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Frequently Asked Questions

Find Answers to Common Questions in the Legacy Denture Clinic FAQ

Learn more about dentures by reading the FAQ from Legacy Denture Clinic. Our dedicated staff believes in educating patients and is here to answer any additional questions you might have. We look forward to serving you.

What is a Precision Equilibrated Denture?

A precision equilibrated denture utilizes a series of procedures, premium quality materials, and a customized treatment plan. Treatment goals are achieved by using custom impression trays, facebow transfer, and jaw relation information to ensure maximum fit and function. Combining these procedures with pressure injected acrylic processing and high density acrylic teeth or porcelain teeth, we are able to provide you with a more durable and natural looking smile.

My lower denture is difficult to wear and is often causing soreness. It seems loose. Why is that?

The lower denture is the more difficult of the two dentures to wear. The tongue and cheek muscles, when you are speaking or eating, tend to extend and lift or move your denture. Your upper denture has suction to keep it in place. Your lower denture just sits on top of the ridge. Most people will learn how to manage the lower denture. But remember, tissues change and dentures need to be refitted. But for those who continue to have problems there are other options such as dental implants or soft liners.

How often should I replace my dentures or have them refitted?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5 years and refitting or relining them every 2 - 3 years. This is because your mouth and gums are in a constant state of change. Poor fitting dentures can cause soreness, wrinkles around the mouth and other health problems, making you look and feel much older than you are. They can prevent you from laughing or smiling like you used to.

Is it necessary for me to get a lower partial denture?

A partial denture helps to prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting in the mouth. It will help to stabilize your upper denture and improve your chewing functions.

Depending on the teeth remaining in your oral cavity, cast metal partial dentures may be completely tooth supported, tissue/tooth supported or implant/tissue supported. A removable partial denture may help preserve the natural tooth placement of your existing teeth. Partial dentures are designed so that your chewing forces can be distributed evenly over the entire remaining teeth and soft tissues.

A removable partial denture will assist in the support of your natural teeth, help you to chew your food properly, improve speech, give you lip and cheek support and add enjoyment to your life.

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A partial denture, like the one above is essential. It is important to restore the mouth to its original state. Upper dentures that are not supported by lower teeth can cause many problems. A correctly fitting denture results when the fitting surfaces work together in perfect balance.

What is an implant?

Implants are tooth root replacements. Dental implants are medically pure titanium devices that are planted into the jawbone. They act as a stable and reliable anchor to provide a solid base for artificial teeth. Implants act as an anchor for upper or lower dentures.

Implants can be surgically placed for patients that are in reasonable health who want to replace missing teeth or anchor their dentures. This procedure benefits those who are dissatisfied with loose dentures who would like to eat better and with more comfort, as well as those who would like to smile more frequently and feel more secure when they laugh and talk. Age should not be a deterrent.

Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia by a dentist or dental surgeon specializing in implantology. The Denturist will fit dentures on the implants to provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations and decreased bone loss. Patients who have opted for dental implants often remark how comfortable the implant dentures feel.

If you would like more information about dental implants contact Legacy Denture Clinic for a consultation.

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