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How often should I change my dentures?

When you lose some or all of your teeth, the supporting and underlying gums change over time. It is recommended that you have your dentures replaced every 4 to 5 years. It is also important that you have an annual denture assessment to check that your denture is fitting and functioning as it should.

How do I know if I need new dentures?

If you have had the same dentures for many years you may already feel that you want new dentures. But if not, then ask yourself these questions;

  • Are my dentures loose?
  • Does food get trapped under my dentures when I eat?
  • Do my dentures move around in my mouth when I eat or speak?
  • Do my dentures feel uncomfortable or cause sore spots?
  • Am I unhappy with my appearance because of my dentures?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then it is quite possible that you need new dentures.

Who is the best person to make my dentures?

The best person to make your next set of dentures is a Clinical Dental Technician. They are the ones who specialise in the fit and construction of dentures. A clinical dental technician is a registered dental care provider who is educated, trained, and qualified to provide a range of denture services directly to the patient. The advantage of using a CDT is that they perform all stages of the process: they meet with you, dicuss your requirements, make a series of impressions, make a wax model of the denture, try in your denture and make any changes that you require. Finally, your CDT will turn it into a hard acrylic denture.

Essentially, the clinical technician both meets the patient and the denture. On the other hand, a dentist will first take an impression, and then he’ll send it off to a dental laboratory for a technician to fabricate the denture, who in turn sends it back to the dentist. The downfall here is that the technician never gets to meet the patient and does not have opportunity to assess the facial features of the patient and match these to the type of teeth they select to use in the denture. This is a significant downfall because having dentures made specifically to suit you, and your particular features, plays a big role in making natural looking teeth.

How do I keep my dentures clean?

Do not use toothpaste! – Toothpaste is an abrasive agent that can leave microscopic scratches on the dentures which can lead to the growth of plaque on the surface.

You should clean your dentures daily with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly afterwards. Once cleaned, drop the denture into solution of strident to disinfect and kill bacteria which may have gathered. Mechanical brushing is a must to ensure dentures are cleaned properly.

Should I leave my dentures out at night?

Yes – Do you wear your shoes going to bed? No, of course you don’t, and you shouldn’t wear your dentures to bed either. Dentures should be left out at night to allow underlining tissues to breathe and to let your gums repair. This may not suit everyone so it is suggested that you leave your dentures out at some stage during the day.