist?
A: Dentures are a highly technical dental appliance that denturists are carefully trained to create and maintain. To receive the maximum benefit from your denture, it’s important to rely on the expert care a registered denturist provides.
Q: How long will it take before I’m used to my new dentures?
A: If you’re a brand new denture wearer, the first weeks might feel a bit uncomfortable, as the muscles in your gums, cheeks and tongue adapt. You might experience discomfort, increased saliva and sores during this adjustment period, but soon your denture will come to feel like part of your body. If your discomfort persists, be sure to consult with our denturist, as this can be an indication of improper fit.
Q: How do I take care of my dentures?
A: Daily care is necessary to ensure your dentures last. Just like natural teeth, your dentures can develop plaque and tartar build-up, so be sure to brush your dentures daily using a soft brush and a gentle paste meant for dentures—toothpaste and hard-bristled brushes can scratch your dentures.
Remove your dentures at night and soak them in cool water with a denture cleaning agent added. Be sure not to use hot water, as this can cause your dentures to warp. If your dentures do break or warp, resist the temptation to repair them on your own. Claxton Denturist Professional Corporation performs repairs on-site, so you’ll have your like-new dentures back in no time.
Q: Can broken dentures be repaired?
A: In many cases, yes, Claxton Denturist can repair your dentures, and many can be fixed the same day! If your dentures need repair, relining or rebasing of any kind, please come in to see us!
Q: How long will my dentures last?
A: Dentures do not last forever, though proper care and maintenance through daily cleaning, rebasing and more can prolong the life of your dentures. Generally speaking, you should have your dentures replaced every five to seven years, and our denturist can help you understand whether or not your dentures should be replaced.