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Dr. Cindy Li’s Comprehensive Guide to Living with Dentures

Hello, I’m Dr. Cindy Li from Excel Dental, located at 49 East Avenue South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 2T5. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of helping many patients transition to life with dentures. Whether you’re considering dentures for the first time or looking to improve your current experience, my comprehensive guide aims to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need. Let’s embark on this journey together to ensure your smile remains bright and healthy.

Introduction to Dr. Cindy Li’s Denture Guide

Living with dentures can be a significant adjustment, but with the right information and support, it can also be a smooth and rewarding experience. My guide is designed to walk you through every step of the process, from understanding the different types of dentures to managing daily care and maintenance. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a thorough understanding of what to expect and how to ensure your dentures serve you well for years to come.

Dentures are more than just a cosmetic solution; they play a crucial role in your overall oral health. They help maintain the structure of your mouth, support facial muscles, and enable you to chew and speak properly. Understanding the importance of dentures and how to care for them is essential for maintaining your quality of life.

In this guide, I’ll share insights from my years of experience as a dentist, addressing common concerns and providing practical tips. Whether you’re a new denture wearer or have been using dentures for years, there’s always something new to learn. Let’s start by exploring the different types of dentures available.

Remember, every patient is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. My goal is to provide you with a comprehensive resource that you can refer to at any stage of your denture journey.

Understanding Different Types of Dentures

There are several types of dentures, each designed to meet specific needs. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Full dentures can be further categorized into conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, while immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.

Partial dentures, on the other hand, consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. They are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth but also prevent other teeth from changing position.

Implant-supported dentures are another option, providing a more stable and secure fit. These dentures are anchored to dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. This type of denture is particularly beneficial for patients who have sufficient bone density and are looking for a more permanent solution.

Choosing the right type of denture depends on various factors, including the number of missing teeth, the condition of your remaining teeth, and your overall oral health. During your consultation at Excel Dental, I will assess your specific needs and help you determine the best option for you.

Preparing for Your First Denture Fitting

Preparing for your first denture fitting can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. The first step is a thorough dental examination, during which I will evaluate your oral health and discuss your options. This is also the time to ask any questions you may have about the process, so you feel fully informed and comfortable.

Once we’ve decided on the type of denture that’s right for you, we’ll take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are used to create a model of your teeth and gums, ensuring that your dentures fit perfectly. This step is crucial for achieving a comfortable and natural-looking result.

The fitting process itself involves several appointments. Initially, you’ll try on a wax model of your dentures, which allows us to make any necessary adjustments before the final dentures are made. This step ensures that the fit, bite, and appearance are all correct. It’s important to communicate any discomfort or concerns during this stage so we can make the appropriate modifications.

On the day you receive your final dentures, I will provide detailed instructions on how to wear and care for them. It’s normal to experience some discomfort and adjustment issues initially, but with time and proper care, your dentures will become a comfortable and integral part of your daily life.

Daily Care and Maintenance of Dentures

Proper care and maintenance of your dentures are essential for ensuring their longevity and your oral health. Start by rinsing your dentures after eating to remove food particles and prevent staining. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to brush your dentures daily. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too harsh and cause damage.

When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them in a denture-soaking solution or plain water to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. Never use hot water, as it can warp the dentures. It’s also important to clean your mouth, including your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth, to maintain overall oral hygiene.

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring the condition of your dentures and your oral health. During these visits, I will check for any signs of wear and tear, ensure the fit is still correct, and make any necessary adjustments. It’s also an opportunity to address any concerns or issues you may have.

Remember, dentures are not indestructible. Handle them with care to avoid dropping and breaking them. If your dentures do become damaged or uncomfortable, don’t attempt to fix them yourself. Contact Excel Dental for professional repair and adjustment.

Common Challenges and Solutions with Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures can come with its own set of challenges. One common issue is discomfort or soreness, especially in the initial stages. This is often due to the dentures rubbing against the gums. Over-the-counter denture adhesives can provide temporary relief, but it’s important to schedule a follow-up appointment so I can make any necessary adjustments.

Another challenge is difficulty eating certain foods. Start with soft foods and gradually introduce harder items as you become more comfortable. Cutting food into smaller pieces and chewing slowly can also help. Avoid sticky or hard foods that can damage your dentures or cause them to dislodge.

Speech difficulties are also common when you first start wearing dentures. Practice speaking out loud, reading aloud, and repeating difficult words to help your tongue and mouth adjust. Over time, your speech will improve as you become more accustomed to your dentures.

Lastly, some patients experience a decrease in taste sensation. This can be due to the dentures covering the roof of the mouth. While this is usually temporary, maintaining good oral hygiene and ensuring your dentures fit properly can help mitigate this issue. If the problem persists, please consult with me for further evaluation.

Long-Term Health and Denture Management

Long-term health and denture management go hand in hand. Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the condition of your dentures and your overall oral health. During these visits, I will check for any signs of wear and tear, ensure the fit is still correct, and make any necessary adjustments.

Maintaining a balanced diet is also crucial for your overall health and the longevity of your dentures. Ensure you’re getting enough nutrients, especially calcium and vitamin D, to support your bone health. Staying hydrated is equally important, as it helps maintain the moisture in your mouth and prevents dry mouth, which can affect denture comfort.

It’s also important to be aware of any changes in your mouth, such as sores, lumps, or persistent discomfort. These could be signs of underlying issues that need to be addressed promptly. Regular self-examinations and professional check-ups can help catch any problems early.

Lastly, remember that dentures may need to be replaced or relined over time. The shape of your mouth can change due to bone resorption, weight loss, or other factors, affecting the fit of your dentures. Regular consultations will help ensure your dentures continue to fit well and function effectively.


Q1: How long do dentures last?
A1: With proper care, dentures can last between 5 to 10 years. However, they may need adjustments or relining during this period.

Q2: Can I sleep with my dentures in?
A2: It’s generally recommended to remove your dentures at night to give your gums a rest and to clean your dentures thoroughly.

Q3: How do I clean my dentures?
A3: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too harsh.

Q4: What should I do if my dentures break?
A4: Contact Excel Dental immediately for professional repair. Do not attempt to fix them yourself.

Q5: Can I eat normally with dentures?
A5: Yes, but it may take some time to adjust. Start with soft foods and gradually introduce harder items.

Q6: Will dentures affect my speech?
A6: Initially, you may experience some speech difficulties, but with practice, your speech will improve.

Q7: How often should I visit the dentist with dentures?
A7: Regular check-ups every 6 months are recommended to monitor the condition of your dentures and oral health.

Q8: Are there foods I should avoid with dentures?
A8: Avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods that can damage your dentures or cause them to dislodge.

Q9: Can dentures cause bad breath?
A9: Poor oral hygiene can lead to bad breath. Clean your dentures and mouth thoroughly to prevent this.

Q10: What are implant-supported dentures?
A10: These are dentures anchored to dental implants, providing a more stable and secure fit.

Q11: How do I know if my dentures fit properly?
A11: Properly fitting dentures should be comfortable and not cause sores or discomfort. Regular check-ups can ensure the fit remains correct.

Q12: Can I use regular toothpaste on my dentures?
A12: No, regular toothpaste can be too abrasive. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner instead.

Q13: What should I do if my dentures feel loose?
A13: Schedule an appointment with Excel Dental for an adjustment or reline.

Q14: How can I prevent my dentures from staining?
A14: Rinse your dentures after eating and avoid foods and drinks that can cause staining, such as coffee and red wine.

Q15: Is it normal for dentures to cause sore spots?
A15: Some initial discomfort is normal, but persistent sore spots should be evaluated by a dentist.

Q16: Can I use adhesive with my dentures?
A16: Yes, denture adhesives can provide additional stability, but they should not be used to compensate for poorly fitting dentures.

Q17: How do I store my dentures when not in use?
A17: Keep them in a denture-soaking solution or plain water to prevent them from drying out.

Q18: What are the signs that I need new dentures?
A18: Signs include persistent discomfort, difficulty chewing, changes in fit, and visible wear and tear.

More Information

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Thank you for taking the time to read my comprehensive guide on living with dentures. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call Excel Dental at 905-529-2164. Your oral health and comfort are our top priorities, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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