What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental prostheses designed to replace missing teeth. They can be complete (full dentures) when all teeth are missing or partial when some natural teeth remain.

How do dentures stay in place?

Dentures typically rely on suction and the natural contours of the mouth to stay in place. Some may use denture adhesive for added security. Implant-supported dentures are also an option for enhanced stability.

Will wearing dentures affect my speech?

Initially, wearing dentures may affect your speech as your mouth adjusts. However, with practice, most people adapt and regain clear speech.

Are dentures comfortable?

Denture comfort varies from person to person. It may take time to get used to them, but with proper fit and adjustments, they should become comfortable.

How do I clean and maintain my dentures?

Dentures should be removed and brushed daily. Soak them in a denture cleanser overnight. Rinse after eating and handle them with care to avoid damage.

How often do I need to replace my dentures?

Dentures typically last 5-7 years, but this can vary. Factors like wear and changes in your mouth can influence when replacement is needed.

Can I eat normally with dentures?

Eating with dentures may require an adjustment period, and you should start with soft foods. Over time, you should be able to enjoy a wide range of foods, though some harder or sticky items may be challenging.

Do I need to see a denturist for adjustments?

Yes, regular check-ups with a denturist are essential. They can make adjustments, relines, or repairs to ensure your dentures fit properly and comfortably.

What are implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are secured by dental implants placed in your jawbone. They offer enhanced stability and a more natural feel compared to traditional dentures.

Can I sleep with my dentures in?

It's generally recommended to remove your dentures at night to give your oral tissues a chance to rest. Sleeping with dentures in can increase the risk of infections and other issues.

Can I adjust the fit of my dentures at home?

It's not advisable to adjust dentures yourself at home. Attempting to make adjustments without professional guidance can lead to damage or an improper fit.

Are dentures covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans do cover some or all of the costs associated with dentures. Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

Can I still get dentures if I have some natural teeth remaining?

Yes, you can get partial dentures if you have some natural teeth. These dentures are designed to fit around your existing teeth.

It's essential to consult with a denturist or dentist to address your specific concerns and questions about dentures. They can provide personalized guidance and recommendations based on your oral health needs.

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