FAQ

FAQ

Q – What types of dentures do you offer at Smile Again Denture Clinic?

A – Standard, Premium and Immediate. Standard are the most common. You cannot customize the appearance of the teeth and they tend to wear down faster than premium dentures. They price is affordable. Premium dentures, also called precision dentures, are made of a stronger material, so they last longer. You can also choose different tooth shapes and colours to ensure a more natural look. Immediate dentures are made based on your bite before tooth extraction. This means that after your teeth are removed, you will have dentures right away so you’re not going without teeth during the healing process. Immediate dentures are temporary until your standard or premium dentures are ready.

Q – How much do dentures typically cost?

A – There are many factors that contribute to the cost of dentures. Obviously premium will cost more than standard, but there are other added features that can change the price. Each set of dentures we create are customized for the patient. Visit Smile Again Denture Clinic to get a more accurate estimate.

Q – Will I EVER get used to wearing dentures?

A – Dentures will never feel like your natural teeth. However, over time our patients get used to wearing them as their gums, facial muscles and mouth adapt to them. Eventually they will feel comfortable. Some patients adjust faster than others, it’s different for everyone.

Q – What is the main difference between complete and partial dentures?

A – Just as the names suggest, complete dentures replace all of your natural teeth – both top and bottom. Partial dentures are made to replace some, but not all teeth.

Q – Will it be difficult to eat with dentures?

A – At first, biting and chewing will feel strange. Afterall, you won’t be feeling the same sensations you used to feel with your natural teeth. Smile Again Denture Clinic always recommends that new denture wearers start with soft foods before adding in some crunchier textures.

Q – Will it be difficult to talk with dentures?

A – Just like eating, talking when you first start wearing dentures will feel strange. This is normal and is something you will get used to over time. Eventually you will just talk like you used to before dentures.

Q – Will wearing dentures make me look different?

A – Our teeth and jaw play a huge role in defining our facial features. For patients who have been living with missing teeth for some time, you may have noticed some sagging in your face caused by bone loss. Dentures replace those supports, so you will still look like you. This is why immediate dentures are important.

Q – How often do dentures need to be replaced?

A – The short answer is every 5 to 7 years. Dentures physically wear down and stop functioning as they once did. Your mouth and jaw can also change as you age, which will affect the overall fit. Repairs can be done, but eventually you should start fresh with a new set.

Q – What is relining?

A – The lining of your dentures is the underside that fits around your gums. Having them relined every 2 to 3 years can extend the life of your dentures, while providing you with maximum comfort as your mouth changes.

Q – Why do my new dentures feel different than my old ones?

A – You likely were wearing your old dentures for many years, and your body adjusted to them over time. New dentures, even though they were made to fit you, will feel strange until your mouth adjusts to the new set. This is normal.

Q – Why do my upper and lower dentures feel different?

A – The upper and lower parts of your mouth and jaw are very different from each other. Because of these physical differences, dentures will fit differently. The upper palate causes suction, providing a tighter, more secure fit. Your lower denture relies on facial muscles to hold it in place. It can take longer for your mouth to adapt, so the fit won’t feel as tight at first.

Q – I’m taking medication, will this cause any issues with my dentures?

A – Medical grade pharmaceuticals come with a list of possible side effects. If your medications cause dry mouth, this could interfere with the fit of your dentures, as your saliva helps adhere and lubricate them. If this is an issue for you, use a saliva substitute or sip water frequently. Heart medications can also cause issues, as they can increase bleeding, so you may experience irritation with the fit of your dentures. Please let us know if you’re on any medications when coming in for your consultation.

Q – Are dentures covered by my medical benefits plan?

A – All plans are different. To learn more, contact your insurance provider to find out more about your coverage.

Q – How long does it take for my dentures to be ready?

A – Approximately four weeks.

Q- How do you customize my dentures from start to finish?

A – Smile Again Denture Clinic will need to schedule several appointments with you to get the process started. In order to get you the best fitting dentures possible, first, moulds are taken, then a bite analysis is done, as well as colour and shape selection for those opting for premium dentures. Then you get to do a try-on while the dentures are still in wax to ensure the look and feel is right, then lastly, the denturist will schedule an insertion appointment where you will receive your final product and your care instructions. Other try-on and follow-up appointments may be necessary. Typically, it takes four appointments to create a set of dentures for a patient.

Q – How do I care for my dentures?

A – Just like your natural teeth, you need to care for your dentures. Rinse and brush them after every meal. You must use a specially designed denture brush and denture cleaning paste and warm water. Do not use regular toothpaste. Carefully hold the dentures from the middle. Remove your dentures daily and soak them in a special cleaning solution. Use a soft bristled brush on your gums and tongue, and rinse with mouthwash. Rinse off your dentures after removing them from the soaking solution before putting them back in your mouth. Dentures need to be in a covered container filled with water when they’re not being worn to prevent drying. Dentures can get plaque, tartar, and food stains, so rinsing and cleansing daily is so important.

Q – Uh oh! My dentures broke, what do I do?

A – While dentures are built to last, accidents and wear and tear does happen. In the event that you’ve broken your dentures, do not reach for the glue! Call Smile Again Denture Clinic and inquire about our repair services. Quite often these can be done same day. If you have your old dentures, wear them while you wait for your current set to be repaired. This is better than using glue, which can introduce harsh chemicals into your mouth.

Q – What is the difference between a Dentist and a Denturist?

A – A dentist is a trained medical professional with expertise in teeth and gums. A denturist is a trained professional with expertise in dentures. Dentists do not make, fit and adjust dentures. While your dentist can help you with many things, Denturists specialize in full, partial and implant dentures. Most patients deal with both during the process of getting dentures, as it’s your dentist who will pull your natural teeth.

Q – If Dentists don’t make dentures, where do they have dentures made?

A – Since most dentists don’t make dentures on-site, they end up sending out their orders to a third-party laboratory. This can be costly for patients. By going to a denturist for dentures, you are cutting out the middleman and dealing directly with the person who will make your dentures on-site. This is much more personal and efficient.

Q – What are implant dentures?

A – A dental implant is a titanium post that is fixed to your jaw in the gums to replace a natural tooth root. The post allows replacement teeth or full dentures to be fixed in your mouth. In terms of replicating the look and feel of natural teeth, this is the closest you’ll get.

Q – Are implant dentures right for me?

A – In order to qualify for dental implant surgery, you need to be in good overall health. Particularly, your jaw needs to be in good condition, with little to no deterioration. You need to see a dentist and they can determine if you’re fit for this type of procedure. If you qualify, Smile Again Denture Clinic will work with your dentist to prepare replacement teeth or implant dentures.

Q – Are dental implants covered by my medical benefits plan?

A – In general, this procedure is not covered by dental insurance plans. But, if you want to be sure, reach out to your coverage provider