Frequently Asked Questions
I need dentures. Where do I start?
The best starting point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see a Denturist. A Denturist is a specialist who does training/school to focus on the replacement of teeth including dentures for even the most complex cases. A Denturist also will be able to help determine if another treatment option might be more suitable to your situation.
What types of dentures are there?
Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all teeth are known as partial dentures. They attached to the teeth that are still present and cover and rest on the gums and bone where teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures as well.
What is the average cost of dentures?
Denture fees vary widely based on many factors including the complexity of your treatment, the time required to accomplish the treatment, and the location of the dental practice. Denture fees can vary depending on your needs and the prevailing fees in your community. Payment terms may also vary according to the business requirements of the specific practice. The best way to determine the fees for the services you require is to visit your denturist and discuss the care you need.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
You should remove your dentures at night, and this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. You can wear them at night, but it is preferred that they be removed. If you need to wear your dentures for social reasons or to prevent your jaw from over-closing, you should find time during the day to properly clean your mouth and your dentures.
Is it possible to have dentures put in on the same day as teeth removal?
Yes, it is possible to have your teeth removed and dentures put in on the same day. The dentures are called immediate dentures and you should talk to your Denturist to see if the treatment is best for you.
As a new denture wearer, the bottom denture is loose. What should I do?
In most cases, the lower denture is much less stable than the upper denture. This is due to the shape of your gyms on the lower ridge and movement of the dentures caused by the tongue. Ask your Denturist about supporting your lower denture with dental implants. Implants can be used to stabilize and retain the lower denture allowing you to chew more efficiently and feel the confidence of knowing your denture will stay in place.
After a very long time of denture wearing, I'm losing gum and bone. Can this be fixed?
Research shows once the teeth are removed, the jawbone shrinks and changes shape. Typically, dentures should be checked every year, and often they should be remade when they lose their fit and are loose in your mouth after 5-10 years of use. By using dental adhesive, you may have masked the loose fit of your dentures. Even though you have adapted to these dentures, you're not receiving the function and appearance you deserve.
After applying adhesive, it's very difficult to remove my dentures. How do I remove them without pain?
If you are using your denture adhesive correctly, there should not be a lot of adhesive left on your gums and palate when you remove your denture. Patients use a variety of methods to remove adhesive: a piece of gauze, a tissue, a damp washcloth, or a wet toothbrush. Use no more than the 4 pea sized dots of adhesive on each denture.