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, immediate, 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.
What is a soft reline for Dentures?
Instead of using acrylic, a softer, more porous material is used for soft relines in order to aid improve comfort. Patient preference frequently leans toward a soft denture reline. Since it needs more changes than a hard reline, this kind of relining may only last a year or two.
However, the final outcome is frequently more comfortable. Receiving a gentle reline might help patients with extremely sensitive gums or persistent sore places. Patients who obtained their dentures more recently should also select a gentle reline due to the exceptionally high rates of bone absorption that take place at this time.
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 treatment, 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?
One 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 them 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.
It takes time, patience, and practice to become proficient at eating with new dentures, but it is a talent you can acquire. New dentures may require several weeks to months to become used to eating.
When using new dentures, meals will take longer to complete. You may progressively build up your muscles and get them ready for subsequent items that will be more challenging and demanding by starting with foods that are simple to chew.
On the other hand, you should try your best to avoid chewing gum as it can damage them.
How to fix broken Dentures?
We advise you to arrange a denture-repair appointment with our dental professional immediately, if and when your dentures break, rather than searching YouTube for instructions on how to repair your denture. It is even better if you have a spare set of dentures at home. You can use those in place of your denture until they have been repaired.
In an urgent situation, you can repair your broken dentures at home with a denture repair kit without doing further harm. However, since this is only a temporary fix, you should see your dentist and have a dental lab fix your cracked dentures.
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 them, the extent of customization, the cost of tooth extractions, and the cost of immediate dentures can influence the price.
How long do Dentures last?
Durable materials are used to make dentures. They should last for five to ten years if maintained properly and fitted appropriately, but with time you might find that your dentures need to be fixed or modified for a better fit.
When your denture might need repairing or whether you require new dentures, your dentist, who you visit regularly, will be able to advise you. Your denture care regimen and how well you maintain them, however, affect how long they last.
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 and clean them daily.
In case your dentures become damaged, you should return to your prosthodontist immediately.
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