Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

Please browse through our FAQ on Dentures. If the information you are looking for it not listed – call us on 07 5438 8892 to discuss your concerns or questions.

WHY DO MY DENTURES MOVE AROUND?

Full top dentures should be reasonably stable. If they start to move in the mouth it is usually indicating that they need relining or replacing. This is caused by your gums continual shrinkage.

WHY DO MY LOWER DENTURES MOVE AROUND?

Full lower dentures present different problems to top dentures. They have no suction and will always move during function. They will also get food under them as this ends up on the floor of the mouth, just where the denture lives. They also need relining or replacing from time to time.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EAT WELL WITH MY NEW TEETH?

New full dentures are always different to the previous set and consequently will take some time to become comfortable. It can even take months for your mouth to be ”re-educated” into functioning well. Patience is required by the patient but any pain or problems should be discussed with Brian any time. We are here to help you make your new dentures a success.

HOW LONG DO DENTURES LAST?

7 years is considered the normal life of full dentures.

WHEN DO DENTURES NEED RELINING?

Dentures usually need relining at around 3 years but this varies from person to person. A yearly check with Brian is a good idea.

WHY AM I GETTING MOUTH ULCERS?

Gum ulcers are most commonly, but not solely, caused by dentures rubbing on pressure points on the gum. This indicates that the dentures are not fitting correctly and you need to visit your dental prosthetist.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY DENTURES?

Soap and a soft toothbrush is all you need to clean dentures. Most toothpastes are far too abrasive to use on dentures, but there are some low abrasion denture toothpastes that are acceptable. If you have partial dentures it is best to use a low abrasion toothpaste on both your dentures and the remaining natural teeth in your mouth.

Fizzy commercial denture cleaning tablets are of minimal value and are not recommended.

SHOULD I WEAR MY DENTURES AT NIGHT?

We recommend that you sleep without your teeth. This will allow your gums to “breath” normally and keep them in good health. When you remove your dentures before sleep, clean the dentures and you’re your gums gently, then place the dentures in a glass of water.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY TEETH ARE EXTRACTED?

If you have teeth extracted and a denture fitted immediately you will need some extra care and consideration. It is common to need some develop some gum ulcers and these need to be dealt with immediately. As a few weeks progress, your gums will start shrinking as they heal. This is normal and part of the healing process. It also causes the dentures to become loose and move around. When this happens you will need a temporary reline to make the dentures fit once again.

The shrinkage process is rapid in the first 3 months but gradually slows down until a very slow, even rate of shrinkage establishes into the future. It is normal to do 2-4 temporary relines during this healing period which may take between 9 and 15 months. It is normal to need to see Brian on many occasions during this period.