Many people come to our denture clinic knowing that they need to fill in an incomplete smile, but they are not sure where to get started. At Ivory Denture Clinic, we believe that our patients are an integral part of the process and that involvement begins with education. To take some of the mystery out of dentures, our denturist and team have provided answers to common denture questions in Spokane, Washington. If you have a question that we have not covered here or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Melissa Loucks, please call our office at 509-536-7675.

  • Q’s Can’t my dentist provide me with dentures?
  • A’s Unless your dentist is also a denturist, no. Most offices use a dental lab to create dentures and other restorations, and a denturist has the skills and experience to create dentures designed to fit your smile.
  • Q’s Are there different kinds of dentures?
  • A’s Yes, there are! Beyond just full and partial dentures, we offer other restoration options, including implant-supported dentures to provide you with the perfect smile solution.
  • Q’s How much do dentures cost?
  • A’s The cost will vary depending on the amount of work you need. We will do our best to provide you with an estimate for the cost of your care.
  • Q’s How do I care for my dentures?
  • A’s You should brush your dentures using a toothbrush specifically designed for them. For best results, use a denture polish. If you decided to use toothpaste, it should contain no harsh chemicals or abrasives since they can damage your dentures. If you are removing your dentures before bed or plan on taking them out for a significant amount of time, you should soak them in a denture solution to help clean them and keep their shape. It is also a good idea to schedule an appointment with our denturist for a professional cleaning periodically.
  • Q’s Can I whiten my dentures?
  • A’s The teeth whitening treatments available online, in stores or at your dentist’s office will not whiten stained dentures. To keep your dentures looking their best, you should avoid tobacco use and dark-colored foods and drinks. Keep in mind that even white wine can discolor your dentures since it has a high acid content. You can also carefully clean and soak them every night.
  • Q’s If I break my dentures, can I repair them myself?
  • A’s While it might be tempting to try home denture repair, you may do yourself more harm than good. Household and over-the-counter glues and adhesives contain chemicals that could further damage your dentures and create health problems for your smile and your body. And a home repair usually does not hold up for very long. If you damage your dentures, bring them in to our denture clinic for repair or replacement.
  • Q’s Can I wear my dentures to bed?
  • A’s You can, but you really should give your mouth and gums a break during the night. And if you suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, you could damage your dental work.
  • Q’s Will I have to “break in” my dentures?
  • A’s While we hesitate to use the word “break,” there usually is a period of adjustment when you first receive your dentures. You will probably need to come back to Ivory Denture Clinic to have them adjusted for an optimal fit. When it comes to eating, you may need to cut your food into smaller pieces or even long strips so you can chew it on both sides of your mouth for a while. Our denturist can give you hints on how to adjust to life with dentures.
  • Q’s When will I need to have my dentures replaced?
  • A’s You should inspect your dentures on a regular basis for damage and to see if they need to be relined. According to the American Dental Association®, the average lifespan of dentures is approximately five to seven years. A good rule to keep in mind is that if your dentures no longer fit you comfortably, it is probably time to have them replaced.
  • Q’s What are the best products to use when it comes to denture cleansers and adhesive?
  • A’s Talk with our denturist to see which products will work best for you.