Dentures can restore the function of your mouth and give you a beautiful new smile in the process. However, we understand that these devices can take some getting used to. Here are some common questions our patients ask during the process of getting dentures.
How do I clean my dentures?
It is important to clean your dentures daily—after each meal, if possible—to remove bacteria and debris. To do so, take your dentures out over a towel or basin of water to prevent them from breaking if you drop them. Then, use a denture brush and denture cleaner to scrub all surfaces of the dentures carefully. Remember: do not use normal toothpaste, as it can harm dentures. Rinse the dentures with lukewarm water thoroughly, and keep them wet to prevent them from warping.
Can I wear dentures while I sleep?
Though you can wear them while you sleep, it is preferable to remove them. Taking them out gives your gums and jawbone a chance to relax. However, if you’re unable to take them out at night, be sure to find time to take them out and clean them. If you choose to remove them, be sure to clean them and store them in water overnight.
How will dentures affect my eating?
It may take some time for you to get used to the dentures, particularly while you’re eating. This is especially true with harder or stickier foods. That said, after some time, you will be able to eat fairly normally. To aid in this process, use a small amount of denture adhesive to stabilize the device as you get used to them.
Is getting dentures painful?
You might experience some minor discomfort when you’re initially fitted for your dentures. That said, you should ultimately get used to them, and the pain will alleviate. As you’re getting used to your dentures, be sure to visit your dentist regularly (as recommended) to have your dentures adjusted. You should also contact your dentist if your pain persists.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of your dentures can vary anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. This depends upon what kind of denture you get (partial vs. full set), materials, and time required to make the device. The price typically depends on the patient and their individual needs, so be sure to discuss the cost with your dentist during your initial appointment.
How long do dentures last?
With normal wear and tear, you can expect the need to replace your dentures every 5-8 years. That said, if you feel that your dentures are slipping or uncomfortable for an extended period, you may need to have them relined in the process. Your mouth naturally changes with age, which can mean you’ll need to have new dentures made to ensure they fit correctly.
What the process of getting new dentures like?
The process of getting standard dentures can require around 4-5 appointments. During this process, you can expect to have impressions taken of your mouth to create your new teeth. You will try them on before they are complete to ensure they fit before they are crafted. Then, you will wear your dentures home—returning to the office for any repositioning or refitting as needed.
Do you have any further questions about your dentures? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! At TruBlu Dentistry, we’re happy to help so we can ensure that you’re thrilled with your new dentures.