FAQs for Dentures
1. What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types: complete dentures for when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures when some natural teeth remain.
2. How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures sit on top of the gums, replacing missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and match your existing teeth in color and shape.
3. What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
The main types include complete dentures for a full set of teeth, partial dentures for filling in gaps, immediate dentures placed right after tooth extraction, and over-dentures that fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants.
4. How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The cost varies widely depending on the type, material, and customization. Prices can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
5. What is the cost of implant-retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures represent a significant investment in your oral health. While they offer superior stability and function, they are generally more costly than traditional dentures due to the surgical procedure and materials involved. During your consultation, we’ll provide a detailed breakdown of the costs and discuss financing options if needed, ensuring you can make an informed decision.
6. Are Dentures Noticeable?
Modern dentures are designed to look natural and are less noticeable than older versions. Good fitting dentures are quite hard to spot.
7. How Long Does It Take to Get Used to Wearing Dentures?
The adjustment period can vary, but most people get used to their dentures within a few weeks. Initial discomfort and increased saliva production are common.
8. How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Clean them daily using a soft brush and denture cleaner, not regular toothpaste. Soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution or water.
9. Can Dentures Improve My Smile and Facial Appearance?
Yes, they can fill out your facial profile and improve your smile by replacing missing teeth.
10. Do Dentures Affect Eating or Speaking?
There may be an adjustment period. It’s advisable to start with soft foods and practice speaking to get accustomed to the dentures.
11. Will I Need to Use Denture Adhesive?
It’s not always necessary. Adhesive can be used for additional stability, especially for lower dentures.
12. Are Dentures Comfortable?
Once properly fitted and adjusted, most people find dentures comfortable. It may take some time to get used to them.
13. How Long Do Dentures Last?
With proper care, dentures can last 5-7 years before needing replacement due to wear and changes in your mouth.
14. What Are the Alternatives to Dentures?
Alternatives include dental implants and bridges, which are more permanent solutions but can be more expensive.
15. Can Dentures Be Repaired or Adjusted?
Yes, they can be repaired or adjusted. It’s important to see your dentist for adjustments rather than trying to adjust them yourself.
16. How Often Should I Visit the Dentist Once I Have Dentures?
Regular dental check-ups are important, usually every six months, to ensure the dentures fit well and to examine your oral health.
17. How do I chew with my new dentures?
Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. Gradually introduce more varied textures as you become accustomed to your new dentures.
18. Should I take my dentures out when I sleep?
Yes, removing your dentures at night allows your gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health. Soaking them overnight in a denture-cleaning solution is recommended.
19. Can I boil my dentures to clean them?
No, boiling water can warp dentures, compromising their fit. Use warm, not hot, water with a denture-safe cleaner.
20. Can my dentures be damaged?
Yes, dentures can crack, chip, or break if dropped or mishandled. They can also become damaged if exposed to extreme temperatures.
21. If my dentures are damaged, can they be repaired?
Often, yes. However, avoid DIY repair kits as they may cause further damage. It’s best to see your dentist for professional repairs.
22. How long should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?
Recovery time varies depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Typically, if you’ve had extractions or implant placements, you may need a few days to a week. Your dentist will provide you with a recommended timeframe.
23. What is a soft liner?
A soft liner is a layer of soft material fitted to the base of a denture, designed to improve comfort for those with tender gums or irregular gum tissue.