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How long does it take to have dentures fabricated?

The denture-making process involves various essential steps in order to attain the proper fit, aesthetics, and function.

The first appointment is devoted to taking impressions of the mouth: top and bottom. The second step is to take measurements and begin customizing the denture(s). On the third visit, the denture(s) are built up in a wax form of what your permanent dentures will look like.

This allows verification of the bite and aesthetics prior to the final product being produced. At this stage, changes can still be made if something needs to be perfected.

The final appointment is the fitting: the day you get to wear your new smile home. Everything is double-checked to ensure comfort and instructions are reviewed for expectations and care. If necessary follow-up appointments are required, they are included in the cost of your treatment and can be scheduled as soon as any issues that may arise.

The entire process of standard denture treatment can take anywhere from one to two months, depending on your schedule.

How much does my insurance cover for my denture(s)?

Each client has a unique insurance policy. In order to determine if your treatment is covered through your plan, a consultation is necessary. We will happily do any insurance pre-authorizations for you should you decide to seek treatment within our clinic.

Once a consultation is completed, we will know exactly what treatment is necessary for you and submit this to your insurance. You will gather important information at your consultation. Book yours today by calling 705-575-3442.

How long will it take me to get used to my new dentures?

Dentures can be challenging to get used to. Their function is very different from having your own teeth. How well you learn to eat and speak will be unique from person to person.

Dentures are a prosthetic. Making a prosthetic work as well as the real thing can be challenging. Wearing your denture(s) all day will give you the best opportunity to get used to them. How you speak and chew food will be very different from what you are used to. Be patient and practice!

My bottom dentures are very loose; what should I do?

A common misconception about “loose” bottom dentures is that they need to be relined. Sometimes this can be the case; however, more often than not, a reline won’t solve the issue.

If you are like the majority of the population who have been wearing bottom dentures for a long time, your lower jaw bone is very short. Full bottom dentures have little to sit on in order to resist lateral forces that you encounter when chewing and speaking. Implant-retained dentures are always an option to explore to help solve this issue.

If you would like more information on implant-retained dentures, call for a consultation today!

I’m having a hard time chewing food; I think I need a reline

When you get to the point when you realize you are always the last one eating at the dinner table, your dentures are a likely reason. If your dentures are 15 years or older, they probably need to be replaced. Remember, you use them on a daily basis to chew and to smile; they are plastic and don’t last forever.

Have your dentures assessed before they become severely worn, and cause other problems. A misconception is that your dentures need to be relined. Relines only refit the tissue-fitting surface of the denture(s), but will not improve chewing capabilities.

How long will my dentures last?

It’s a good idea to have your dentures assessed every ten years. You may wear through yours more quickly than other people, depending on your habits and how often you wear them.

Letting your dentures get to the point where they are severely worn can result in issues with your jaw muscles and joints as well as tissue lesions from ill-fitting or improperly aligned dentures. Don’t hesitate to have your dentures assessed today for FREE!

My dentures flop around in my mouth; what should I do?

If you are wearing a full set of dentures, there are options to explore for helping you stabilize them. Ensuring the proper fit is number one. If the dentures fit your gums properly but you experience difficulties keeping them in place, you have some options.

Complete denture wearers are often advised to look into having their dentures stabilized with implants. This is the most effective treatment option to stabilize a denture when and if it is a possibility in your situation. Another choice is to utilize denture adhesives such as PoliGrip or Fixodent. Denture adhesives are a temporary solution that need to be applied regularly and on a daily basis.

If you find your mouth to be dry — often caused by certain medications — saliva substitutes may be advantageous. Without proper saliva flow, the stability of a denture can be compromised.

Ensuring that your denture is the proper fit is most important. If the fit is poor, none of the above options will be a solution. Have your dentures assessed to determine the best option for “loose” dentures. 

Is it okay to wear my dentures to bed?

Dentures sit in the mouth, and cover a large surface area of oral tissue. Allowing your gums a break from wearing your dentures is ideal. Tissue lesions and growths may become a problem that can sometimes be irreversible. Give the tissues in your mouth a chance to breathe while you are sleeping.

If you are in the habit of wearing your denture(s) to bed, you may also find they need to be replaced more often. You may brux or grind your teeth in your sleep, which will decrease the lifespan of your dentures by wearing down the teeth quicker. Removing your dentures should be a part of your pre-bedtime routine.

I am wearing a partial denture but I have to have the remainder of my teeth removed.  Can I add the teeth to the denture and continue wearing it?

Partial dentures function very differently from complete dentures. The design and function are not comparable. Most partial dentures ideally should be replaced by a properly fitted complete denture. Most partial denture designs do not allow for additions of teeth to function for a long period of time.

Additions or conversions of dentures, where applicable, are short-term solutions during a healing period after extractions, and a more permanent option should be planned soon after. To find out if your partial denture can be added to when you lose a tooth, call the office to have it assessed.

I wear a full set of dentures and my lower one doesn’t fit. Can I just have the lower denture remade?

This is a very common question. There is good news and bad news. The bad news is, if one denture is worn or doesn’t fit properly, the same would be the case for the opposing denture. When only one denture is replaced, the chewing abilities are not restored to how they should be since the other half of the mouth is still in a worn condition.

The good news is, you could have better aesthetics and chewing capabilities by having both replaced. You may be missing out on a good fit and better chewing abilities which can be restored with a complete set of dentures. The best comparison is, you wouldn’t fix worn brakes on just the left side of the car when you are in need of a new brake job. Do what is best for your oral health and treat your mouth as one functioning unit.

Will my mouth get sore after I get a new set of dentures?

There is a chance you may develop a chancre sore or “hot spot” during the days following the appointment to insert your new dentures. As uncomfortable as it can sometimes be, this is completely normal. While you are getting used to the new fit and pressures in your mouth, a sore may develop.

If this happens, call the office right away and we will schedule a same-day adjustment if you wish. Some sore spots will go away on their own with salt water rinses. If the sore lingers or gets worse, don’t hesitate to call. Adjustments take only a few minutes and can provide significant relief. This may happen a few times or not at all; everyone’s situation is different.

I have natural teeth that need to be removed and I will have to wear dentures. Can I get immediate dentures or should I allow my gums to heal completely first?

Our number-one suggested route would be to have the remainder of the teeth extracted, allow for adequate healing, and then have the dentures fabricated on a good foundation. More detailed information on immediate dentures vs. standard dentures is listed in the “Treatments” tab of the website.

In short, it is always best to have dentures built to fit the gums in a state where they are not consistently changing. When a tooth is removed, the bone and gums surrounding that area go through a reforming process called resorption. If the dentures are made to fit the mouth prior to the majority of resorption, the dentures will no longer fit after it occurs.

Not having any teeth in your mouth may not be an option either, in which case immediate dentures can be fabricated so you are never without teeth in your mouth. See the immediate denture information to help you decide which treatment option is best suited for you.

Will dentures affect the way I eat?

Chewing with dentures can be quite challenging at first. Learning to stabilize your dentures in your mouth while you attempt to chew food takes practice. Be patient! Remember that you are essentially using two pieces of customized plastic to chew food for you.

In a mouth with a full complement of healthy teeth, there are on average 28 teeth that function individually to chew food. With a complete set of dentures, you are relying on two pieces of plastic to work together to perform the same job.

Chewing is definitely compromised but is possible with practice! Ask Dr. Hewson for tips to help stabilizing your denture and make chewing easier.

I have been wearing the same dentures for 25 years without any problems. Now I am starting to get sores in my mouth.

Our bodies change drastically over the span of 25 years. The same changes we see throughout our body can also be noticed in the mouth. The way the denture bases fit the gums is not apt to be the same as they did 25 years before.

Since dentures should be assessed every ten years for wear patterns and fit issues, it’s highly likely there has been a change in the dentures, your gums, or both. These changes should be compensated for with a properly fitted and functioning set of dentures. If your dentures are more than ten years old, have your smile assessed to avoid potential jaw issues and tissue sores.

Will my taste be compromised by wearing dentures?

Dentures cover a large surface area of your mouth. Most of us don’t realize how many taste buds and tactile sensations we have in our mouths, until the ability is compromised. You lose the natural sensation of chewing and taste when you wear dentures.

My denture broke and I used crazy glue to fix it and it broke again.

Dentures are built with plastic and can be fixed using the same materials to re-bond the broken pieces. Crazy glue contains chemicals that are not meant to be ingested. A common misconception is that crazy glue will fix it, even temporarily. Do not ever attempt to fix your own denture!

When a denture breaks, it needs to be fixed exactly how it was prior to the break. Adding crazy glue can dramatically compromise the fit and alignment of a denture, and result in the potential need to have a new one built. Save yourself the time, money, and frustration and bring it to the professionals.

What is the difference between a dentist and a denturist making my dentures?

Dentists specialize in taking care of any problems you may encounter in your mouth with your natural and/or false teeth. They work in collaboration with an external dental lab to meet your prosthetic needs.

A denturist specializes in the fitting and fabricating of all removable dentures. Every step of the fitting and fabricating procedure for dentures is completed by the denturist. You discuss your needs and expectations with the denturist who is building your new smile. Everything is done on site in a timely matter to get your smile built with precision in a reasonable amount of time.

No referrals are needed to begin treatment with a denturist. If treatment is required to be combined with your family dentist, we will assist you in coordinating appointments to ensure you receive the complete circle of oral care.

How can I whiten my dentures?

Unfortunately, dentures cannot be whitened. If you are looking for a brighter smile, you will need a new denture to change the shade of the teeth. Dentures can sometimes harbour stains that make them appear darker. Products are available to remove stains, and we have them in our office. To determine what can be done to brighten your smile, schedule a free consultation!

Will I experience any pain at my appointments?

The process of building dentures is painless. The series of fitting appointments warrant no discomfort or pain. 

How much do dentures cost?

Each patient’s treatment is unique. We will discuss what is necessary to restore your smile with you and explain the costs involved. We accept all insurance policies and also VISA, MasterCard, and Interac for your convenience. Schedule an appointment to determine what we can do for you!

Do you guarantee your dentures?

We guarantee our denture work for up to five years on NEW dentures. If you are faced with an issue with your new dentures, please call the office immediately and we will determine the best solution to assist you. Repairs on aged or ill-fitting dentures are not guaranteed. Your dentures will be assessed to determine the best solution to avoid recurring problems.

"I would highly recommend the Sault Algoma Denture Clinic to anyone. They listen to your needs and provide excellent, caring service to make sure you are satisfied. Instead of focusing on losing your own teeth, they focus on building your new smile the way you would like them to be!"~ Miss Evans
"I was recommended by a dentist friend of the family. The service quality was EXCEPTIONAL. There were no problems that needed to be resolved, which speaks volumes! All went very well! We would highly recommend you to all our family and friends who require your services."~ Claude C.
"The Sault Algoma Denture Clinic is definitely the right and best place to have any treatment done. The problems were all resolved, making me very happy and satisfied. I would not hesitate at all to recommend treatment at your clinic to family and friends with ease. Thanks for the excellent job done!"~ Don K.
"I was referred to the Sault Algoma Denture Clinic by my family dentist. I was more than impressed by the service of the clinic. The staff was very pleasant and had no problem answering any questions I had. I would definitely recommend ANYONE to have treatment completed with this clinic."~ Serge
"I was referred to this denture clinic from my family dentist. My experience with Angela and her staff was nothing but excellent. Her friendly and professional demeanor made me feel quite comfortable. I would recommend the Sault Algoma Denture Clinic to anyone who needs dentures."~ Anonymous

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Angela Hewson, Denturist
677 Great Northern Rd. #5
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6B 5A1
(705) 575-3442