Frequently Asked Questions
1How do I know if I need new dentures
A denture will normally last 7-10 years but if you are dentures are loose, they are causing sore spots in your mouth, if you're embarrassed to eat or smile with them or they keep breaking, then these are signs that your dentures need changing.
2I have lost only a few teeth, is it worth having a denture?
Yes, if you have gaps in your teeth, then your remaining teeth will move into these spaces, causing crooked or rotated teeth. This may then affect your bite or your teeth may become damaged.
3My upper denture is ok but my lower denture is loose?
Upper dentures are normally kept in place by suction but lower dentures are kept in place by your gums and muscles and therefore they may move around a bit more and may be harder to wear.
4How long will it take to make a new set of dentures?
You will need to attend for 4 or 5 appointments and we normally do one appointment a week. If you require new dentures for a specific date, then please let us know and we will aim to work towards this time frame.
5Do I need to go to a dentist to get new dentures?
If you have no teeth at all, you do not need to go to a dentist, you can go and see a Clinical Dental Technician direct. If you have some natural teeth, we will refer you to a dentist we work with for them to check your natural teeth prior to making your new denture.
6How long will my dentures last?
It is recommended that you change your dentures every 7-10 years as even though you have no teeth, your gums will continue to change throughout your life, but your dentures will not alter as they are artificial.
7Will dentures affect the way I speak?
A new set of dentures will take about 3 months to get used to. You may experience some difficulty pronouncing certain words or sounds. This is normal and no reason to panic. As with anything, eating and getting used to new dentures will take a bit of practice.
8What is the best way to keep my denture clean?
Just like your nature teeth, plaque will form on your dentures. If this is not removed daily, then this may affect the way your dentures fit. Additionally, your dentures may omit odours and may put your health at risk. It is important you clean your dentures everyday. To clean your dentures, you should use a soft toothbrush and gently clean your dentures daily as you would your natural teeth, using a denture cleaner, mild soap or washing up liquid. You should use clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a towel to stop them from breaking if you should drop them.
9Why does my denture keep breaking?
If you are cleaning your denture in a bleaching agent, this will make the denture brittle and therefore should you drop it, then it will break. Dentures also tend to break, due to poor fitting.
10The colour of my denture is fading, what would cause that?
The colour of your denture will fade if you are cleaning your dentures in a bleaching agent.
11Should I wear my denture when I go to bed?
It is not recommended that your where your denture in bed, but you should seek advice from your Dentist or Clinical Dental Technician, if you are unsure. You should soak your dentures when you are not wearing them in luke warm water in a denture cleaning solution. Do not put them in bleach or hot water as this will make them brittle and warp.