The FAQ’s for New Denture Wearers

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Starting out on your denture journey can be quite daunting and you may have many questions.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q:  How long does the process of getting new dentures take?

Our consultation process usually takes four appointments from the start of treatment to the final fit stage of your new dentures. This can typically take 4-6 weeks, but each patient’s case is different.  In some cases (for example, if you’re travelling far or have mobility issues) appointments can be combined to reduce the number of visits needed.

Q:  How quickly will I get used to my new dentures?

It’s likely that your new dentures will feel strange at first, especially if you are not used to wearing them, and this is completely normal. Once your facial muscles have adapted to the new shape and feel of the denture, they should be very comfortable.

This process can take a few days for some, and slightly longer for others. We are always available to contact if you feel as though you are not coping well, or it has taken weeks for you to adapt and are still struggling. You can read more about adjusting to dentures HERE.

(You might also benefit from our blog post, "I Need Dentures, Where Do I Start?")

Q:  Will dentures affect my speech?

Sometimes you may notice slight differences with your speech. Once again, this is typically while you are still adjusting to the new dentures. You can read more about that HERE.

Q:  How should I clean my dentures?

Thorough denture cleaning is extremely important it’s also very simple.  For simple instructions on how to clean your dentures you can review another blog post (HERE) which is all about denture care and cleaning.

Upon the fitting of your new smile, we can provide you with a sample of a cleaning product and advice on how to use it.

Q:  How long will my dentures last?

It’s recommended that you have new dentures every 5-8 years, however, with proper care and maintenance and/or adjustments along the way – they can last up to ten years. It’s best to see us at least once a year for check-ups and to make sure your dentures are fitting properly, and it’s always important to come see us if you suddenly find your denture fit has changed, or you experience any issues. You can read more about that HERE.

Q:  Should I sleep in my dentures?

Yes, you can wear your dentures at night, but it is preferred that they be removed. Removing your dentures at night will give the tissue and bone in your mouth a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. It allows the tissue to heal and encourages blood flow. If you need to wear your dentures at night, you should find time during the day to properly clean your mouth and your dentures. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without preforming proper oral cleaning. You can read more about this HERE.

Q:  Will new dentures affect my appearance?

Dentures are designed specifically for you and are made to suit your face shape. It is possible for them to slightly change the way you look as there will be increased facial support with your new dentures. However, if this is important to you, we can work on customizing your dentures so that there will be little to no difference in your smile, other than that it will look amazing and you will feel more confident and secure!

If you are considering getting dentures or partial dentures, or if you already have dentures but are unhappy with them for any reason, contact Berlanga Dentures today! We will schedule a consultation appointment, provide you with all your options, guidance, and help you secure the smile you deserve!

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