Q: What are dentures?
A: Dentures are a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. They consist of artificial teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that sits on your gums. Dentures can be either full (replacing all of your natural teeth) or partial (replacing only a few missing teeth).
Q: How do dentures stay in place?
A: Dentures stay in place through a combination of natural suction, the muscles of your cheeks and tongue, and denture adhesives if needed. Initially, it may take some time for your mouth to adjust to the dentures, and you may need to practice speaking and eating with them. In some cases, dental implants can be used to provide additional stability and support for dentures.
Q: How long does it take to get dentures?
A: The process of getting dentures usually involves multiple appointments over several weeks. It starts with an initial consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you. Impressions of your mouth are taken to create custom-made dentures that fit your unique oral anatomy. Once the dentures are fabricated, you will have a fitting appointment to ensure proper fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Q: Will wearing dentures affect my ability to eat and speak?
A: Initially, you may experience some difficulty with eating and speaking while you adjust to wearing dentures. It is normal to have a temporary change in speech and some sensitivity to certain foods. However, with practice and time, most people adapt to their dentures and regain normal function. You may find it helpful to start with softer foods and gradually introduce harder or stickier foods as you become more comfortable.
Q: How do I care for my dentures?
A: Proper care and maintenance of dentures are important for their longevity and your oral health. Remove your dentures and rinse them after eating to remove any food particles. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to remove plaque and stains. It is also important to clean your gums, tongue, and remaining natural teeth thoroughly. Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals that can damage the dentures. If you have any concerns or questions about denture care, consult with Dr. Brandon.
Q: How long do dentures last?
A: The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on various factors, including the quality of the dentures, your oral hygiene practices, and any changes in your oral health. Over time, the shape of your mouth and gums may change, requiring adjustments or new dentures to maintain proper fit and function. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dentures can typically last several years before a replacement may be needed.
Q: Can I sleep with my dentures in?
A: It is generally recommended to remove your dentures at night and give your gums and mouth a chance to rest. Sleeping without dentures allows the tissues in your mouth to get proper circulation and reduces the risk of irritation or infection. However, if you prefer to sleep with your dentures, discuss it with Dr. Brandon, as there may be specific recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
Q: Can dentures be repaired if they break?
A: Yes, dentures can be repaired if they break or become damaged. It is important to avoid trying to fix them yourself, as this can lead to further damage. Instead, contact Dr. Brandon as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for denture repair. In some cases, a temporary repair may be done until a more permanent solution can be implemented.
Q: Are there any alternatives to dentures?
A: Yes, there are alternatives to dentures, such as dental implants or dental bridges. Dental implants provide a more permanent solution for tooth replacement by surgically placing artificial tooth roots into the jawbone. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are fixed appliances that replace missing teeth by anchoring onto adjacent natural teeth. The most suitable option for you will depend on your specific dental needs and overall oral health. Dr. Brandon can help determine the best treatment option for you.