Dentures are a less costly and non-permanent alternative to dental implants. A denture is a detachable substitute for missing teeth, conformed to the patient’s jaw. Partial dentures can substitute a single or multiple missing teeth, whereas complete dentures replace all of one’s teeth.
Can I eat regular foods while wearing a denture?
Yes! It may take some time getting used to at first, but after a few days you should begin feeling accustomed to eating as if they were your own teeth. When you first start wearing your new denture, you may have some difficulty speaking normally and your mouth may produce extra saliva until you have grown accustomed to your new teeth.
How do I clean a denture?
When it is not being worn, a denture can be fragile and bent out of shape if not careful. Dentures should be cleaned daily, preferably with a denture-specific brush and toothpaste or denture cleanser. Be sure to remove your denture when brushing your teeth, and then clean the denture separately. The surface of the denture can get scratched if using abrasive brushes. Never try to sterilize your denture using boiling water as it will lose its shape. It is best to keep the denture in water or cleanser solution when it is not being used.
Should I wear my denture to sleep?
We advise wearing your denture constantly for the first 2 weeks to shorten the time it takes for your mouth to get used to the foreign object. After that, it is best to remove it while you sleep to allow the gums to rest. Studies show that natural stimulation from your tongue and saliva is healthy for your gums.
What’s better: Dentures or Implants?
While implants are newer to the dental world, they are not always suitable for every patient. Dental implants have a closer resemblance to the feeling of real teeth, but tend to be more costly whereas denture technology has a come a long way to match the resemblance. Come in for an appointment so we can suggest what may be best for your situation.