It is always good to know what to do and expect before venturing into this new chapter with your new set of dentures.
After more than 65 years of restoring smiles, we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions which can guide you as you enter a new chapter with prosthetic teeth.
The best person to answer this question is your denturist. A denturist is highly-skilled and specialized in making dentures. Our team of dedicated denturists can assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw bone to help you understand if you are a good candidate for dentures, and guide you in each step of the process. Our highly-skilled technicians can create natural-looking dentures designed specifically to fit you. As the leading dental clinic, we have been restoring smiles for more than 65 years. Your teeth are safe with us.
The short answer is no you do not. Anyone can call and book an appointment without a referral from a dentist or other practitioner. Even sometimes walk in’s can be accommodated. If you are curious about dentures feel free to give us a call and one of our denturists will be able to answer your questions.
The cost of dentures will depend on the type of denture you need. Standard complete upper or lower dentures can start from 1500-1600 CAD. A set of standard complete dentures can go from 3000-3500 CAD. The cost of partial and implant dentures will depend on the range you need and the quality of dentures you choose. Again, every case will have different needs. But don’t worry! Our team of denturists will be there to guide you in each step of the process.
Getting well-fitted dentures will restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. It will also prevent your facial muscles and jawbone from deteriorating. However, it will take a while for your mouth to adjust to the new appliance. You will experience mild irritation and excess saliva for the first few days. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that lasts longer than 2 days, call and book a visit to your denturist as soon as possible.
After the initial insert, we offer three months of free after care and adjustments at Schaefer Dental. Afterwards, we recommend you schedule a visit at least once every year to assess your denture’s fit and condition.
If you have any natural teeth remaining, or implants, you must see your dentist for a cleaning and assessment every 3-6 months. This will ensure the health of the teeth, and help them remain viable for as long as possible.
Dentures wear and degrade over time, and so does your gum and bone. You must refit (also known as a reline) the dentures every 1-2 years. This will allow the denture to fit healthy on the gum and bone that has changed. This will allow the denture to stimulate the bone in a healthy way. Ill-fitting dentures cause bone to be lost faster, and will make it much harder to wear dentures in the future.
As you eat and talk with the dentures, the denture teeth will wear down. How fast depends on each person. How strong your bite or what your eating habits consist of, greatly factor into the wear on the teeth and dentures. Dentures must be replaced every 5-7 years to replace the worn teeth, and restore any height due to gradual bone loss.
As of today, dental implants are the only alternative to dentures. However, you should consult your dentist to see if you qualify for dental implants and, if necessary, surgery.
Yes! We have hundreds of shapes and sizes of prosthetic teeth that you can see and choose from before we create your dentures.
Aside from restoring your ability to eat and speak comfortably, our goal is for you to wear your smile confidently.
It would take a few weeks for us to create your dentures since we have to make sure they will fit well and that you are comfortable with how it looks while wearing them.
We offer immediate dentures right after surgery, but for health and safety reasons, we will need to assess if you qualify for this.
Aside from regularly cleaning your dentures after you eat and before you sleep, there are several ways to help prolong your dentures’ condition.
Check out our quick tips and recommendations on our dental aftercare page