A brief Q and A on dentures from the nation’s dental experts all across the United States.
Q: What are dentures?
A: Dentures are removable devices that replace missing teeth. They help restore a person’s ability to speak clearly and eat properly. It is important to find a dentist experienced in crafting dentures as an ill-fitting set can cause problems with the gums.
Q: What types of dentures are available?
A: There are three primary types of dentures: conventional, immediate, and overdenture. Conventional dentures are formed over the gums after any remaining teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are often referred to as “same-day” dentures. They may be used during the healing process. Overdentures are dentures that contour to the gum line and over any remaining teeth. Once you find a dentist, you will want to confirm which options are offered at their practice.
Q: Do dentures hurt?
A: Many new denture wearers report an awkward or uncomfortable feeling for the first few weeks while they become accustomed to their new oral configuration. Some minor irritation and soreness is to be expected. For the first few weeks, many denture wearers report an increased production of saliva.
Q: How many trips to the dentist will it take to properly fit my dentures?
A: When you find a dentist with extensive denture experience, he or she will ensure as few visits as possible. Keep in mind, however, that a number of factors, including your physical healing time and availability during office hours, play a significant role as well.
Q: How will my dental hygiene routine change?
A: Once you have dentures, your dental hygiene routine will change slightly. You will need to soak your dentures overnight and brush your gums, the roof of your mouth, and your tongue every morning and before bed. Your dentures should also be brushed every day to prevent staining and plaque buildup.