Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change my dentures?
How often should I get a reline?
The bone under missing teeth continually
changes it structure and constantly deteriorates. As a result
dentures become loose and ill fitting. Dentures should be
relined every 2-3 years and should be replaced every 5-7
years to maintain optimal oral health.
What are some common denture problems
and the associated health risks?
Some common problems include worn out teeth,
over closure (collapsed facial expression), cracks, discolouration,
and lack of retention. If these problems are neglected it
can lead to serious TMJ problems, headaches, backaches,
and drastic changes in weight.
Should I sleep with my dentures in my
If you do not clench or grind your teeth
at night it is recommended that you sleep with your dentures
out. This allows the blood a chance to circulate through
the gums freely. Store the denture in water or in a commercially
available cleaning solution in a covered container. Change
the water or solution daily and be sure to wash the container.
How often should I clean my dentures?
Your dentures need to be cleaned thoroughly
daily to maintain a healthy, comfortable and attractive
smile. Clean your dentures especially after meals and at
night with a specially designed denture brush and proper
cleaning solution. The tissues in your mouth also need to
be massaged in order to clear away debris. This massaging
will also help to maintain proper circulation in your gums.
Should I use denture adhesive?
If so, how much?
Adhesives can be useful in keeping
dentures in place, especially when jawbones have shrunk.
However adhesives should not be used to compensate for poorly
fitting dentures. If you are using more than three tiny
spots of paste you are using too much and your denture health
is at stake. If this is the case it may be time for a reline
or a new set to improve the fit of your denture. Regular
visits to the denturist are just as important to denture
wearers as they are for people with natural teeth to see