Denturist Association of Manitoba

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to see a Denturist?
No. You do not need a referral to see a Denturist.

How do I make my first appointment?
You can phone any Denturist of your choosing for a professional consultation.

What happens at my first visit to the Denturist?
During your initial consultation with the Denturist, you will receive an explanation of what you can reasonably expect, in terms of function, appearance, and cost. The Denturist will ask some medical and general health-related questions, like whether you are in good health, if you are under the care of a physician, or if you have any reactions to certain drugs and materials (e.g. latex allergies). This personal information is held in the strictest confidence.

How will I look with dentures?

Your dentures, personally created for you by your Denturist, will provide you with a natural looking smile. If years of aging and pronounced facial lines are starting to affect how you feel about yourself, take action and see your Denturist first! With a set of professionally fitted dentures, you will see a positive difference in your appearance. Facial lines may be softened or reduced, and you may look years younger!

How does a Denturist make dentures that are just right for me?
When making a set of dentures, the Denturist always keeps certain objectives in mind. They are:

    • the design should support and protect your gums and the bones in your mouth;
    • the dentures should enhance your face by reducing or softening lines, and should hold your jaws the proper distance apart for a natural look;
    • the individual teeth should be carefully chosen and positioned to harmonize with your facial characteristics and any remaining natural teeth; and
    • the dentures should allow you to speak clearly, and chew with no undue stress.

Your Denturist will evaluate your facial characteristics -  the shape of your face, the colour of your eyes, your hair and complexion - when selecting the teeth to use. These factors also affect the colour and construction of the base material that will hold the teeth comfortably in your mouth. In the case of partial dentures, the material may be either moulded plastic or a thin, high-quality casting of chrome-cobalt alloy. Complete dentures will normally be set into an acrylic denture base of a colour and texture closely resembling your natural mouth tissue. No two sets of dentures are alike, and your Denturist will skillfully blend all of these components into a perfect, natural look for you.

Will it take time  to get used to my new dentures?
Yes, remember that dentures are an artificial substitute for your natural teeth. As such, they can feel foreign at first until your oral cavity has adjusted to them. Some patients feel quite comfortable within a week, while others require a little longer. Be patient, and keep wearing your dentures. Some adjustments may be required, however it will not take long for the dentures to feel as if you have worn them forever.

Will dentures affect my ability to eat?
While you shouldn’t expect to be able to eat steak as soon as you leave the Denturist’s office, you will have to learn to chew again. Your Denturist will explain how you should do so, and will suggest suitable, wholesome foods to eat.

Will my speech be affected?
Yes, you may notice some minor differences in your speech. Lisping is not unusual. Don’t worry, your speech will return with practice. Reading aloud is an excellent exercise to speed up your progress!

Do Denturists provide dentures over implants?
Yes. You should see your Denturist first, for a consultation on placement and esthetics. Your Denturist will then refer you to an oral surgeon, and they will work in tandem to ensure a perfect fit.

How long will it take to get my dentures?
Your Denturist recognizes the importance of ensuring you have proper fit and support in your mouth, and will not prolong your case. The length of time it takes to get your completed denture varies and is dependent on the condition of your mouth and gums. Usually, your set will be ready in 1 to 10 days.

Should I take my dentures out at night?
Each case is treated individually, and your Denturist will advise you what to do based on your own circumstances. Your Denturist will also explain any special precautions to take when your dentures are out of your mouth.

How long will my dentures last?
In most cases and to ensure optimum wear, your dentures should last between 5 and 10 years. Natural teeth wear down and stain over the years, and dentures will, too. Tissue in your mouth changes over time. Your dentures may require adjusting or rebasing periodically, so it is wise to see your Denturist at least once a year to ensure your dentures continue to fit well, and whether any adjustments need to be made.

How often should I have a check-up?
Generally, it is recommended that you have a check-up once a year. Denturists are trained to observe and detect any abnormalities or conditions in your mouth. They can refer you to an appropriate specialist, if required.

How should I clean my dentures?
Ideally, your dentures should be cleaned after every meal. They should be cleaned over a basin of water or damp towel to avoid breakage in case they are dropped. Use a denture brush and a good denture cleaner. Avoid gritty pastes or powders, as their repeated use will damage the denture. Use only lukewarm water. Do not grasp both ends of a lower denture when washing, as too much pressure could break it.

How much do dentures cost?
You may be surprised at the reasonable fees your Denturist can provide. Your Denturist will explain what will be done for you, and at what cost, on your initial visit.


The Denturist Association of Manitoba is a member of the Denturist Association of Canada, and the International Federation of Denturists. Our mission is to move the profession of Denturism forward through education, member support and by promoting the profession to the public.

Denturist Association of Manitoba
P.O. Box 69012
RPO Tuxedo Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2G9
Phone: (204) 897-1087
Fax: (204) 488-2872