Six Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace your missing teeth and restore that smile on your face. But how much does it cost? How do you care for them? Can you sleep wearing dentures? If you are considering getting dentures, these are the answers to those frequently asked questions about dentures.

Why do you need dentures?

Losing some of your teeth can cause discomfort while eating. Losing all of your teeth, however, will not only cause discomfort, but it will also cause your facial muscles to sag and affect the way you speak. Replacing your missing teeth with dentures will ease that discomfort, prevent your facial muscles from sagging, and most of all, restore the natural way you speak as if you did not lose your teeth at all.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are several types of dentures. A traditional denture can either be complete or incomplete. Complete dentures replace all of a patient’s teeth and they sit directly on top of the gums. Incomplete or partial dentures, on the other hand, are used when a patient still has some of his or her natural teeth. They are attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases and have a metal framework and clasps that connect to the teeth that are still present.

They can also be classified as fixed and removable. Crowns and bridges are fixed dentures, permanently to a natural tooth or atop a dental implant. Removable dentures are for partially edentulous patients who cannot have a fixed denture for any reason, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge. They are not permanent and can be removed anytime, hence the name. Adhesives are often used to help keep them in place.

Flexible dentures are becoming more popular in recent times. Unlike traditional dentures, they are made with flexible but durable materials that are more comfortable to wear. They are lightweight and less bulky. They use translucent resins that match your gum color instead of the visible metal clips that you see in partial dentures. Though a little more expensive, they can last around 5 to 8 years.

How much does it cost?

The price of dentures depends on the overall oral condition, the materials as well as the techniques to be used by the prosthodontist, and the general operating cost of the clinic where you are going to get your dentures. You also need to keep in mind that denture care is an ongoing process; your dentures may need to be replaced over time to improve how it fits your mouth and your gums and treat sore spots that you may get from wearing dentures.

What is the best way to clean and care for your dentures?

Dentures get plaque too that is why proper cleaning is a must. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture toothpaste to remove food and plaque buildup on your dentures. This will also prevent permanent staining and keep your mouth fresh and clean. Never use regular toothpaste as it contains chemicals that can harm your dentures.

To increase the lifespan of your dentures, be careful when handling them. Do not bend traditional dentures to avoid damaging their clips while cleaning.

You may need to avoid certain foods too. Drinking extremely hot beverages can warp your dentures. It is also best to avoid chewing gums and hard foods.

Are there side effects of wearing dentures?

First-time users of dentures often notice an increase in saliva. This is normal and will subside naturally as you get used to your new false teeth.

Difficulty eating and chewing is also a common complaint. Soft foods and liquids are recommended. Similarly, you may experience pronunciation issues at the beginning. This gets easier as you get used to wearing your dentures.

Mouth sores may develop when you are fitted with new dentures. Gargle with salt water and maintain good oral hygiene to help treat the symptoms.

High pressure against removal dentures is common. This can dislodge them. Always cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze, or yawn.

Can you sleep wearing dentures?

It is best to take off your dentures before going to sleep. This will prevent you from getting mouth sores and bacteria build-up inside your mouth. It will also help prolong the life of your dentures. Remember, part of your denture cleaning and care process is to soak it overnight in a water-based solution.

Before you consider getting dentures, it is best to consult a team of holistic dentists and prosthodontists who can recommend biocompatibility testing to determine the most compatible materials for you and your dentures. Our holistic dentists will help you with this endeavor. Call Sunrise Dentistry Durango office at (970) 247-3303 for more information.

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