What's involved in getting new dentures?

A: Typically with standard dentures it takes a few weeks and normally 4 or 5 appointments. These include, Impressions (a mold is taken of your gums and/or teeth), bite registration (we measure how you bite and select your new teeth with you), wax try-in (you get to see your new denture and try them on before they are actually finished), and finish (you get to wear your new teeth home). With higher end dentures such as precision or BPS there are other appointments involved.

What should I do if my dentures are loose?

A: Dentures can be relined to help them fit snug again. However, if their bases are too far gone, you may need to get a new denture. If your denture is more than a year or two old and you are using Fixodent everyday, your dentures are too loose and you could benefit from a reline. Relines are usually done same day and should be done every couple of years.

Should I use a denture adhesive?

A: Denture adhesive can provide additional retention even for well-fitting dentures, especially for lower dentures. However, denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of bone loss and sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with Dr. Clyde immediately.

Who needs dentures?

A: Everyone that is missing teeth to varying degree should wear a denture. Complete dentures for those people who are edentulous (have no natural teeth remaining), or a partial denture for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A partial is important to prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting, which will occur if the spaces are not filled in. Dentures improve chewing and speech, as well as provide facial support which will dramatically improve your appearance and smile.

Should I brush my dentures like regular teeth?

A: Dentures should be cleaned, if possible, after each meal. The best way is to remove them and rinse them. If one is able to, brushing the dentures is advised, as well as rinsing the mouth to clean it of any debris. If some natural teeth do remain, brushing them is always suggested. Soak your dentures at night after brushing them, if you wish you can use a denture cleaner. Special denture brushes should be used on the dentures. You should not use regular toothpaste on dentures, as it is too abrasive.

Should dentures be worn at night?

A: Under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove them at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of gums.

Will dentures make me look different?

A: Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. This is where the try-in is critical so you can see yourself in the mirror before the denture is finished and make sure you like the look of your new dentures.

Will I be able to eat with my dentures?

A: Eating will take a little practice. 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. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.

Will dentures change how I speak?

A: Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you're talking, speak more slowly.

You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, consult with Dr. Clyde.

How long will it take to get used to wearing dentures?

A: For the first few weeks, your new dentures may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by Dr. Clyde. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease.

Will it be difficult to eat with a partial denture?

A: Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.

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