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Should I wear my dentures while I sleep?




 

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I would like to have my teeth extracted and a denture placed immediately. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing it this way?

 

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My upper denture fits tightly but why is my lower denture always loose?

 

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When I try to chew food with my lower denture it tips. What can I do?

 

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How often do my dentures need to be replaced?

 

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No, it is recommended that you remove your denture for at least eight hours every day. This will allow for normal stimulation and cleansing of your gum tissues by your tongue and saliva. I recommend that after you remove your denture, brush it thoroughly, and place it in a denture bath with a cleansing tablet. There are some people that cannot tolerate removing their denture while sleeping. If this is a problem for you please contact our office and we would be happy to offer you some solutions.

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The most obvious advantage to having the denture placed the day of extractions is the fact that you will not have to go without teeth. You will also find that an immediate denture will act similar to a bandage over your gums, helping to control bleeding and swelling following extractions. The major disadvantage of an immediate denture is the fit .The denture must be fabricated before your natural teeth are extracted therefore accuracy of the fit is not possible. It also does not allow for a try in of your denture to verify the appearance. Very often a temporary immediate denture, worn while the gums resorb, followed by a permanent denture six to twelve months later is the treatment of choice. If you have any questions about immediate dentures or any other denture related questions please contact our office

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Lower dentures are typically always loose. The upper denture uses the palate for suction, but the lower denture does not have a stable surface to rest on. After teeth are extracted the lower jaw shrinks or resorbs at a rate four times faster than the upper jaw. As the lower jaw shrinks the lower denture comes in closer contact with muscle attachments which dislodge the denture. Implant supported dentures are the best solution to securing loose lower dentures. For more information please contact our office

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Chewing with a lower denture is very different than chewing with your natural teeth because traditional dentures do not have roots like your natural teeth. Your denture can be compared to a fence without fence posts. With dentures you must develop a skill of chewing on both sides at the same time, just like balancing a teeter-totter you must have an equal load on both sides. The obvious alternative to your difficulty chewing is to place two or more fence posts (implants) which will stabilize your denture and allow you to eat more naturally. To learn more about how dental implants can improve your quality of life contact our office

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On average dentures should be replaced every five to ten years. Over time your face, jaw, and tissues change but because dentures are made of stable, rigid material they do not adapt to these physical changes. The following are some signs that may indicate that you need new dentures:

• Problems chewing certain foods (digestion problems)
• Sore, irritated tissues
• Loose dentures
• Bone (ridge) loss
• Thinning lips, sagging mouth
• Persistent cracks in the corners of your mouth
• Lower jaw sticking out more than it used to
• Dentures are cracked, or teeth are chipped or broken
• Dentures are discoloured or have an odour
• Headaches, neck, or ear pain
• Dentures are not in your mouth most of the time

If you have any questions regarding the fit, appearance or function of your dentures please contact our office, we will give you the care and attention you deserve.