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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my dentures last?

There is not a removable prosthesis made for the mouth that is permanent as your mouth is constantly changing. On average a partial or a denture may be expected to last about five years.

Does Island Dentures offer a guarantee?

Yes! Jason guarantees his work for five years. It is important to have regular fit assessments to maintain this guarantee and to determine if your dentures are in need of religning.

Will I need extractions for better fitting dentures?

A consultation with your denturist will help determine your needs. If extractions are necessary, be sure to consult with a dentist who is knowledgeable about the surgical procedures to best prepare you for denture wear. Dr. McGaw and Jason have a team approach to give you the best denture and dental care.
Why are my dentures becoming loose?

If your dentures are over five years old and if they have not been relined every two years you probably will have some problems with the fit of your dentures. Your gum tissue and jaw bone shrink with time. This causes the denture to become loose resulting in a poor fit. A visit to your denturist for an oral health examination will determine the cause of your ill-fitting dentures.

How long will the implants for my (dentures over implants) last?

Reports show many implants lasting twenty years or a life time with proper care and regular yearly check ups at your dental professional. These are the factors which could reduce the life expectancy of your implants:» your general health

» oral hygiene
» smoking
» grinding your teeth

Some parts of the implants may need replacing with time because of wear or deterioration. The dentures themselves should be replaced every five years and a relined every two years.

Why is there such a wide range in the cost of a denture?

Cost = Quality
A quality, well fitting, and natural looking denture takes time to make which costs a little more.

I had immediate dentures made a week ago. I seem to be having difficulties getting used to my new dentures. Is this normal?

Learning to chew satisfactorily with new dentures takes six-eight weeks. The tongue, cheek, and lip muscles must be TRAINED to keep the dentures in place during chewing and speaking.

The successful use of your dentures depends on you and the effort you put forth to master them. Learning to eat with your new teeth will take PRACTICE, PATIENCE and DETERMINATION.Start with soft foods cutting everything into small pieces rather than trying to bite with your front teeth as this will dislodge the denture. Thickness in your speech and perhaps a lisp are also common symptoms which will usually correct itself in a short period of time.

Sore spots may also develop and these can be relieved by your denturist.It takes a little time to adjust to speaking normally with your new dentures. Reading out loud will help speed up the process.

Can I leave my dentures in all night?

No. Your mouth needs a rest from denture wearing. It's best to take your dentures out everyday for a brief time, or overnight. The best place to store them is in a special water filled plastic container called a Denture Bath. This procedure will prevent your dentures from drying out, which can adversely affect their fit.
How do I clean my new dentures?

Brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush and ordinary facial soap. Never use toothpaste to brush your dentures - it's too abrasive. Soak dentures overnight in a commercial denture soaking solution.