Q. Why do new dentures need adjustments?
A. Adjustments are an important part of the
denture process. The materials used to make
dentures have been developed to be very stable
and accurate. However, slight changes in these
materials (during the denture making process)
can only be corrected after the denture is being
Certain areas of the mouth can handle the
pressure of the denture base. Some areas can’t.
These areas can only be determined after the
denture is worn.
This adjustment process should be included with
the cost of the new dentures (for several
months) and should not be done by the patient
with sandpaper and/or a jackknife.
Q. Why do old dentures need adjustments?
A. A person’s mouth changes over the years and
the denture may no longer fit properly. This may
be corrected by an adjustment or a reline. A
relined denture may in turn need adjustments for the same reason a new denture needs adjustments. An improper bite may be causing pressure in a certain area of the jaw. A reline may not solve this problem.
sore spot is of
serious concern: call your dentist.
Q. Should dentures be taken out at night?
A. Even cowboys take their boots off at night.
Some studies have shown that taking your dentures out at night (especially the lower) helps
prevent the loss of jaw structure. A persistent sore spot is of serious concern: call your dentist.
Q. Why are dentures expensive?
A. Relatively speaking, dentures are often quite
a bargain! It is not unusual for a person to get
10 years of service from a denture. Considering what they are put through day after day, that’s
amazing. One could think of many things that cost more but don’t last as long or serve such a
vital service. A denture is a custom made, one of- a-kind item. In this day and age, few things
compare to that. Dentures are a replacement for
a living body part (much like an artificial limb
other device) and require a considerable amount
of time and skill for proper fabrication and service.
Q. How long should dentures last?
A. This varies a great deal from person to
person. I have patients with 30 year old dentures that are
still working just fine! I have seen patients
who “chew through” dentures every five years. Some
studies have found 10 years of usage to be
about average. However, most dental insurance plans feel that 5 years is an acceptable
interval of replacement.
Q. Does a dry mouth cause problems with
A. Yes. Many people who have a dry mouth due to hormone changes or other conditions
experience problems with their dentures. “Artificial saliva” can be prescribed to help
overcome these problems.
Q. What causes excess saliva with dentures?
A. In many cases, it is due to the initial
your body to the new denture. First time denture wearers experience this the most. The mouth’s reflex reaction to something foreign is to salivate. This condition will subside as the denture is worn.
Q. Which is better - porcelain or plastic teeth?
A. Some scientific studies have shown that
plastic teeth seem to be “kinder” to the underlying
gums. This may help prevent loss of bone structure. Plastic teeth are now as color stable
as porcelain teeth.
Q. Can I be allergic to my dentures?
A. Yes, but this doesn’t happen very often. An allergist can do a simple test to determine if
an allergy to denture acrylic exists. If so, there
alternatives to conventional denture plastics that can be used. Again, see a dentist if any allergic condition persists.
Q. What are Implants?
A. Implants are best described as artificial
roots placed in the jaw. These artificial roots
can be used to help support an overdenture.
Implants may be helpful to the patient who has
had difficulty using a denture due to lack of bone support. If you are interested in Implants,
consult with a dentist.
Q. Are dentures as good as natural teeth?
A. There is no doubt that the best teeth are the
ones provided by the Lord above as standard
equipment. They are designed to last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, accident or disease may cause the loss of these
natural teeth and the need for dentures.