Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

woman looking at her dentured teeth in the mirrorImagine that your dentist just told you that you require dentures, and you feel confused about what happens next. Some of the primary concerns for most patients are the affordability and maintenance of dentures. Fortunately, dentists at Mahoney Family Dentistry can customize the dentures to fit your mouth so that they visually match your other teeth.

How long should you wear dentures?

Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how long you need to wear the dentures. It might be uncomfortable at first, but it is a quick way of identifying the parts that might require adjustment. Later on, your dentist will tell you to remove your dentures before going to bed and put them on in the morning.

Will dentures affect my speech?

It can be challenging to speak with missing teeth. However, a partial denture will improve your ability to talk. If you experience difficulty pronouncing certain words with your dentures on, you can try reading them aloud so that you can get accustomed to the dentures.

How long do dentures last?

You may need to replace your dentures after five to eight years due to normal wear. However, dentures made from plastic require frequent replacement, unlike those made with acrylic resin. Also, dentists remake dentures for patients as they age to fit the changes in the size of their mouths.

How do I care for my dentures?

Denture care is crucial because unlike teeth, you cannot whiten dentures. Therefore, you need to clean your dentures daily using a soft brush. Additionally, avoid using regular toothpaste to brush your dentures. You need toothpaste designed for dentures. Also, the best solution for a cracked denture is taking it back to a prosthodontist for repairs.

Dentures are the solution to missing teeth and regaining your beautiful smile. Hopefully, you have found the answers to most of your questions. Your dentist will advise you on the right dentures for your teeth.