Frequently Asked Questions

What is recommended when it comes to denture care?

When you receive your new dentures from Cornerstone Denture Clinic, you may need further adjustments. You should see your denturist annually for a check-up for the health of the tissues in your mouth and proper fit of your dentures.

  • Lower dentures should be relined about every 2 years
  • Upper dentures should be relined about every 3-4 years
  • Dentures should be replaced about every 5 years

What kind of denture care products do you carry?

As your full service denture centre in Drayton Valley, Cornerstone Denture Clinic supplies products that will aid in the care and maintenance of your dentures.

We are pleased to supply you with the following products:

  • Nu-Dent® professional strength denture cleaner
  • Sonic denture bath
  • Selection of denture brushes and containers

Will I have a say in how my denture teeth will look?

Yes, every patient will have a Try In appointment with the actual new denture teeth in pink wax prior to making the finished denture(s) and/or partial(s). Patients are able to approve the appearance prior to making the finished dentures. Changes can be made at no additional cost while the teeth are in wax. (See appointment #4 in the question below)

How long does it take to get new dentures?

To make new dentures it takes 5 appointments. 

  1. At the first appointment a set of impressions is taken of your upper and/or lower jaw bone using impression trays. Cast models of your jaw are created from these impressions.
  2. A second set of impressions is taken using custom made impression trays from the first set of cast models. This set of impressions is taken with an impression material that captures much more detail for a better fitting denture. 
  3. The third appointment is called the Jaw Registration. A block of pink wax which looks like a denture without teeth in it is used to measure your specific jaw position when you are eating and when your jaw is relaxed. Other measurements like tooth positioning, colour and size are recorded at this appointment as well. 
  4. The fourth appointment is called the Try In. Your new denture teeth have been put into pink wax and can be tried in your mouth for your approval of the size, colour, position and appearance prior to making the finished dentures. During this appointment changes can be done at no further cost.
  5. The fifth appointment is the Insert appointment. This appointment may require 45-60 minutes to complete. Every effort is made to ensure your dentures are fitting as best as can be prior to leaving out office. It is normal to require adjustments after you wear the dentures for two days. Adjustments are included in the price for the first 3 months.

What is the average cost of dentures?

The cost of dentures depends on your oral and physical health, medical conditions, side effects of medications and bone structure as well as the range of your jaw movements. Since there are different types of dentures that can be made the fees will vary according to the technical and clinical procedures involved. We offer free consultations to assess your needs and provide you with an exact cost of the type of dentures you require. No obligation or high sales tactics are used in our office

Should I sleep with or without my dentures?

It’s best to sleep without your denture(s) to help reduce the amount of bone loss over the course of your lifetime. Those that wear their dentures 24 hours a day experience more bone loss than those that sleep without them. Not everyone can do this, some people get sore jaw muscles, or don’t like to sleep without their dentures. If this is the case with you, it is ok to sleep with your dentures in. Consider following one of the two options below if you sleep with your dentures in: 

  1. The dentures should be taken out daily after supper, and put in denture cleaner until bedtime, or
  2. The dentures should be taken out daily, and put in the denture cleaner for at least 1 full hour a day.

How long before I should replace my dentures?

You should replace your dentures on average about every 5 years. The wear on the teeth, changes in bone structure, health issues, side effects of medications and proper denture maintenance are all factors in the longevity of dentures.

Why should I have my denture(s) relined?

You should reline your denture(s) due to the bone and/or the soft tissues changing underneath your denture(s). Once your natural teeth have been extracted the bone where teeth where in you jaw will continue to shrink the rest of your life. Relines are necessary to help maintain the bone structure underneath the denture(s). You should reline your upper denture about every 3-4 years and the lower denture about every 2 years. 

How long will it take to get used to new denture?

Learning to eat with new dentures will take time, it is best to start with soft foods, cutting it into small pieces for the first couple weeks. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness, one or more adjustment appointments are generally needed after dentures are inserted. Your speech will improve quickly. You may find that your saliva temporarily increases until you become accustomed to the new dentures. Because dentures are prosthetics (artificial teeth and gums) they will never function as good as your natural teeth. Limitations can be expected as to how well you can eat and speak with dentures vs how well others may adapt to wearing dentures.

How often should I come in for check-ups?

Your denturist will advise you how often to visit. Regular yearly check-ups are important. The denturist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly and examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases including cancer. See the drop down menu under Our Services about the benefits of the VELscope® examination.

Every person and their needs are different. Prior to starting any treatment you should see your Denturist or Dental Professional.