If you've lost all of your natural teeth, complete dentures can replace your teeth and bring back your bright smile. A new set of dentures has many benefits -- they will make you look younger, eat better, and speak better. Many patients are amazed after they get their set of dentures and see the benefits for the first time.
What will dentures feel like?
If you've never had dentures before, they may feel a little awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They may feel a little loose, until the muscles of your cheek have time to learn to keep them in place. You will also have a little bit of discomfort or soreness until your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures. When you come in to have your dentures adjusted, our dentists can fix any problem areas that persist.
What will I look like?
Dentures will closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a bright smile. They will often fill out the appearance of your face and your profile. On some of our denture models, you can choose the shade of the teeth.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
Yes. At first it will take a little bit of practice. We would recommend starting with softer foods and then (as you become accustomed to chewing with the denture) moving to other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Will dentures change how I speak?
At first, pronouncing certain words may require practice. If you find that your dentures "click" while you're talking, try to eat slowly. If your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing.
How long should I wear my dentures?
Your dentist at the Dental Center of Florence will provide instructions about how long dentures should be worn. Generally, it is best to take the dentures out before going to bed.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for a normal fitting denture. However, it is not the best solution for old, and ill fitting dentures. If you find that you are using more than a small amount of adhesive, you should probably see our dentist and let it be adjusted.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away from children and pets. Just like natural teeth - dentures must be brushed daily to remove the deposits and plaque. This will prevent the denture from becoming permanently stained and it also helps your mouth stay healthy. You can buy a denture brush or a regular toothbrush to clean your denture -- avoid hard bristled brushes though. You may use a recommended denture cleanser or a mild dishwashing liquid. On denture cleansers -- look for the ADA seal of acceptance. It is best not to let the denture dry out completely. When not worn, it is best to keep them in a denture cleanser or in water.
Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my dentures?
No. You can damage your dentures and harm your health by trying to adjust to repair your dentures. A denture that is not made to fit properly by a dentist can cause irritation and sores. If you need to have an adjustment, simply call The Dental Center of Florence for an appointment.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Eventually over time, dentures will need to be relined or remade due to normal wear. To reline a denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth or makes a new denture base. A denture that needs to be replaced becomes loose and the teeth show signs of significant where. Dentures also become loose when your mouth naturally changes with age. The bone in gum ridges can shrink, causing jaws to align differently. If your denture is loose, you can develop sores, have difficulty speaking, and difficulty chewing.
Should I do anything to care for my mouth?
Even with full dentures, you still need to take care of your mouth. Every morning, you should brush your gums and palate with a soft brush -- then put your dentures in. This routine will help remove plaque and stimulate healthy circulation in your mouth.
How often should I schedule dental appointments?
At The Dental Center of Florence, are dentists will advise you when you should return for a checkup. Even with dentures, it is important to have regular dental visits to assure proper fit.