Nowadays, the advancement in dentistry has allowed us to make dentures more comfortable and natural-looking as compared to what was available in earlier years. However, if you are getting them for the first time, you may have several questions.
Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) on them:
What are dentures?
These are replacements for your teeth, which you can remove and reinsert into your mouth. There are a few types of dentures: conventional dentures, immediate dentures, and overdentures. Conventional dentures are a full set of removable teeth. Immediate dentures are inserted as temporary fittings while you heal from teeth extraction and your actual dentures are in the making. Overdentures are for people who have a small number of remaining natural teeth. They will wear dentures over these.
How to get dentures?
For getting dentures for the first time, you will have to visit a prosthodontist. These dentists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They can work with even the most complex cases where dentures are required, along with determining if another treatment option might be more suitable.
Is getting dentures painful?
After the first fitting of the dentures, you may feel some irritation, which will go away as your mouth adjusts.
On the other hand, the period of pain may differ depending on the case. For example, if you got tooth extractions before getting your very first set of dentures, then the pain may take longer to go away. The same is the case if you wore them before and are now getting a new set.
Can you sleep with dentures?
Once can wear them at night but it is recommended to remove them. This will allow your gums and jaw bone to relax from the pressure of dentures during the day.
Moreover, you should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without performing your oral hygiene routine. If removed at night, they should be cleaned and stored in water.
Do dentures affect eating?
It is possible to eat with them but patients will have to take some time getting used to them. Your dentist may suggest using a small amount of denture adhesive while you are learning. The adhesive will hold the dentures in place as you eat.
On the other hand, you should try your best to avoid chewing gum as it can damage them.
How much do dentures cost?
A full set of dentures typically costs around $1,800. However, the actual price depends on several factors. For example, the material used for making the dentures, the extent of customization, cost of tooth extractions, and cost of immediate dentures can influence the price.
How to clean dentures?
While it is possible to clean them, you cannot whiten them like natural teeth. You have to brush them but not with the usual toothpaste made for actual teeth. Once you receive your dentures, the dentist will guide you on how to whiten dentures and clean them daily.
In case your dentures become damaged, you should return to your prosthodontist immediately.
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