If you’ve visited your dentist recently and have been prescribed dentures, then you might have concerns about what to expect. There are several questions first-time denture wearers have, but might feel embarrassed to ask.
This post is dedicated to answering some of the most common denture-related questions asked by first-time wearers.
- What are the different types of dentures?
There are two types of dentures – complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are meant for people who have lost several teeth or have no teeth left. They come in two types, conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are usually made and placed in the mouth 8-12 weeks after the teeth are removed and the gum tissues have healed.
Immediate dentures are ready-made dentures. They can be placed in the mouth immediately after teeth removal. However, since gum tissues shrink during the healing process, there are potential adjustment issues with immediate dentures. This type of denture should be considered as a temporary solution until your custom conventional denture is ready.
Partial dentures are meant for people who have one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw in good condition. Also known as a dental bridge, partial dentures are either fixed or removable. They fill up spaces between teeth to act as a replacement for your missing tooth.
- Is there any pain or soreness with dentures?
It’s not unusual to have soreness on your gums when you get new dentures. This mainly occurs because of adjustment problems. Contact your local dental office or dentist for help. Once your dentures are adjusted, you’ll no longer have soreness or pain.
- Are there any challenges eating and speaking with dentures?
It takes a few weeks to get used to eating when wearing your dentures. It’s advisable to start with soft foods. Take small pieces and chew using both sides of your mouth. When you become comfortable with eating soft foods, add other foods and gradually upgrade to normal diet. You must be careful when consuming shells or sharp-edged bones, hard or hot food. Avoid sticky foods, chewing gum and using tooth picks.
New denture wearers may feel strained in pronouncing specific words. However, you can overcome this difficulty with a little practice. If the problem persists, consult your dentist.
- Can you sleep wearing dentures?
During the first few weeks of placing the dentures in your mouth, you may be asked by your dentist to wear it even when you sleep. This is required to find out if there’s adjustment issues with your new dentures. Once adjustment issues are identified and fixed, you can sleep without your dentures. Removing them at night allows stimulation in your gums and cleansing of the mouth through saliva.
- How to care, clean and maintain dentures?
To maintain your oral health, it’s very important to clean your dentures properly on a regular basis. Use a denture cleanser and a soft brush to clean your dentures daily just as you would by brushing your normal teeth. When you remove your dentures at night, keep them soaked in water or a cleansing solution to eliminate harmful bacteria. However, be careful when you clean your dentures over a sink. Accidentally dropping them can cause a breakage or crack. Visit your dentist immediately if this happens.
It takes a few weeks and dental appointments to develop your custom dentures. Your dentist or prosthodontist determines the type of denture you need according to your oral condition. If you’re curious to know about the denture development process, here you can find how dentures are made.
Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible. A good dentist will provide you dentures that not only cover up missing teeth, but also help you achieve a fuller face that improves your smile and appearance.