FAQs

Q?Do implants make a big difference?
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There is absolutely no comparison when it comes to the fit of a denture with and without implants, the difference is like night and day. You go from having a denture that can always move, cause sores and makes chewing difficult to having a denture that is solid, secure and allows you to eat all the foods you love.

Q?My dentures are hurting my mouth, what should I do?
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The first thing you need to do is to make an appointment to visit us. Sometimes a sore mouth can be just that; sore. More often than not, however, it is an indicator that there is a deficiency in your denture(s) that needs to be addressed. If your mouth is hurting don’t hold off saying “It will get better, it just needs some time”. Call now and book your appointment so that we can help make you feel more comfortable.

Q?What are dental implants?
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Think of an implant as an artificial root of a tooth. A implant is placed into the bone where your natural teeth used to be. As the bone heals from the placement of the implant the bone grows around the implant and integrates into the implant to a certain extent. In the end a dental implant is stronger than the root of any natural tooth could ever be. The implant can then be used to either help hold a denture in the mouth or retain permanent teeth that would be similar to your natural teeth. Dental implants can drastically improve your comfort and ability to chew properly.

Q?Dental implants sound scary. Do they hurt?
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The fear of pain is the biggest reason why people shy away from having implants placed. While there is always the possibility of pain after any surgery, surprisingly, people who have undergone implant surgery will most likely tell you that there was minimal pain from the procedure. Most people report that having a tooth extracted is more painful than having a implant placed. Don’t let the fear of pain stop you from receiving the dramatic benefits of dental implants.

Q?Do I need a referral to come see you?
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You do not need a referral from any other dental or medical professional to visit us. Simply call us and book an appointment.

Q?How much do dentures or implants cost?
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There is no set number that I can give for this question. It would be like asking “how much does a car cost”. There are many different variables that must be taken into account when determining the treatment you require which will ultimately influence the cost of treatment. The best way to see how much your treatment would cost is to come visit us for a consultation. There is no charge for a consultation and you are not pressured or obligated to proceed with treatment. After your consultation we can provide you with a treatment plan and quote for exactly how much your treatment will cost.

Q?How long does it take to make a denture?
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Typically it will take five appointments to make your new teeth. We will go through preliminary impressions, bite registration, a wax try-in of your new teeth, final impressions and insertion. In order to offer you the best care we cannot cut corners for any of these procedures.

Q?My denture has broken, what should I do?
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First and foremost… do not glue your denture back together! Bring the pieces of your denture to us so we can repair it for you. If you glue the denture together and all of the pieces do not line up perfectly we cannot simply “unglue” the denture to realign the broken pieces. If you have already glued your denture together, don’t fret, we can still repair it. It simply means that you may have gone from a simple repair that could be completed in a hour or less to a more involved, and costly, repair that could take several hours.

Q?My dentures are loose. What’s happening?
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Once you have a tooth extracted, whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth, the bone in your mouth will shrink little bit by little bit every day for the rest of your life. It happens to every human and animal on the planet. This gradual shrinkage of the bone is what causes your dentures to become loose. The denture itself doesn’t change; your mouth does. If your dentures are becoming loose call us for your free consultation so that we can determine which treatment is best for you.

Q?How do I take care of my denture?
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Just like our natural teeth make sure you brush your denture twice a day or more if it’s needed. Don’t use toothpaste or any other abrasive cleaner on your denture. The abrasives in toothpaste will gradually wear away the shiny surface and cause microscopic scratches in the denture. These scratches will let plaque and tartar stick to your denture faster. Use a gentle cleaner that you can pick up from the drug store or use dish soap and water. Using the tablet cleaners to help clean your denture by soaking them is ok, but make sure you brush your denture first before placing it in the cup of water with the tablet. If your denture has a soft liner in it do not use tablet style cleaners, or any cleaner you would soak your denture in, for more then five minutes.

Q?What is a Denturist?
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Denturists are specialists at fabricating both conventional and implant retained dentures.  Denturists are part of your oral health care team and work with you and your dentist or oral surgeon to achieve the results you want. Barry has his own dental lab on site, which means that your teeth never leave his office.  In addition to being the clinical practitioner Barry is also the person who personally crafts your new smile from start to finish in the lab.  Denturists can help you understand the many different tooth replacement options available to you from a one tooth partial denture to more involved treatments with implants.