What are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Dentures are made out of a plastic base that are shaded to match your gum tissue, and the teeth are usually made of porcelain or plastic. Dentures are custom made to match the structure and form of each individual person’s mouth so they help maintain the look and structural integrity of the person’s face. Generally there are two types of dentures available: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Are dentures for me?
If you are self-conscious due to missing teeth, dentures may be a good option for you.
What is the procedure like?
First, your dentist will take a mold of your mouth to ensure your custom dentures will fit comfortably. Depending if you get a full denture set or partial, teeth may be pulled. Once your initial set comes in, your dentist will work with you to make any small adjustments to them to ensure maximum comfort
How long will it take me to heal?
Unless teeth are pulled prior to the fitting process, there is no healing process for dentures. New dentures may feel odd and it may take some adjustments to eating and speaking. However, these problems will decrease after the first couple of months as your mouth adjusts.
How should I care for my mouth and dentures?
Dentures must be brushed DAILY to remove food partials and plaque. Use a denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush with non-abrasive soap or toothpaste to prevent your denture(s) from becoming permanently stained. Clean the denture(s) over a folded towel or sink filled with water to prevent breakage if dropped. At least once a day, use a soft toothbrush to brush your tongue, gums and palate to remove debris. Any natural teeth remaining in your mouth should be brushed and flossed daily.
Can I sleep with my denture?
It is not desirable that your gum tissues are constantly covered by the denture material. Remove your denture(s) each night or at least for a few hours a day to allow your gum tissue to rest. Remember to store your denture(s) away from children and pets.
My denture is causing sore spots, is this common?
You may have some discomfort when you receive your denture(s). It is NOT unusual to experience irritations and soreness with new dentures. IF you have a sore spot, please call the office to have it adjusted. DO NOT ADJUST THE DENTURE YOURSELF! One or more follow-up visits are generally indicated for your mouth to become accustomed to the denture(s). Remember, new dentures will not fit like your old dentures.
Is it difficult to eat with dentures?
Eating with your new denture(s) will require practice. It is important to remember that dentures are artificial replacements of your natural teeth and will not function exactly as your natural teeth did. Eating with your new denture(s) will require practice. Start with soft foods for the first few days and with time you will feel more comfortable eating a variety of foods.
Will dentures change the way I speak?
It is common to notice a change in your speech pattern with new dentures. If speech does not sound right to you, give it some time and normal body adaption should resolve your concern. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. If time does not resolve any speech issues, please call the office. New dentures may also cause an increase in your saliva flow. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the denture, this should diminish in a short period of time.
When do my dentures need to be replaced?
Over time, dentures will need to be relined or remade. Dentures become loose because the mouth changes with time. Loose dentures can cause health issues, including sores and infections. It is important to address poorly fitting dentures before they pose a problem. Periodic checkups will help denture needs.
Should I use denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can provide additional retention for dentures. It is not a solution for old or ill-fitting dentures. If your denture feels loose or uncomfortable, please call the office.
How often should I schedule an appointment?
Annual dental examinations are required to ensure proper oral health maintenance of your denture(s). Monitoring changes in the shade of the bone ridge, wear of teeth and general oral health, including oral cancer, is essential for a healthy mouth.