When should you replace your dentures?


Caution: Dentures over five years old


If you have been wearing the same dental prosthesis for more than five years without having it checked by your denturist, you are running unnecessary risks.  Too many people believe that dentures are good for 20 years. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Dentures have a useful life of about five years, relining of dentures is typically needed every 2-3 years.

Gum tissues are in a constant state of change, but dentures are not.  Therefore, periodic relining of your dentures maybe necessary. if you find your denture getting looser and mastication ( chewing ) more difficult, this may be a sign that a reline or replacement may be needed.

A removable prosthesis is made of hard, rigid material. Your face, mouth and jaw, on the other hand, Change over the years. Because it cannot adapt to these changes and because artificial teeth wear down with time, a prosthesis cannot do its job effectively for more than five years.

Remember, the longer you delay replacing your dentures, the more your appearance and your comfort will be affected.  Here is a short list of the most harmful possibleeffects suffered by wearers of prosthesis more thanfive years old:

* Softening of the tissues

* Painful, irritated tissues

* More laborious chewing and difficult digestion

* Headaches, earaches, neck pain and joint problems

* Sagging mouth, pointed chin and prematurely old face

* Accelerated resorption of the jaw bone… and this is only a partial list!


 The following are signs that your prosthesis needs attention:


* They do not adhere to your gums as well as they used to

* They are loose

* They do not cut through food well

* They have discolored

* They cause pain and discomfort

This reality can have devastating consequences that are often invisible and imperceptible to the wearer of worn-out-dentures.  Very few people maintain their prosthesis properly.  Don’t take chances with your health!


Your New Dentures

You’ve just received your new dentures.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new denture wearer, we’re sure there are many questions which may need to be answered.  We hope that the following information will prove to be helpful during the next few weeks of your denture adjustment period.  Learning to wear a new denture can take time.  Don’t become discouraged if you find some difficulty in the beginning.


Please do not listen to friends who tell you how easy it was for them to get used to their dentures and how they can eat everything and anything.  They are either bragging, have greater bone and gum support or their memories may be poor.  Your denturist will help you through any difficulties you may face or any situations that may arise during your adjustment period.

A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture.  The tongue may feel restricted and will tend to play, sometimes even subconsciously, with the new prosthesis.  It will soon adapt to the restrictions and to the new feeling that a denture presents.

Try to eat only soft foods for the first couple of days.  Then, as you progress to more solid foods try to eat slowly and deliberately, attempting to place even amounts of food on both sides at the same time during the chewing cycle.  By placing food on both sides of the mouth at the same time, you balance the biting forces on the new denture and will help to make it more stable.  The longer you take to eat your meal, the faster you will learn to master your new prosthesis.

Also try to take small bites at first.  Cut all your food into small portions.  If, and when, your gum tissues are strong enough to try foods which are bitten off (bread, corn on the cob, etc.), try to press the food against the back teeth on the upper in order to stabilize the denture.  It is perfectly normal to experience sore spots during the adjustment period.  Nature did no intend for us to wear hard plastic against soft gum tissues.  It takes a while for the gum tissues to firm up and to accommodate to the hard plastic denture.

If sore spots should develop (and in some cases they do not), please be sure to wear the denture for at least 24 hours prior to your adjustment visit!  If your denturist can not see the sore spot visually, it is sometimes impossible for her to make the necessary adjustments.

Reading out loud during the first couple of days will go a long way in reducing any minor speech problems which may result from wearing a new denture.  If speech problems continue to persist, please let your denturist know.

An unclean denture is neither healthy, attractive nor comfortable.  Clean your new denture every morning and night with either a denture toothbrush or liquid hand soap or with one f the commercially available denture cleaners.  Please be sure to check with your denturist to make sure that the commercial cleaner will not interfere with the type of denture liner you may have in your prosthesis.  Permanent soft liners and temporary soft liners react poorly to most commercial cleaners.  Brush the roof of your mouth and lower gums with a soft toothbrush.  Soak your denture in a solution of ½ water and ½ mouth wash.

We prefer that you leave out one or both of your dentures at night.  This allows your gum tissues to breathe and also relieves them of them of the constant pressures of mastication.  When left out of the mouth, all dentures should be left in water to prevent warp age.

Gum tissues are in a constant state of change but dentures are not.  Therefore, periodic relining of your dentures may be necessary.  If you find your denture getting looser and mastication more difficult, this may be a sign that a reline may be needed.

It is very important for your denturist to see you regularly to evaluate the state of your oral tissues and to determine if additional treatment is required. Dentures typically need to be relined every 2-3 years or remade every 5-6 years.

Home remedies, although simple, will only lead to trouble.  If any problems arise or if you have any questions, Anna-Lisa is available to help you.


Removable Partial Dentures

An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace missing teeth

When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space.  Teeth that are out of position can damage tissues in the mouth.  In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth.  As a result, you run the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth.

A Removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile.  A partial denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.

Here are some answers to common questions about partial dentures:

How do you wear a removable partial denture?

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.  Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.  Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments.  Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more then those with metal clasps.  Consult your denturist to find out which type is right for you.

How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial denture?

For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky.  However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it.  Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice.  Follow all instructions given by your denturist.  Your denture should fit into place with relative ease.  Never force the partial denture into position by biting down.  This could bend or break the clasps.

Will it be difficult to eat with a partial denture?

Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience.  Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces.  Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture.  Avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.

Will the partial denture change how I speak?

It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth.  Consequently, wearing a partial denture to pronounce certain words that give you trouble.  With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture.

How do I take care of my partial denture?

Handling a partial denture requires care.  It’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture.  Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque.  Brushing your denture helps prevent the appliance from becoming permanently stained.  It is best to use a brush that is made for cleaning dentures.  A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture.  A regular soft –bristled toothbrush is also acceptable.  Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.  Using hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean dentures is acceptable. Other types of household cleaners and many types of toothpaste are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures.  Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles.  Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner.  Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damage to the plastic or bending the attachments.  A denture could loose its proper shape if it is not kept moist.  At night, the denture should be placed in a soaking solution.  Your denturist can recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.

Will my partial denture need adjusting?

Over time, the partial denture may need adjusting.  As you age, your mouth naturally changes which can affect the fit of the denture.  Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Partial Dentures that do fit properly should be adjusted by your denturist.  Loose partial dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections.  See your denturist promptly if your denture becomes loose.

Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my partial denture?

You can do serious harm to your partial denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture.  A denture that is not made to fit precisely by a denturist can cause irritation and sores.  Using a do-it-yourself kit can damage the appliance beyond repair.  Glues sold over the counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture.  If your denture no longer fits you properly, if it breaks cracks or chips or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your denturist immediately.  In many cases, the necessary adjustments or repairs can be looked after on the same day.



Understanding the ABC’S of Dentures


Choose the Style which Works Best for You…


  1. The Basic Standard Denture Advantages: Function and economical

  2. Equilibrated Dentures Advantage: Superior quality materials used giving a longer lifespan and better esthetics. Precise jaw measurements help to improve chewing function, and reduce “sore spots”.

  3. Implant Supported Denture Advantages: The most comfortable, secure, natural looking denture on the market today. Eliminates slipping and dropping of denture, with out the use of denture adhesives. Provides the ability to chew “problem” foods with no pain or discomfort. Little or no food collects under the denture, so hygiene remains high with out removing and rinsing the denture after meals.