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FAQs - Leduc Denture Clinic

At Leduc Denture Clinic, we acknowledge that choosing the right dental care provider is imperative for you and your family. Whether you're considering dentures for the first time or seeking expert advice on maintaining your oral health, we're here to help. We address our patients' common questions and concerns about our services, procedures, and policies. 

If your questions about dentures remain unanswered, feel free to contact our team directly to get the answers you're looking for! We're committed to providing the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your dental care journey. Thank you for choosing Leduc Denture Clinic – where your smile is our top priority!

  • Q: What are immediate dentures?
    A: Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth are extracted. The dentures are made prior to your extraction date so that you don’t have to go without teeth. By inserting them immediately, you start to get used to having them in your mouth right away which can make the transition to dentures easier. It also helps protect the tissues by acting as a “Band-Aid”, helping control bleeding and swelling. They also help keep food particles from getting in the extraction sites, reducing irritation and possible infection. There are plenty of follow up appointments to do with immediate dentures, as your tissues are shrinking as they heal. In order to combat the shrinkage, we place temporary linings in the denture. These fill the areas in the denture where your gums have shrunk, improve the fit and your comfort level. These liners are placed in the denture every 4-6 weeks as necessary for at least 6 months before we do a “permanent reline”.
  • Q: Are my teeth going to look fake?
    A: They shouldn’t! We can add some minor twists or slight spaces if you wish to achieve a very natural smile. However, they can be very straight if you desire!
  • Q: Can my dentures be sharpened?
    A: No. The teeth begin to fill over time due to normal wear from chewing. If you are a “grinder” it can be worse. The only way to correct this is to replace them.
  • Q: How long will my dentures last?
    A: You can expect your denture to last 5-7 years or more depending on extrinsic factors.
  • Q: How much do my dentures cost?
    A: Denture cost can vary with complexities and whether they are complete or partial dentures. We can let you know the cost of your treatment after we have discussed treatment plans with you, with no obligation of course.
  • Q: If I have a partial and I lose another natural tooth, do I have to get a whole new partial?
    A: No. Your partial can be added onto in most cases.
  • Q: Why doesn’t my lower denture fit as well as my upper one?
    A: The lower denture does not have a suction to it like the upper denture. Because of the movement of the tongue and the floor of the mouth, this cannot be accomplished.
  • Q: Why are my dentures getting loose?
    A: Your gums and bone in your mouth will shrink over time and this causes them to loosen up. Weight loss can also cause this issue. A reline or a new denture will help snug up the fit.
  • Q: What is a reline?
    A: A reline is where we take an impression, using your denture as a tray, to take an imprint of how your gums are now versus how they were when the dentures were originally made. This allows us to fill up the space where your gums have shrunk and tighten back up the fit to prevent movement of the dentures.
  • Q: How long does it take my gums to heal after my teeth are pulled?
    A: This will vary from person to person and depends on how many teeth are extracted. Your gums will continue to shrink throughout your lifetime but the majority of the healing will take place in 6-12 months.
  • Q: Does the roof of my mouth have to be covered by the denture?
    A: It does for a normal denture. With implants placed to support the denture, it is then possible to eliminate the palate coverage.
  • Q: What are implants?
    A: Implants are a screw-like post that is surgically placed into the bone to support an implant-retained denture. The denture has attachments on the inside that click on to the implants, allowing the denture to have additional retention. The implant will also help maintain bone height.
  • Q: If I’ve had my teeth out for a long time, can I still get implants?
    A: In most cases, yes! We will refer you to the proper professional to make sure this option is available to you if you desire it.
  • Q: Does it hurt to get implants?
    A: There will be some minor discomfort as expected with any procedure. Most patients tell us it is less painful than having a tooth pulled.
  • Q: How many implants do I need?
    A: Depending on the treatment desired, you would need at least two.
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