|Zimmerman Denture Clinic F.A.Q.'S|
Why should I wear dentures?
If you are missing teeth, having a denture inserted can help you to eat
comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your confidence. Dentures
improve esthetics through proper lip and cheek support, as well as restoring
What is the time frame for making dentures?
Time frame can vary from case to case, depending on the complexity. Generally,
approximately 5-6 appointments are required to complete the new denture(s). The
process requires taking accurate impressions of the gums, and precise
measurements of the mouth, jaw, and related facial structures. Time is also
taken to verify esthetics with the patient to provide optimal results.
Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Eating with dentures usually requires some practice. Some helpful tips include:
starting with soft foods, taking small bites, and chewing on both sides of the
Will dentures change how I speak?
There can be a learning curve related to speaking with dentures. Certain sounds
do require some additional effort. Usually with time and practice, this can be
overcome fairly quickly as your tongue becomes accustomed to it, providing the
denture is fitting properly.
Will dentures make me look different?
Custom fitting dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth, as
well as improve certain esthetic options to enhance appearance. Properly fitting
dentures support the cheeks and lips in a natural manner.
Why is my lower denture so difficult to get used to?
Because it often does not obtain suction in the mouth as does an upper denture,
a lower denture usually takes more time to learn to control. Gum and bone
support in the lower jaw is often much less, leading to a ‘looser’ fit. Learning
to control your lower denture with your tongue, and chewing on both sides of
your mouth are a few helpful tips. If still a problem, consult your denturist to
ensure the denture is fitting properly or to examine other treatment options to
obtain maximum stability.
How long will my dentures last?
A host of variables can affect how long a denture will last. Some of the more
common ones are: changes in the oral tissues and bone, individual tolerances,
quality of dentures (and materials used), and oral habits. Certain types of
dentures, including temporary or acrylic partial dentures, and immediate
dentures will often not be anticipated to last as long, as they are seen as an
interim measure in an extended treatment plan.
What if my dentures are loose?
Existing dentures can be relined or rebased to obtain a proper fit, usually on
the same day. A denturist can diagnose whether this is a viable option for you.
Can my broken dentures be fixed?
If you have a broken denture, it is important to contact a denturist. Often,
cracked or broken dentures can be repaired, usually on the same day
How do I take care of my dentures?
A combination of brushing with a proper denture brush, denture paste, and
soaking the dentures in effervescent denture cleaner will help remove most
stains. Consult your denturist for specific instructions, as it may vary on
different types of dentures. Although strong in the mouth, dentures may break if
dropped. We recommend you clean your dentures over a sink with some water in it,
or a folded towel in case they are dropped.
How often should I see the denturist?
We recommend your dentures be checked annually by your denturist to ensure
proper fit. Diagnosing minor changes in the mouth, and relining/repairing minor
issues before they become bigger ones, will not only keep your dentures fitting
better and improve your health, it can often increase the lifespan of the
Do you accept insurance plans?
Yes, our office accepts most major dental insurance plans. Following
consultation with our denturist, we forward an estimate for denture work to the
insurance company for pre-approval. The client is then informed of the level of
coverage prior to any work being completed.
Do I need to be referred by a dentist?
No, we do not require a referral. You may contact us directly at 905.573.7288 to
set up a free consultation with the denturist.