Our previous blog has focused on elaborating on the basics of dentures. However, there may still be some questions that you may have about dentures. Yes, we understand that and here we are with one more blog.
In this blog, you will get expert answers on most common questions about dentures from the best dentist in Muskogee.
Why should one wear dentures?
Full and partial dentures are artificial teeth and are a way to deal with missing tooth, gum problems or broken tooth.
Full dentures provide complete coverage and will help you to eat comfortably, speak clearly, and present yourself confidently. On the other hand, partial dentures replace missing, crooked or tilted teeth.
How quickly can I have a denture after my teeth are plucked out?
Typically, dentures can be fitted right after your teeth have been removed. These are immediate dentures. You will need to consult your dentist about the same before getting measurements and examinations of your teeth.
However, bones and gums may shrink after your teeth are plucked out. If your gums shrink, your dentures may need adjusting or even replacing. Hence, sometimes, your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed to have a denture.
Will dentures affect one’s looks?
Replacing lost or missing teeth is helpful for your overall smile. A full or partial denture replaces your natural teeth and supports your cheeks and lips. This may also make you look younger and enhance your confidence.
Dentures are custom made according to the color and size of your natural teeth, so you need not worry about your look. It will only get better.
Will I be able to eat and speak appropriately with dentures?
Eating and speaking with dentures will take a little practice. You can start with soft foods, chew slowly and reposition the dentures while speaking or coughing. However, as you become used to your denture, you will not face any problems.
How long should I wear my dentures?
Your dentist will recommend that you wear them for the maximum time. Once you get used to your dentures, then you can take them out before going to bed. When you remove your dentures, store them in a small bowl of water.
Do I need to use a denture fixative?
Dentures will fit your mouth perfectly, and you need not use a denture fixative. However, some people consider it as an extra safety measure. If you are facing problems with the fitting of your denture, then it is wise to replace them or consult your dentist.
Do I need to do anything different to maintain my oral hygiene?
Yes. Brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush. This removes plaque and enhances blood circulation in your mouth. If you are using partial dentures, it is even more important to brush your teeth carefully every day.
How to take care of dentures?
Dentures can get chipped and also break if you drop them. So, always clean your dentures in a bowl of water or towel. Clean them with a soft brush and mild denture cleaner. Using harsh toothpaste may result in denture damage. Make sure you clean the surfaces and gaps thoroughly in order to prevent tartar and plaque build- up.
How long will dentures last?
They may last for many years. However, you may have to get them relined or re-made in case of bad fitting or discomfort. Also, if the material gets damaged, then your dentist might recommend you replace your denture and get a new one right away.
How often should one consult their dentist for dentures?
Regular dental check-ups are very important for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. And if you are using a denture, you should see your dentist more frequently to get assured about its fitting, and condition. Do not overlook the soreness and discomfort in your mouth as they can be indicative of some severe conditions.
Are full dentures the only option for a broken tooth?
No. There are other options like dental bridges or partial dentures and dental implants which might help you in dealing with broken teeth. However, if all your teeth are affected, then you need full dentures to deal with the problem.
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