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Denture Facts & Myths

As your trusted denturist in Mississauga, Oakville and surrounding areas, Rite Bite Denture & Implant Clinic takes pride in keeping our patients informed. Read about the following denture facts and myths. If you have questions, feel free to use our convenient contact form. Our friendly staff is happy to help.

Denture Facts

  • Dentures will typically need to be replaced or refitted after 7-10 years.
  • Not all dentures are created equal. The old saying of ‘you get what you pay’ for applies to dentures as well. Such features as high-impact plastic, specially hardened composite teeth and precision impressions that consider the movement of your tongue and cheeks are not included in lower-priced dentures.
  • Dentures are custom made for each patient so selecting the right denturist is critical. A denturist with a high level of experience will be better equipped to deal with your special requirements.
  • Your dentures should not be a source of continuous irritation and soreness.
  • Dentures can hide evidence of oral health issues. An annual exam of your oral tissue by an experienced denturist is highly recommended.
  • Your dentures should fit comfortably without the need of adhesives to maintain a secure fit.
  • As you age, your mouth gets smaller. This is a normal process that will result in loose dentures over time. In many cases, a reline can be done instead of replacing.
  • If you are relying on a drug store adhesive to keep your dentures in place, that is a sign that your mouth has gotten smaller. Constant use of these adhesives may cause stomach aches and pains as they mix with your saliva and are frequently swallowed.
  • Older dentures will eventually develop weak areas that may result in fractures of the base or teeth.
  • If your denture teeth continually break, it is a sign of an improper bite. This can lead to TMJ problems, tissue soreness, headaches and other problems.
  • Regular toothpaste is made for natural teeth and should not be used on dentures. It is too abrasive and will eventually wear out the plastic base or teeth. This leads to premature wear and breakage.

Rite Bite Denture & Implant Clinic uses the latest in technology and fabricates dentures that are natural looking and durable. Our high-quality denture materials result in ultra-thin dentures that are aesthetically pleasing and virtually unbreakable.

Denture Myths

When it comes to myths, dentures have spawned a colourful collection. Unfortunately, many of these common misconceptions about dentures have prevented people from achieving their best health, appearance and self-confidence. The fact of the matter is that proper denture fit, maintenance and regular dental care can positively impact everyone who wears full or partial dentures. So check out the following 11 myths. You may be surprised to find out that 1 or 2 you have accepted as fact are actually fiction.

Myth No. 1

Dentures last forever!

While it’s true that dentures are durable, they aren’t any more permanent than eyeglasses. Just as the conditions of the eyes change as you age, so too do the conditions of the mouth. Replacing dentures at regular intervals of 5 to 10 years makes it possible to maintain a healthy, natural smile and prevent intraoral deterioration.

This is probably the most common myth about dentures, and it’s wrong for several very important reasons. You should see your practitioner regularly for an oral examination because your mouth is continually changing. Mouth tissue can reveal signs of diseases. Besides checking your dentures, the practitioner will examine your gum ridges, tongue and jaw joints.

Myth No. 2

Once you have dentures, you don’t need to see your denturist any more.

Of course, your dentures need attention, too. Important indicators of their condition are:

  • Looseness caused by tissue changes.
  • Bad odour caused by absorption of fluid and bacteria.
  • Colour change due to age or a reaction to mouth fluids.
  • Stains and calculus deposits resulting from mouth fluids.

Myth No. 3

Everyone knows when you’re wearing dentures. It’s embarrassing.

This is true only if your dentures look unnatural or need refitting. Many of the tell-tale signs like dentures clicking or slipping, unpleasant odour or stains are actually signs of poor fit or improper home maintenance. Regular professional examinations and following your denturist's instructions on home care are essential steps in assuring a natural appearance. Confidence in wearing dentures comes from realizing that you have taken a positive step towards improving your health and appearance. Protecting your oral health with properly fitting dentures is a smart move!

Myth No. 4

Denture wearers can’t eat normally or even speak properly.

While not all denture wearers can eat everything they would like, many have very few restrictions in their diets. So, if you develop persistent speech or eating problems at any time, have your denturist check the fit of your denture as soon as possible. Good nutrition is just as important for mature adults as it is for young people. Properly fitting dentures may actually encourage you to eat a varied and well-balanced diet that maximizes your overall health. You’ll be able to enjoy the social benefits that make dining with friends such a pleasant experience.

Myth No. 5

I have to use adhesives to make my dentures fit or I can’t wear them all day.

This is a particularly dangerous myth. Dentures are made to fit precisely and usually do not require regular use of an adhesive for comfort. In an emergency, denture adhesives can be used to keep the dentures stable until you see us, but prolonged use can mask infections and cause bone loss in the jaw.

Likewise, a poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores and tumours. If your dentures begin to feel loose or cause pronounced discomfort, see Rite Bite Denture & Implant Clinic immediately.

Myth No. 6

Dentures aren’t like natural teeth; they’re not affected by over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Drugs can affect denture fit and wear ability. For example, certain medications can reduce the supply of saliva in your mouth, making it difficult to swallow or chew. So let us know of any medications you may be taking regularly – or even occasionally.

Myth No. 7

I have a fixed income. Regular dental care is too expensive.

Before deciding that oral examinations and denture care is too costly, discuss the situation with us. Be frank. Ask about charges for denture adjustments, repairs and possible replacement. Keep in mind that if you are in your 60s, you are likely to have 20 more years of talking, eating and smiling. Your oral health is a vital part of your total health. Consultations are always free.

Myth No. 8

I can make my own denture repairs.

Even if you are a whiz at fixing toasters, leaky pipes or automobiles, do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Improperly relined dentures can be bulky, causing increased pressure on the jaw and more rapid loss of jawbone. Do-it-yourself relines can also irritate the soft tissue of your mouth. The handyman approach can cause irreparable damage and may result in the need for a new denture.

Myth No. 9

I’ll be without teeth for days if I take my denture to the denturist for refitting or repair.

Advances in modern techniques make it possible for Rite Bite Denture & Implant Clinic to reline or repair dentures quickly right in our office. If you let us know that you are in need of a denture repair, it can be made on the same day.

Myth No. 10

I know I should have my dentures replaced, but I just don’t want to go through a long adjustment period again.

The first time is always the hardest. You’re a pro now. You’ve learned the basics about eating, speaking and wearing a denture. There will be some adjustment, but it will probably be shorter and easier than the first time. And it is important! Prolonged use of ill-fitting dentures can irritate the gums, tongue and cheek, and even cause the ridges of your mouth to shrink to the point where it will almost be impossible to fit you with normal dentures. Your ability to chew may decrease, and your face may acquire deep aging lines and wrinkles. When you look at the big picture, the temporary adjustment period isn’t so bad.

Myth No. 11

All dentures are the same.

When your dentures are made by Rite Bite Denture & Implant Clinic, you are in the hands of a person who specializes only in the making of dentures. All phases of the service are performed by the same operator, resulting in an accurate and personalized denture product. Services are at very reasonable costs.

Mississauga (Streetsville) Location

6 Queen Street North, Streetsville, ON, L5N 1A1 | Phone: 905-826-1638 | Fax: 905-826-8874 |

Oakville Location

384 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3B8 | Phone: 905-338-2143 | Fax: 905-338-2189 |

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