Frequently Asked Questions
How Long do Denture’s Last?
Many People think that Dentures last forever. This is not true. On average, dentures last between 8 – 10 years, depending on the way they are treated, and regular maintenance. In general, dentures should be reviewed every 2 – 3 years, even if they still feel comfortable.
Although the denture base does not alter in shape, the tissue supporting the denture is constantly changing in shape, which in turn may cause the denture to become loose and irritable. Also the teeth do become worn altering the occlusion.
Therefore, regular ‘check-ups’ are needed to maintain the dentures. This may include a Reline to refit the denture to your gingival tissue, a relief of the ‘sore spot’, or maybe just a clean.
All you need to do is visit your local dental practitioner, and he or she can assess your situation.
What is a Dental Prosthetist?
A dental prosthetist is a highly qualified and skilled dental practitioner who makes fits and provides a complete denture service.
Do I need a Referral?
No referral is necessary to see a dental prosthetist. You may visit a dental prosthetist of your choice. The more often your visits are, this will save you time as you are dealing directly with the practitioner who will construct your dentures.
How often should I see a dental prosthetist?
You should visit your local dental prosthetist every 2 – 3 years to ensure your dentures have adequate maintenance, even if your dentures feel comfortable. At these visits, treatments, if needed, will be discussed with you. These may include Relines, to adjust the ill-fitting dentures, relief of those ‘sore spots’, or maybe just a clean. Either way, you will get the best advice on how to maintain your dentures.
What are Dentures made of?
Denture teeth are made of either acrylic or porcelain, and are customized for each client for shape size and colour. The denture base can be made from acrylic or metal, or even a mixture of both
Dentures are not as good as natural teeth, but with proper care and maintenance they can be almost as good.
By following the advice of your dental prosthetist, as well as proper maintenance, you will have a happy, healthy denture wearing experience.