While it’s natural to want to keep your real teeth as long as possible, the good news for denture patients is that today’s dentures look and feel more like natural teeth than ever before.
Better yet, with the right fit and care, they’ll continue to look and feel great for years to come, says Jasmine Cherry, registered denturist and owner of Parksville Denture Clinic, the central Island’s only certified lower suction clinic.
In years past, a natural appearance and secure fit for bottom dentures was a challenge.
Significant advancements mean qualified denturists can now achieve an unprecedented level of comfort and security – no more slipping or moving dentures, says Cherry.
1. It starts with the denturist relationship. “Some people think they’re going to pick up their dentures and that’s it, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” Cherry says. “If you leave and are in need of any adjustments, we will get you in for your adjustment right away and we don’t charge for that.”
In fact, before patients leave the office with their new dentures, the Parksville Denture staff book their one-year check-up. “We try to keep it as simple as we can for our patients, and work closely with their dentists as needed.”
2. Just like for your real teeth, denture check-ups are vital. After spending years visiting the dentist for check-ups with their real teeth, those with complete dentures also need regular visits. In addition to checking that their patients’ dentures continue to fit and work well, the professionals at Parksville Denture Clinic ensure gum and mouth tissue remain healthy and look for signs of oral cancer and other abnormalities.
Gum tissue also changes gradually over time, meaning the fit of dentures can change. ”Change in the mouth is so slow that by the time a person has realized there’s a problem, it can be significant,” Cherry explains.
Regular visits with a professional, qualified denturist, however, can catch any changes before they become problems and small adjustments can re-gain the fit, notes Cherry, an executive member of the Denturist Association of BC.
3. Take care. While general guidelines have dentures lasting between five and seven years, factors such as care and diet mean some can look great and fit beautifully for longer. Someone with a largely soft diet, for example, won’t wear down their dentures as quickly as someone who enjoys many harder foods, Cherry explains.
Just like your real teeth, dentures should be regularly removed and cleaned to avoid plaque build-up. If possible, remove dentures before bed for optimum gum health. Soak the teeth in a denture cleaner such as Renew for 20 minutes and clean gums, cheeks and mouth tissue with a soft tooth brush, Cherry advises.