Frequently Asked Questions
It usually takes 2-3 weeks to receive new conventional upper and lower dentures. If time is an issue for you, we are usually able to accommodate your needs and provide the dentures in a shorter time frame with sufficient notice.
If you receive dentures for the first time, your speech will most likely be affected for the first couple of weeks. Many patients find their speech actually improves when they first start wearing dentures. When replacing existing dentures, your speech could be affected for a few days. In both instances, your speech adaptability will be corrected in time.
The cost of your dentures will vary depending on your specific treatment plan. In some cases, people over 65 can be fully covered for standard dentures by the government depending on their income.
The best way to get a detailed estimate for dentures is to make an appointment for a free consultation with our denture specialist today.
Most soft relines for dentures last about 1-2 years. A hard reline will typically last two years or longer. As your gums change, they may require more frequent relining to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. Your gums can be affected by all kinds of factors. Things like weight gain, weight loss, and any change in medication can alter the way your dentures fit. If you have gone through one of the three changes above and your dentures are loose fitting, it might be time for a denture reline. Patients that have had teeth extracted will need to have a reline done 6 months after their extractions because a certain amount of bone loss and shrinking of the gums will occur in that time.
Most patients need to replace their dentures approximately every 10-12 years. But keep in mind, this number depends on significantly on that particular person. If you have problems properly chewing your food, a sore jaw, or ringing or buzzing in your ears, there is a good possibility it’s time to replace your dentures. Come in for a free consultation at St. Albert Denture and Implant Clinic to receive the proper information you need so you are informed about all of your treatment options.
There are several indicators that it might be time to get dentures. Some signs include tooth decay and rotted roots, oral pain, difficult or painful chewing, one or more missing teeth, swollen, sore, and bleeding gums, or lacking confidence in your smile. All of these challenges (and more) can be solved with the help of dentures.
Most dentures last about 10-12 years, provided they’re cared for properly. For some patients it could be less, and for some people they last longer, but this depends on many things.
Importantly, dentures aren’t meant to last forever. Denture teeth will wear down over time from daily use. Eventually, this diminishes their ability to work properly which is why it’s so important to maintain and replace them as needed.
Proper maintenance is critical for successful denture wear. Think of it like needing an oil change and other important services for the proper functioning of your vehicle. Your dentures are one of the engines to your health. They will need to be monitored regularly by your denturist to help maintain the best function for you and your dentures.
In approximately 95% of cases when proper molds and jaw measurements can be taken, it’s possible to get same day dentures after your teeth are pulled. This will also depend on your oral health history. These dentures are known as immediate dentures and they’re worn until your gums have sufficiently healed for your permanent dentures.
Eating with your immediate dentures in might feel a bit awkward at first and you’ll likely find it easier to stick to soft foods at first. As you progress in your recovery, try cutting your food into smaller bites. This will help you become comfortable eating with your new denture. As you become even more confident, you can include different foods into your diet. But remember, particularly sticky, hard, or chewy foods may still be challenging to eat.
The cost of immediate or same day dentures depends on your specific treatment plan. The price will also depend on whether a temporary/transitional denture is worn at first during the healing process. The best way to find out a detailed cost is to book a free, no-obligation consultation with us.
The cost of implant-supported dentures depends on things like how many implants are placed in the jaw and what kind of denture is fabricated over the implants.
In most cases, the minimal number of dental implants for a removable restoration on the upper jaw is four. Six or more implants could be required for a non-removable restoration.
Food can sometimes get caught between the soft gum tissues and the teeth or implants they’re attached to. We’ll discuss how to handle this as well as some tips for preventing it when you meet with us.
There are several different kinds of dentures and the right choice for you will depend on your specific case.
These are just a few of the denture options available:
- Permanent/fixed dentures
- Removable dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
- Partial dentures
- Immediate dentures
When dentures are created by an experienced denturist who uses high-quality materials, your dentures will be very effective. Dentures can offer a successful solution for treating and managing dental pain, trouble eating, missing teeth, and other oral issues.
You can wear your dentures while you sleep, but removing them at night to give your gums and bones a break from any pressure is ideal. Removable dentures also need to be taken out regularly–at least daily–for proper maintenance and cleaning.
Immediate dentures aren’t right for every patient. They tend to require more appointments to ensure a proper fit, and the cost can be a limiting factor for some patients. However, there are also many advantages to getting immediate dentures that make them an excellent choice for certain cases. The best way to find out if they’re right for you is by consulting with your trusted denturist.
Immediate dentures must be kept in for the first 24-48 hours after tooth extractions for a few important reasons. First, they act as a type of bandage in the mouth and can limit bleeding and also help prevent blood clots from breaking apart. It’s also important to keep them in because once they’re removed, your gums could swell and you’ll be unable to reinsert them.
While you may be tempted to remove your immediate dentures in hopes it will alleviate any discomfort or pain, these feelings are a result of the extraction, not the dentures, so this isn’t an effective solution. Instead, place ice packs on your face and follow any other instructions your denturist and dentist share with you.
The timeline for getting your immediate dentures depends on a few factors. We will need to coordinate your extractions with a dentist (your family dentist or one of our referral dentists) or an oral surgeon. It also takes a few appointments before tooth extraction takes place. Then, you will pick up your denture for the extraction appointment. Finally, a few follow up appointments are booked to make sure the immediate denture fits well.
Your recovery and healing after extractions for dentures depends on several factors. Some patients have teeth removed that are already erupted, while others require more invasive surgical extraction. While the visible soft tissue may heal within a few weeks of extraction, it can take six months to a year to heal completely, or enough to receive your permanent dentures.
Broken dentures can be a stressful ordeal, but don’t panic. In many cases, just a simple fix is required and can be performed during a single visit. For more extensive damage, including if your dentures break in half, they will likely need to be kept at the lab for repairs. In some cases, a mold is also required.
If you require routine maintenance or emergency denture repair in St. Albert, don’t hesitate to call us so we can help you get your smile back as quickly as possible.
In many cases, a minor denture issue can be repaired during a single visit to an experienced denture clinic. For a prosthesis fracture (when the denture breaks in half), this typically requires a longer repair process. Speak to your denturist to get a more accurate idea of how long your denture repair will take and about your options while your denture is being repaired.
The best dentures to get are made using advanced techniques to obtain your specific oral measurements, including precise moulds and jaw measurements. Good quality dentures are also made with premium materials.
Your dentures may need to be relined occasionally to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. This involves resurfacing the denture with a new material to fill in any gaps or spaces between the denture and your gums or other dental tissues.