Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between going to a Denturist versus other dental professionals?

Denturists are denture specialists. Bruce personally handles every step in the construction of your denture: from the first impression to the last adjustment. There is no middle man as is the case of other dental professionals. Bruce has an on site laboratory to produce your personalized dentures. Bruce has the experience and expertise to help you get the best dentures possible.

Do I need a referral to be seen by your office?

No. You can contact our office directly for a complimentary, no obligation consultation.

How long do dentures last?

A proper fitting denture will remain functional for approximately five to seven years. When natural teeth are removed, the jawbone and gums shrink rapidly at first and then more slowly for the remainder of the patient's life. This continual shrinkage or resorption will cause the denture to loosen over time. Another important factor pertaining to the life of a denture is the bite or the jaw relationship. Dentures must be aligned properly in order to have optimal fit and function.

While Bruce uses the highest quality materials available including fracture resistant acrylic and wear resistant teeth, the dentures will inevitably wear down over time. Teeth that are worn down reduce the ability to bite or cut into food. This puts more force on the denture which pushes on the jawbone, causing the jawbone to shrink at a faster rate. Loose dentures can also cause excessive friction and pressure toward the gum tissues and bones, resulting in painful sore spots and expedite bone shrinkage.

Why do my upper and lower dentures fit differently?

The roof of the mouth is shaped in such a way that the upper denture can creates a suction or seal with the tissue on the roof the mouth. This is the suction that enables the denture to stay in place. Not only does the lower denture have less space to cover, it also has to share the space with your tongue. Because your tongue is constantly moving the denture moves as well and no seal can be created. As an experienced denture wearer you will be able to manipulate the muscles in your face, cheeks and lips to hold the lower denture in place.

Why do my new dentures fit differently than my old dentures?

Even the best fitting dentures mayfeel awkward at first. Adjusting to new dentures will require time and perseverance on behalf of the denture wearer. Because the muscles in your face have developed around your previous denture they will need time to adapt to the new denture.

As the bone and soft tissue continue to recede and shrink over time, the inside of the mouth becomes smaller yet the dentures remain stable. Therefore in order to maintain your optimal facial appearance the dentures must be constructed to reflect these changes which ultimately results in a larger denture.