Denture Costs, Care & Repair FAQS

Whether you are considering getting dentures or already have a pair of replacement teeth, it’s very likely that you have questions about how they work.

From information on costs and repairs to best care-practices for your dentures, find out all you need to know about wearing and looking after your replacement teeth.

1. How do I know if I need dentures?

Looking after your oral health can help prevent tooth loss, delaying the need for dentures. However, as time passes, you may start to show signs that it’s time to consider replacement teeth including:

  • Shifting or loose teeth, indicating bone loss
  • Gum inflammation with signs of gum redness, tenderness, bleeding and/or swelling
  • Missing teeth, leading to more pressure on remaining teeth 
  • Difficulty when eating hard/chewy foods, causing mouth pain and indigestion

2. I need dentures. Where do I start?

Millions of Canadians wear dentures to help them eat, speak and smile with confidence every day. If you are a first-time denture wearer, knowing what to expect throughout the process can help ease any potential worries.

Visit a Denturist

The best place to start when considering replacement teeth is visiting a qualified denturist. They will be able to advise if this is the right treatment solution for you & which denture type works best for your specific needs.

Denture Fitting

When getting your dentures fitted, the following steps can be expected:

  • Tooth removal
  • Dental impressions are taken
  • Bite moulds are doe to ensure a comfortable bite
  • Wax moulds are prepared to give you a better idea of how your dentures will work
  • Your final denture is fitted

Adapting to Your Dentures

Your new dentures may feel strange at first but eventually, your mouth, tongue and facial muscles will adapt. Everyday tasks such as eating & speaking will take a little practice and your denturist can help advise you on products (eg adhesives) to make you more comfortable.

3. What are the costs of dentures?

Dentures are not a one-size-fits-all solution and, as such, your denture costs will vary depending on several factors including:

  • Material 
  • The number of teeth you need replaced
  • The design & fabrication of your dentures
  • How your dentures will be fixed

No matter what type of dentures you opt for, what never changes is our commitment to providing quality, comfortable & natural looking tooth replacement solutions to our Calgary patients.

Want to know more about the cost of our denture solutions? Contact us today.

 

4. How do I care for my dentures?

Just like your natural teeth, your dentures should be brushed at least twice a day. Make sure whenever you’re cleaning them, it’s never over a hard surface so they won’t break if you drop them. Ask your denturist about buying a soft denture brush & good cleaner.

 

5. Can I sleep in my dentures?

Yes, you can sleep in your dentures. However, it is recommended that you remove them at night to allow your bones and gum to relax from the pressure of your dentures during the day.

Sleeping in your dentures could come with a high cost to your oral health and lead to issues such as:

  • Bone loss 
  • Denture stomatitis 
  • Increased sore spots & gum infections

6. Will I be able to eat normally with by dentures?

High quality dentures are designed to help you perform crucial, everyday activities such as eating & speaking more confidently. However, it’s important to note that eating comfortably with your dentures will take some practice

Follow these tips to help make the transition easier:

  • Eat soft foods until you adjust to your new replacement teeth
  • Cut your meals into small pieces
  • Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth to prevent the dentures from tipping 
  • Be cautious with hot or hard foods & sharp-edged bones
 

7. How do I know when it’s time to reline my dentures?

Even the highest quality dentures will require eventual adjustment. In addition to daily wear-and-tear, your mouth and jaw changes over time, making your replacement teeth less comfortable.

A denture reline can adjust your existing dentures to fit the changes in your mouth and often save you the cost of buying a new denture set.

Some of the signs that you may need a denture reline include:

  • Loose/poorly fitting dentures
  • Problems eating & speaking with your dentures 
  • Persistent mouth sores

** Denturists often recommend a reline be done every 1-2 years to ensure you replacement teeth are always comfortable **

 

8. Is it possible to perfectly color-match my partial dentures to my remaining natural teeth?

A qualified and experienced denturist will be able to work with you to create custom-made replacement teeth that will produce an exact match to your remaining teeth & create a look that is natural and beautiful.

9. The back of my dentures pop up when I’m eating. What do I do?

If you are having difficulty eating (or speaking) with your dentures, this may be due to a poor fit or, in the case of the implants, an unfavorable position. It’s important to visit your denturist as soon as possible so they can adjust the fit or add implants. 

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