Frequently Asked Questions: Dentures.
Q. I've had my dentures for years, when do I need to replace them?
A. In general terms, Dentures should be renewed every 4 to 5 years. But always make an appointment to see your dentists if your dentures become, sore, loose or comfortable.
Q. I need to have all my teeth removed. How soon can I get dentures to replace them?
Q. My upper false teeth keep breaking. What can I do to stop this happening?
A. A denture with a metal palate would be stronger and something you may like to consider.
Q. I had my old dentures for years. Since I replaced them, I'm finding it hard to get used to my new set. Why?
A. New dentures often don't feel as comfortable as your old pair as the muscles in your mouth will need time to adjust to the new shape and position of the teeth.
Q. My dentures look too perfect. How can I make them look more realistic?
A. A variety of stains and effects can be used to make dentures look more natural. You could even have filling put into your dentures for a more a more authentic look.
Q. I have complete dentures. How often do I need a check up?
A. You should have a check up at least once a year but, depending on your treatment, your dentist may recommend more regular visits.
Q. What's the best way to keep my dentures clean?
A. The best and safest method is to use a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can, also, use proprietary cleaners but please follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Q. What's the best way to fix loose dentures?
A. Dentures usually become loose because your gums have shrunk. Visit your dentist to find out whether your dentures can be tightened and to check whether they need to be replaced. If it's not possible to make your dentures tighter your dentist can recommend a good quality adhesive.
Q. How can wearing dentures cause thrush in my mouth?
A. Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast called Candida, which is present is everyone's mouth. Candida is attracted to the material used to make dentures, so it's fairly common for denture wearers to develop the infection. Thrush can cause the areas under the denture, or at the side of the mouth, to become sore and reddened. It can't be passed from person to person and it's relatively easy to treat by applying an anti-fungal cream to your mouth and soaking your dentures in a sterilizing medium.
Q. I'm afraid of losing my dentures. What can I do to put my mind at rest?
A. Ask you dentist about making a copy of your dentures.
Q. I wear complete dentures but I'd like to switch to something more fixed. What are the alternatives?
A. Implants are the only solution for people who have no teeth. Your dentist will be able to recommend the best type of implants for you.
Q. Why is it important to retain broken teeth when having a denture fitted?
A. Retaining teeth and roots helps to preserve the surrounding bone and provides support for the denture. In some cases retained roots can be fitted with attachments to help hold the dentures in place.
Q. What should I do if I break my denture and need an urgent replacement?
A. If your denture breaks, never stick the denture together with superglue. Contact the practice during surgery hours on 01235 815000. If the surgery is closed, use the phone book to find the nearest Dental Technician who can repair your denture.