Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures
Denturists are independent professionals, licensed and trained to provide removable denture prosthetic services directly to the public. Unlike other health care practitioners who provide dentures, denturists actually fabricate the dentures in the laboratory on the premises and also do the intra-oral procedures on the patient chair-side. Denturists are skilled in both the clinical and laboratory aspects of making dentures. This workflow results in a more customized set of dentures, fewer problems, and ultimately a happier patient. Denturists are your denture specialists!
Here are some of the signs:
- Sore and irritated gums
- Thinning lips and sagging mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose dentures
- A toothless-looking smile
- Neck or ear pain
- Whistling, slurring, or clicking noises
- Your dentures are more than 5 years old
Your dentures and tissues should be checked annually. Your mouth is continually changing. To ensure a properly fitting, high-quality denture, your denturist will check your bite position, along with tissue changes, stains, and calculus deposits. By helping you keep your tissue healthy, we can help ensure that your dentures will continue to fit correctly.
The removable denture is made of a hard, rigid material. In contrast, your face, mouth, and jaw change over the years. Because it cannot adapt to these changes and because artificial teeth wear down with time, a denture cannot effectively do its job for more than about 5 years.
A “worn-out” denture can have devastating effects. These are often invisible and imperceptible to the denture wearer. Here are just a few of the possible side effects:
- Headaches, ear aches, neck pain, and joint problems
- Laborious chewing, difficult digestion, colon problems
- Dietary deficiencies
- Over-closing of the jaw, which gives the wearer an aging look
- Irritated gums and/or sores
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