All You Need to Know About Having Full Dentures

Owning full dentures means having a removable replacement for missing teeth and their tissues. It’s usually made of porcelain, acrylic plastic, or some other metallic material.

Dentures resemble your natural teeth and gums. Typically, a full denture will replace all teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Your dentist will place it in your mouth after removing teeth and allowing 10-12 weeks for gum healing.

The Denture Process – Quick Overview

The denture process takes about a month. Typically, your dentist will set five appointments for you to complete the process.

At first, your dentist will conduct the initial analysis. He will then use a wax-bite to know dimensions of your mouth and measure the jaw position.

On the next visit, a ‘try-in’ denture will be placed in your mouth to test whether denture it proper fit. Your dentist will make minor adjustments to ensure that denture fits properly. A loose denture can lead to complications such as erosion and bleeding.

During the last appointment, your dentist will place the perfect full denture in your mouth.

What’s Different After you have a Denture?

Once your dentist has finally placed a denture in your mouth, you may feel strange at the beginning. It takes time to get accustomed to a full denture.

At first, the ‘new teeth’ will feel awkward in the mouth and you may feel the urge to take it out. However, most patients start feeling normal within a few hours of the final visit. They start speaking normally and they don’t have an issue while taking a bite.

7 Day Dental’s dentists recommends that you eat soft and easily-chewed foods for a few weeks after having a full denture. It will help you get accustomed to chewing.

It’s normal to have increased salivary flow in your mouth after your dentist has placed a full denture.

Don’t Forget Regular Dental Checkups

After having dentures, it’s important to visit your dentist for regular dental checkups. During these visits, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of disease and monitor the position of your denture.

Your dentist may have to make minor adjustments to compensate for the shifting bone. If you have any issues with your denture, be sure to discuss it with your dentist. Your dentist will find the best solution for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

I Need Dentures. Where do I Start?

You should visit your dentist to see if dentures are an option for you. If a full denture isn’t the right option for you, your dentist will recommend more suited options particular to your case.

What are the Different Types of Complete or full Dentures?

Implant anchored dentures are either permanent or removable. Your dentist will fix permanent denture using various screw retentions. These retentions are placed in your jaw and a denture will be attached to them.

A removable denture comes with an additional attachment on the screws that allow you to remove the denture by snapping it out. Similarly, you can snap it in to put it back in your mouth.

What is the Cost of Dentures?

The cost of dentures varies based on different factors such as:

  • Complexity of your treatment
  • Time required to complete the process

The best way to know the cost of your dentures is to discuss your particular case with one of our dentists.

Can I Sleep in my Dentures?

Although you can sleep in your dentures, you should remove them at night to give your gums and mouth a chance to relax.

Will I be able to Eat Normally with Dentures?

Many patients learn to eat normally with dentures within a few days after having them. It’s important to avoid chewing on hard foods and sticky foods.

How Long will my Dentures Last?

Your dentures will last from 8-10 years. However, you may have to replace them earlier if you don’t follow denture care tips. With proper care, they last even longer.

What do I need to do to Care for my Dentures?

Always clean your dentures properly to minimize staining. Brush your dentures daily so that food and plaque don’t reside on them. Make sure you use a soft toothbrush to clean dentures. You can also buy a cleaning kit for dentures that include special brushes.

Never brush your dentures with regular toothpaste. They often contain chemicals that can harm your dentures.

If your dentures are broken or fractures, visit your dental office at the earliest. Your dentist might be able to repair them. In case they are beyond repair, you may have to order new dentures.

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