25 Sep Common questions about dentures
Dentures have been used throughout history to replace missing teeth. Today’s technological innovations make them easier to wear and more comfortable than ever. If you have missing teeth, talk to your dentist about dentures as a replacement option.
What are the advantages of dentures? Today’s dentures are lightweight and comfortable, and can replace one or two teeth as well as a full arc of teeth. If you have experienced atrophy in your jawbone, dentures can provide a realistic set of prosthetic teeth without the need for surgery or implants.
What if I only have a few missing teeth? A partial denture can replace one or a small number of missing teeth.
How do I take care of my dentures? You should clean your dentures regularly to keep bacteria from building up on and under them. When they are not in your mouth, you should keep them moist. If you take them out at night, for example, be sure to keep them in a cup of water or denture cleaning solution.
How do I get used to my new dentures? It usually takes a few days to get used to a new set of dentures. You can start by eating soft foods and only eating small quantities. If you’re uncomfortable talking with your dentures, practice at home until you’re accustomed to the way they feel in your mouth.
Can I eat whatever I like with dentures? Your cosmetic dentist will probably recommend avoiding foods like fresh apples, sticky candies, or other foods to avoid damaging your dentures.
How often should I have my dentures replaced? If your dentures begin to move in your mouth or become uncomfortable, talk to your cosmetic dentist about having the lining remade. In most cases, this will be enough to make them comfortable again. If your dentures are damaged, you might need to replace them, and you should have them evaluated every seven years or so to determine if the fit is still right for you.
Overall, today’s dentures are an excellent option for tooth replacement. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, talk to our cosmetic dentist about what dentures can do for you.