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FAQ About Dentures
June 02, 2015  |  Gilbertarizonadental

FAQ About Dentures

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth.

What types of dentures are there?

If all of your teeth are missing, there are two types of dentures you can use: conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures can’t be worn until the jaw bone and gums heal after tooth extraction. Immediate dentures can be worn right after tooth extraction, though they may need some adjustment later on.

Can I receive dentures if I still have some teeth?

If you have remaining, healthy teeth in your mouth, it is important to keep them because they support the jaw bone. Overdentures and removable partial dentures can be used in this case. Overdentures cover remaining teeth while partial ones attach to them.

How will dentures affect chewing and speech?

Dentures actually improve chewing and speech because missing teeth can negatively affect both. After first getting dentures, it may take some time to get used to chewing and speaking, but afterwards, you should be able to do so with ease.

Do dentures create sores?

Dentures may make your mouth sore when your first get them, but you should have no problems after a few weeks. It you do, the dentures may not have a correct fit and you need to see your dentist for adjustment.

Will dentures fall out easily?

Dentures that fit well should stay in your mouth with ease. However, if you want more stability and retention, there are several denture adhesive products available for your use.

How do I clean dentures?

Though dentures can’t decay like natural teeth do, they can still dirty and stain. Always using cold water, rinse dentures after meals, clean them once a day with a soft-bristle brush and denture cleanser, and soak them overnight.

How do I clean my mouth?

Before putting in dentures and after removing them, gently brush your gums and mouth. This cleans off plaque, stimulates blood flow, gets rid of bad breath, and reduces the risk of oral irritation. If you do have some remaining teeth, be sure to continue brushing and flossing them.