Dentures do take some getting use to. They can be cumbersome initially. You may have to get reacclimated to eating and speaking again, especially if you have been compensating in one area of your mouth due to discomfort or missing teeth. Other challenges include distinguishing between hot and cold food and drinks. You might even bite on bone without being aware.
Early on, your dentist will probably schedule frequent visits to check your dentures, making sure the fit is appropriate and to discuss any challenges you are having. The dentures may need to be replaced, repaired, or adjusted. If you find them moving too much in your mouth, you should consider an adhesive. In any case, your dentist is an ally ready and willing to help however possible.
Since this is an apparatus that comes in an out of your mouth daily, proper cleaning, use, and storage is essential. Try to avoid foods that cause stains, swollen gums, or bad breath. Use specific denture-care products for cleaning and clean your dentures daily. Do not sleep in your dentures. Take them out at night and keep them in a denture-cleaning liquid or water.
The type of dentures that are best for you will depend on your needs, your oral health, and your lifestyle. Common options include:
Complete (Full) Dentures
Complete dentures are usually considered the option of last resort. Your dentist will likely recommend other restoration and treatment options before going this route. Complete dentures can lead to speech impediments, including lisps, because they are so hard to get used to. There is a think material that covers the palate and effectively changes the contours of the inside of your month. If your bones shrink over time, your dentures will not shrink with them. They stay the same size which may change how they fit. Only dental implants preserve the bone.
However, some patients’ oral health has deteriorated to the point, where full dentures are in fact the best and only choice. In the end, they will restore the look and shape of your natural teeth, and help you get back to eating and chewing normally.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures (RPD’s) are artificial teeth rooted to a plastic base custom build to match the color of your gums. They are often recommended for people with only a few teeth missing, but who may not be candidates for a dental bridge.
Like complete dentures, RPD’s restore your mouth and teeth’s function and feel and look like your natural teeth. They too must be cleaned regularly and taken special care of. While they are built on a cast metal framework, they can still be fragile and easily damaged.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Fixed partial dentures (FPD’s) also go by the name “implant-supported bridges.” Existing teeth on either side of a gap are used as anchors or abutments. For patients who don’t want the hassle or responsibility of removable dentures, they are a good option. FPD’s are recommended for patients missing teeth consecutively in a row.
Since FPD’s require two implants and are not removable, to qualify you will need healthy teeth on both side of the device. They are stronger than removable dentures but carry some risk as abutting teeth are more at risk for decay.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures, or overdentures, are not permanently attached to any implant. They snap into your mouth, latching on to abutments. For patients who suffer from bone loss and need more stability, this can be a good option. This type of dentures can support an entire set of teeth and are more durable than other types of dentures. Patients are able to improve chewing and other mouth functions. They require daily maintenance and cleaning, however, and should be removed at night.
For patients who have teeth extracted and need dentures the same day, immediate dentures are a good option. These are temporary though. Immediate dentures are not custom fit and intended to be a short-term fix. Six to eight weeks after one’s teeth are extracted, the patient’s jaw has usually had time to heal enough for a more permanent solution to be installed.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures Anderson, Indiana [IN]: We Offer Dentures & Partials
Can I get dentures?
If you have suffered with significant teeth loss, you may be a candidate for dentures. Your overall oral health will be the deciding factor, not your age. Many people with dentures are over age 65, however, younger people may need them too, especially women over 40.
Patients must have healthy jawbones and gum tissue for dentures to work correctly. If you bone or tissue is not healthy enough to support dentures, those issues will need to resolved first.
How do I clean my dentures?
Cleaning your dentures is not altogether different from brushing your teeth. You just have to take them out first! Gently brush them with a soft brush, holding them over a sink with a washcloth. Do not touch them the surface any more than necessary and be careful, as dropping them can cause significant damage, including chips and breaks. After brushing, put them into a denture-cleaning liquid overnight. Before reinserting them, brush them again.
How much do dentures cost?
Dental insurance typically only covers about half of the total cost of dentures. Final cost will depend on the type of denture created for you and what benefits your insurance in fact offers. Our office will work with your insurance company to verify coverage and maximize benefits.