Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all teeth and removable partial dentures replace some teeth. By matching each individual’s unique smile and bite, dentures can improve facial appearance and self-confidence. Dentures may also improve speech problems caused by missing teeth and will improve chewing.
I want dentures. Where do I start? What is a denture specialist?
The best starting point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see a Prosthodontist. A Prosthodontist is often referred to as a “denture specialist”.
Why should I choose your office to make my denture ?
If you are looking for the highest quality, most natural-looking, best fitting denture our specialists have the knowledge and expertise to make that a reality. You (the patient) will personally be involved into sculpting your own smile. We use only the best materials and laboratories and give you the luxury of “try-ins” before finalizing the denture.
What are the different types of dentures ?
Dentures may replace all the teeth or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures as well. Your Prosthodontist will discuss the options with you.
Can you have teeth pulled out and dentures put in on the same day or in the same week?
Yes, it is possible to have your teeth removed and dentures put in the same day. The dentures are called immediate dentures and you should talk to your Prosthodontist to see if that treatment is the best for your mouth. A Prosthodontist (Denture Specialist) is a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.
Should dentures be painful?
When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. When it comes to moderate or severe pain beyond the initial adjustment time, patients tend to misunderstand why their dentures are painful. Many patients self diagnose the problem try to resolve the issue themselves only exacerbate the situation. Painful dentures, loose dentures or dentures requiring adhesive to stay in place are NOT the norm. A good denture has to have good suction when placed inside the mouth. It must resist any force to remove it. The bite has to be even on both sides and usually front anterior teeth do not touch. Your Prosthodontist (denture specialist) will design a denture that will fit you properly and regular checkups and periodic relines will help to maintain proper fit over many years.
Can I brush my dentures with toothpaste?
No, toothpastes are designed to be used on teeth, and they often contain materials and chemicals that help whiten and strengthen teeth, but may harm dentures, which are made of a very durable plastic. Even though the plastic is strong, it is not as strong as the enamel of teeth and may be scratched by using toothpaste to clean your dentures. You should use a dish washing liquid and a special denture brush to clean your dentures by hand every day. After rinsing them thoroughly, soak your dentures in water-based cleaning solution overnight. Do not use bleach on your dentures unless your dentist or Prosthodontist gives you special instructions on using bleach. Dilute household bleach can be used to clean and disinfect your denture, but don’t use bleach until you see your dentist for instructions.
How do I repair broken dentures?
The best solution is to visit a dentist or Prosthodontist and have the cracked denture repaired professionally. It may seem easy to fix, but it is important that the repair is done correctly to prevent problems with chewing and to avoid any sore spots. The dentist also needs to check the denture and adjust it after it is repaired. The denture may be too old and may no longer fit closely to your gums, and you may need a new denture.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
Yes, you can wear your dentures at night but it is preferred that they be removed. You should remove your dentures at night and this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. If you need to wear your dentures for social reasons or to prevent your jaws from over closing, you should find time during the day to properly clean your mouth and your prostheses. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without preforming proper oral hygiene. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Most patients need to learn how use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.
How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?
If the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did, you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline”. Check with your Prosthodontist to see if your dentures can be relined. This procedure will enable your dentures to fit better, and tighter, than they have previously. This procedure can be done by your dentist or Prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.
Is it time to replace my dentures?
If your teeth are flat or the base is oversized then it is time to act. Don’t wait until you’re unable to chew and you have large sores in your mouth. If you wait until you have these symptoms, fabricating a new denture is very challenging and you have lived with unnecessary discomfort.
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