Dental Health and Dentures

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth and are typically removable. Partial dentures are used when the wearer has some natural teeth remaining, while complete dentures take the place of all teeth in the upper or lower jaws or both.

Complete dentures come in two forms: conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed after healing is well underway, after complete tooth removal. Immediate dentures are made before the user’s teeth are extracted and can be worn immediately.

Partial dentures are attached to a base and affixed to remaining natural teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

Are There Alternatives to Dentures?

Dental implants can completely replace dentures or aid in the placement of partial dentures.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?

Most insurers do include dentures in dental plans. Contact your plan holder to find out if dentures are covered, and to what amount.

How Are Dentures Made?

Dentures are customized to each wearer’s jaw and gum structure. Your dentist or prosthodontist will take impressions of your jaw, then create forms or models for you to test-wear. Models are adjusted until a final denture is ready.

What Do New Dentures Feel Like?

New dentures may feel strange as you get used to them. It’s common to produce more saliva when you first wear dentures.

Will Dentures Change How I Speak?

It’s not unusual to have difficulty pronouncing particular words. Everyone has different “problem words,” but it’s crucial to practice saying those aloud.

Will Dentures Make Me Look Different?

Your dentist fashions your dentures to resemble your natural teeth. Dentures will improve your smile!

Are Dentures Worn 24 Hours a Day?

It’s common to wear them even while sleeping for the first several days after receiving them. After final adjustments are made, wear them in waking hours.

Should I Use a Denture Adhesive?

If a little extra confidence in the denture’s placement is needed, use adhesive. People with dry mouth syndrome or people who’ve had strokes will find denture adhesives useful.

How Are Denture Adhesives Applied?

Place a little adhesive inside the surface touching your gums and tissues. Make sure your dentures are clean. Reapply as needed.

What Are the Types of Denture Adhesives?

  • Powders. These fit a bit more tightly.
  • Pastes. These can be applied to wet or dry dentures (wet is better)

Are Denture Adhesives Safe?

They’re safe when used as directed, with good-fitting dentures.

When Shouldn’t Denture Adhesives Be Considered?

Adhesives aren’t a fix for poor denture fits. They’re not a substitute for return visits to the dentist.

Will Eating with New Dentures Be Difficult?

It takes a few weeks to get comfortable eating with them.

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