Are You Tired Of Eating Only The Foods You Can, Not The Foods You Want?

You can eat anything with dentures

Too often this question is answered with a resounding “Yes”, both by denture wearers and those with missing natural teeth. In addition, there is frequently a lack of confidence and a great deal of embarrassment due to missing natural
teeth, broken and ill-fitting dentures and the inability to eat certain foods.
The limited food choices available for those unable to chew properly includes overly processed foods with inadequate nutritional value and very few manageable options for fruits, vegetables and proteins like meat or nuts.
A restrictive diet results in poor nutrition which can lead to a multitude of health issues – including heartburn, acid reflux, obesity, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal issues and more – which can significantly affect the quality of your life. The solution to your chewing dilemma is easier to solve than you might think. Our clinic specializes in the design, fabrication, fitting and adjustment of complete and removable partial dentures, as well as overdentures on implants. Referrals are not required, and most of our fees are covered by dental plans.
Because most laboratory work is performed on the premises, the quality of care is customized and personal.
We can improve your oral health, which impacts your overall health, as well as your smile, by providing denture solutions.
Take this self-assessment quiz to determine if visiting a denturist is right for you.
Do you have missing natural teeth?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you cover your smile with your hand or
are embarrassed by your smile?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you have missing back teeth (molars) and
think that just because no one can see that
they are missing that it is not important to
your health?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you avoid restaurants or social events
because you cannot eat the majority of food
on the menu?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do your denture teeth feel dull and are you
unable to efficiently eat apple skins, meat or
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you have difficulty efficiently chewing
your food well enough to swallow safely?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you get heartburn or an upset stomach
after eating?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Are your dentures loose? Do they slip or
drop when you eat or laugh?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do they cause discomfort and stop you from
enjoying your favourite foods?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Are your dentures cracked, missing teeth or
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do you have to wear denture adhesive
(Poligrip®) to hold your dentures in place?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Are your dentures over 7 years old?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Do the corners of your mouth appear red
and cracked?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Is your speech impaired with dentures?
❏ Yes ❏ No
Does your family tell you that you don’t
show enough front teeth?
❏ Yes ❏ No
If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, make an appointment to discover how you can restore your smile, your confidence and get back to a healthy and nutritious diet.
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Denture Myths

Denture myths

When it comes to myths, dentures have a colourful collection.

Unfortunately, many common misconceptions about dentures have prevented denture wearers from achieving their optimum oral and general health, appearance and self-confidence.
Some denture myths are; dentures last forever and all dentures are fabricated using the same techniques and skill. We invite you to read on as we debunk some of these denture myths.
There are approximately 40 million North Americans who wear complete or partial dentures. These are dentures that replace one or all natural teeth, this does not take into consideration those individuals with missing teeth, who have chosen not to wear denture(s) due to economics or other factors.

Dentures last forever. True or False? False.
While it’s true that dentures are durable, they will not last forever as your mouth changes over time and the fit and bite are affected. Take for example eyeglasses, (spectacles) everyone knows that your eyesight changes over time, requiring new prescription lenses. The oral tissues and jaw bones may change significantly requiring relines (refitting) of your denture(s) or new dentures.

Once I have my denture[s] made, I don’t need to see my denturist unless I have a sore spot. True or False?
False. If you want to maintain a healthy mouth and an accurate fit of your denture(s) you should see your denturist at least once a year. The oral tissues and jaw bone may change so dramatically in a person’s lifetime that an annual check-up may detect a problem before it begins. Another important reason for annual checkups is to detect oral cancer or any other tissue abnormality. Oral cancer is on a dramatic rise and if detected in the early stages, may drastically increase your chance of survival. Oral cancer is not detected just in those who smoke; everyone should have a checkup by their dental professional. Special cancer screening devices, such as Velscope® will screen for cancer and other abnormalities before it is visible to the naked eye.
During your annual checkup appointment, the following should also be checked and questions are asked to gauge the following:
– Optimum, comfortable fit of dentures. Loose dentures cause chronic gum irritation and/or rapid bone shrinkage
– Sore spots – open lesions caused by ill-fitting dentures
– Determine how effectively you are eating – are the teeth dull? Are you able to chew food as you once did when your dentures were new? Are the teeth flat and smooth, is mincing of food impossible, causing stomach and digestion problems?
– Are you choosing softer, overcooked foods with little nutritional value because you are unable to chew effectively and comfortably?
– Increased swallowing problems that may lead to choking
– Are your facial muscles and lips being supported by the dentures and are you content with the appearance of the dentures and facial structures (lips, chin and wrinkles around the mouth)

Denture wearers can’t eat normally. True or False?
This myth is both true and false. While many denture wearers cannot eat everything they would like, some do have few restrictions in their diets because they have either precision dentures, good supportive bone structure or have had dental implants placed to secure their denture[s].
Although being able to chew all foods is wonderful, the key is really about nutrition and the food value to assist your body function, immune system and in staying energetic. Chewing is simply the ability to break down a food bolus (a piece of food in your mouth) small enough to swallow safely. Food is safe to swallow when it has been minced to the consistency of apple sauce.
What happens to that food after it is swallowed is the critical piece of eating food. No restriction to food intake means that a variety of foods, food textures and nutritional values are consumed for good general health. Your mother likely told you to chew your food 40 times before swallowing- she was right! The stomach requires small pieces to be able to process the food and prepare it for the small intestine to absorb and use to fuel and keep your body healthy. Good nutrition is a key component of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. However, for the elderly, nutrition is especially important for staying fit and fighting off disease. One of the most important reasons for good nutrition is resistance to disease, says Caroline Fee, a member of the core faculty at the Stanford Geriatric Resource Center and lecturer in the department of nutrition and food services at San Jose State University.
Dental problems can also get in the way of good nutrition. Poorly fitting dentures, dull chewing surfaces of dentures, tooth decay, missing ‘back’ teeth and other problems can interfere with the ability to chew and swallow, making eating less enjoyable or even painful. Good nutrition is just as important for senior adults as it is for younger adults. Optimally fitting dentures may actually encourage you to eat a varied and well-balanced diet that maximizes your oral and general health, you will then be able to enjoy the social benefits that make dining with friends/family such a pleasant experience!

All dentures are fabricated the same. True or False?
False. Is there a difference between automotive manufacturers? Absolutely. As with any technology and craftsmanship, there is a varying qualitative difference in denture fabrication. There is advanced technology and there is dated technology. Advanced technology is the sophistication of the instruments used, and the knowledge and skill set used in the fabrication of the denture. Don’t buy just on price, but rather based on the service and care given after the dentures are inserted. Ask a lot of questions, including if there is a guarantee and discuss other treatment options with your denturist.
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Relines and refitting your dentures

Lower Suction Dentures

Part Two of Immediate Dentures

After your teeth have been extracted the tissues in your mouth begin to drastically change. Your dentures will become very loose soon after insertion.

It is imperative you have follow up appointments with your Denturist to monitor the fit and comfort of your denture(s).

How often are relines necessary?

Over time, oral tissues will undergo significant changes. Some denture wearers experience very little change while others experience more drastic changes. Refitting, otherwise known as relining is completed once the denture has been worn approximately 6-10 months* and most healing is complete.

Why do changes occur in the mouth?

There is a special relationship between the healthy tooth root and the jaw bone. The tooth root encourages the bone to stay strong providing support. Once the teeth have been extracted the bone has no “stimulation” to encourage it to remain, therefore it shrinks (atrophies / resorbs).

As a denture wearer, part of the regular maintenance for your dentures is the occasional procedure of relining or refitting.

What is a reline?

A reline/refit restores proper fit by filling in areas under the denture where supporting gums and bone have shrunk (atrophied). The reline material bonds to the fitted side of the denture and shapes itself to reflect the changes in your mouth. Soon after extractions is when the greatest amount of change occurs. Often so drastic within weeks of extractions, that the dentures are extremely loose. At this time a temporary soft liner is placed to help keep the denture snug while the mouth continues to reshape itself after extractions.

Relining/refitting is an economical way to maintain the proper function and fit of your denture and help keep the supporting tissues from experiencing the stress that a loose or ill-fitting denture can cause.

Are there different reline techniques available?

There are several reline procedures available.

Some require lab procedures, while others may be completed directly in the Denturist’s chair. There are special relines made from soft materials for those with very sensitive or reduced gums.

The most advanced reline material and technique is called Ivocap Injection System. This is a proven advanced technique used in this clinic sine 1988.

Ivocap is known for its superior fit, function and quality.

Relining can extend the life of your denture by keeping the fitted side well adapted to the supporting tissue as it changes over time. Stabilizing a loose denture improves speech, effective chewing and jaw comfort. Never underestimate the intangible benefits of these positive changes: a sense of well being and greater self-confidence.

Recap on reline information-

  • Part of the regular maintenance of your dentures.
  • A reline restores proper fit by filling in areas under the denture where supporting gums have receded.
  • Is an economical way to maintain the proper function and fit of your denture and can extend the life of your denture.
  • Relines are often done following the removal of natural teeth. Otherwise, the recommended minimum time to reline a denture is every 2-3 years*.

Did you know?

You do not need a referral from your Dentist or Medical Doctor to visit a Denturist. Denturists must be licensed with the College of Denturists of Ontario. The College of Denturists is a part of the Regulatory Health Professions Act of Ontario.

*Results may vary

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A Warm and Welcoming Environment

Nancy Tomkins Denture Clinic in Brantford is conveniently located at the corner of Charing Cross Street and St.Paul Avenue in a bright, fully wheelchair accessible clinic with ample free parking.

Fully certified and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, we pride ourselves in offering our patients the absolute best in precision denture solutions in a warm and friendly environment.

No dentist referral necessary.