You likely have questions if you have dentures or are preparing for dentures. Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding dentures and their answers explained in understandable terms.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a prosthetic designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They can be made of various materials, including acrylic, porcelain, or metal, and can be either full or partial.
What is the process like?
The denture process will begin with an initial consultation with your dentist to determine the best option. Next, you will be scheduled for extraction if you need teeth removed. After the extraction, your mouth will need time to heal, this will vary from person to person. You can learn more about the extraction process here.
After your dentist determines you are fully healed, you will likely be brought in for impressions. These impressions are used to create a custom mold of your teeth. This is used to create your prosthetic.
A trial fitting will then take place. Your dentist creates a wax model of your dentures, which you will try on to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal appearance.
Once the trial fitting is complete, your custom dentures will be created. Once they are ready you will come in for a fitting and be on your way to wearing your new dentures! A follow-up visit will likely be scheduled to ensure proper fit and address any questions or concerns.
How long do dentures last?
The lifespan of dentures depends on various factors, such as the material they are made of, how well they are cared for, and the individual’s oral hygiene. On average, dentures can last between 5-7 years with proper care.
How long does it take to get used to dentures?
It may take a few weeks to get used to dentures. During the initial period, it is expected to experience discomfort, soreness, and difficulties speaking or eating. With time, the muscles and tissues of the mouth will adjust to the new appliance, and the discomfort will subside.
Can dentures improve speech?
Yes! Missing teeth can affect speech by altering the tongue’s position and airflow through the mouth. This may impact the ability to pronounce certain letters or words correctly. Dentures may help to improve speech issues caused by missing teeth.
Can dentures be worn overnight?
Dentures should not be left in overnight. Before bed, dentures should be removed and soaked in a special denture cleaner. Wearing dentures overnight has the potential to cause bacteria buildup and can irritate the gums and soft tissues.
Can dentures be repaired?
In many cases, yes. However, it will depend on the damage to the dentures and how they have been cared for. Properly caring for your dentures increases the likelihood of having a longer lifespan.
How do I care for my dentures?
It is important to know that dentures are not cleaned in the same way as natural teeth. They should be cleaned daily with a special denture brush and cleaner designed to be gentle on denture materials while still removing bacteria and debris.
It is also important to rinse dentures thoroughly after cleaning and before wearing them again. As mentioned above, they should be removed and soaked overnight in a special denture-cleaning solution.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost varies depending on the material they are made of, the design’s complexity, and the dental practice’s location. Dentures can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per set. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see if they cover the cost of dentures.
More Denture Questions?
Your dentist is a great resource to answer all of your denture questions. Be sure to come prepared for your next visit with all of your questions!