Everyday, our Calgary denture clinic welcomes a wide variety of beautiful smiles. Each patient have a unique medical history and different oral health expectations. Despite these distinct differences in personalities and needs, our patients share one thing in common: a tremendous desire to gather more information about how dentures will impact their lifestyle. Here is a list of the frequently asked questions at our clinic:
1. I’m a first-time denture user. I’ve heard horrible stories about the adjustment period. Will my gums be that sore?
There is no denying that the adjustment period varies from individual to individual. We cannot accurately predict how sore or uncomfortable the first few days will be for each first-time patient. Despite some people having negative experiences with their dentures, it is important for you to have an open mind and to remain positive about your personal outcome. A positive attitude is often the key to a quicker recovery. We always welcome questions- our goal is to provide answers based on medical research and statistics.
Our staff works hard to ensure that your denture fits properly. We want you to be as comfortable as possible. In some cases, patients could develop pressure points or sore spots during the adjustment period. Our denture pros, Curtis and Sam, can do minor adjustments that can rectify the problem and quickly bring added relief.
2. I am worried about my denture affecting my speech. Will I sound differently when I speak?
Dentures can potentially affect your speech, but this is mostly temporary. In fact, your denture should not interfere with your speech if it fits well and is securely positioned against the roof of your mouth. Remember: dentures take a little bit more space than your actual teeth, but if they are sized properly, your speech should not be affected at all. At the time of delivery, Sam or Curtis will provide you with some easy and simple tricks to help with your speech.
3. What about my facial appearance? Will my new denture change the way I look?
The simple answer is: yes. Initially, you will look and feel different. Others might notice the change as well, but patients report getting many compliments for their new appearance. Dentures provide tremendous support to your facial muscles. It is therefore natural for your face to instantly feel “lifted”. You should feel normal again within a very short period of time.
4. Do I have to wear my denture all the time, 24/7?
You should wear your dentures as much as possible, but the ultimate choice is yours as to when and how often you wear them. We also recommend that you sleep without your denture. Some patients report sleeping with their denture. If you insist on wearing it during your sleep, just remember to brush it at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris. You should also brush and massage the underlying tissues with a soft brush.
5. What about the cost? Will my new denture “break the bank”?
New technology and advanced research have made it possible to make dentures incredibly affordable. The investment is definitely worth it, especially since quality dentures can last more than a decade. Your insurance coverage can help with the associated costs of your new denture. Our administrative coordinator, Kelly Lee, is very knowledgeable regarding insurance claims and will guide you throughout the process.
Signature 28 Denture Clinic recognizes that everyone has a unique financial situation. Calgary’s economic recession has made it challenging for some to care for their dental needs. We don’t want this to stop you from getting the care you deserve. Our clinic can present you with different payment options that bring relief to your personal wallet.
Some Albertans may receive financial assistance from our provincial government. This depends on your age and household income. Check out one of our previous blog posts regarding financial aid for dental and denture needs.
6. Do I have to clean my denture after every single meal?
Brushing and cleaning your denture after every meal is not always practical, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. We do recommend cleaning your denture at least once a day, and if possible, shortly after a meal. Armed with a good denture brush and cleaner, you should thoroughly scrub away dirt, plaque, and debris. We strongly discourage using a bleaching agent. This can change the appearance of your denture and cause discoloration.
7. How long do I have to wait to receive my new denture?
Our denturists and lab technician need time to craft the new denture and refine every detail to ensure the best comfortable fit. We do understand and appreciate every patient’s unique situation. For medical reasons, some of our patients need their denture as quickly as possible. We try our very best to accommodate our clients’ needs. Our in-house lab makes it easier to work on your denture within a shorter period of time.
8. Will I be able to eat normally with my new denture?
Realistically, it will take some time to get used to your denture. You will have to learn how to chew again. During the first few days, eating might be challenging, but with time and practice, you will be able to enjoy most foods, including hard-textured ones.
You can read our online reviews to check out what our patients experienced in terms of eating. We are happy to report that you don’t have to give up your preferred diet and the foods you love. Our dentures are comfortable and resilient enough for you to eat almost anything you want, except for jawbreaker candy!