Dentures and False Teeth FAQ’s
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear on a daily basis. If your question isn’t answered below, then don’t worry as there’s plenty of opportunity to discuss any issues during your consultation appointment.
How long will my dentures last?
Your false teeth are not designed to last forever. Most full sets of dentures have a life of 8-12 years with 6-8 years for partial dentures.
My old dentures lasted 50 years, why are don’t these new ones last as long?
Nowadays, we have more of an appreciation that changes can occur in the mouth which impact on the wear of your denture plate. Some dentures may well last longer, but you will also need to take good care of them to maximise their life. Regular check-ups are also a good idea so we can check for any nasties in your mouth that you can’t see.
My friend’s denture clinic uses a fancy new technology, do you?
We make sure that we keep updated on new initiatives and technologies. In the field of dentures, there is always a company selling a new solution to practitioners and we have to make a call as to whether it’s a good solution for our patients. There are always innovations to be had, however, we prefer to look at long-term research studies before we make a choice whether to offer it as a feature in our practice.
What happens if I don’t like my dentures?
With any new dental appliance there will be an initial period of adjustment. We help you through this and you can come back and see us whenever you need. The process of adjustment can be a long and personal one but we are here to help and support you along the way.
What if I lose a tooth, can I add this to my partial denture?
The short answer is maybe. We will need to check what type it is (metal, plastic or flexible) and we will need a consultation as well as a call to your dentist to make sure your mouth is healthy. Then we can get it fixed for you right away.
Some partial dentures cannot be added to because they are old or ill fitting. Therefore, we need to check before we do anything.