Whether you are considering getting dentures, already have them, or know someone with them, you may have some questions about them. Here is information on what dentures are, what kind of care they require, and how dentures can improve your oral health. We hope to help you find the answers to all your denture questions and to determine if dentures are right for you.
What are Dentures?
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are artificial teeth and gums that are custom-made to fit your mouth and replace missing or removed natural teeth. They can be either full or partial, depending on how many teeth you need to replace. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on either the top or bottom gum line, while partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth.
Regardless of what type of dentures you may need, they will be specially made to fit your mouth and visually matched to your existing teeth.
What are some tips for adjusting to new dentures?
- Start by wearing your dentures for a few hours each day and gradually increase the amount of time you wear them as you get more comfortable.
- Eat soft foods and chew slowly and carefully. Avoid sticky or chewy foods that can get stuck under your dentures.
- Speak slowly and clearly. You may find it helpful to practice reading aloud or talking to yourself in a mirror.
- If you experience any pain or discomfort, contact your dentist immediately. They can make adjustments to your dentures to improve the fit and reduce discomfort.
How do I clean my dentures?
- Brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture toothpaste.
- Be sure to brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the inside and outside.
- Soak your dentures in water or a denture-soaking solution overnight.
Should I sleep with my dentures in?
It is best to remove your dentures before going to bed. This will give your gums and underlying bone a chance to rest and heal.
How often should I see my dentist for professional denture care?
Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to have your dentures professionally cleaned and inspected. Your dentist can also make adjustments to your dentures as needed to ensure a proper fit.
What are some other tips for caring for my dentures?
- Handle your dentures with care to avoid dropping them. If you do drop your dentures, pick them up carefully and inspect them for cracks or damage. If you see any damage, take them to your dentist for repair.
- Avoid smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, as these can stain and damage your dentures.
- Replace your dentures every five to seven years, as they can wear down and become loose over time.
What are some common challenges people experience with dentures?
Some common challenges people experience when first getting used to dentures include:
- Sore gums: This is normal during the adjustment period. Your dentist can recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or make adjustments to your dentures to help reduce discomfort.
- Loose dentures: Dentures can become loose over time as your gums and bone shrink. Your dentist can make adjustments to your dentures or create new dentures that fit better.
- Difficulty speaking: It may take some time to learn how to speak clearly with dentures. Try speaking slowly and carefully at first. You may also find it helpful to practice reading aloud or talking to yourself in a mirror.
- Difficulty eating: It is best to start by eating soft foods and chewing slowly and carefully. Avoid sticky or chewy foods that can get stuck under your dentures. As you get more comfortable, you can gradually add more solid foods to your diet.
If you are experiencing any of these challenges, please talk to your dentist. They can help you overcome them and enjoy your new dentures to the fullest.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your dentures, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist or hygienist. They are there to help you and want to make sure that you are successful with your new dentures. Or you can contact us at Sbenati Dentistry today to schedule a consultation https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview
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