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Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures
Do You Hate the Way Your Old Teeth Look?
Are they rotting, falling out or causing you a lot of pain? If they are then you might want to consider dentures for your own vanity as well as convenience and functionality.
We have all seen someone with no teeth and the way that it makes the entire face seem to collapse. Compare that to the Hollywood smile that we can see in magazines, posters and films and you will soon see one of the major benefits of having dentures.
Before you make that choice though, and it is a big decision to get dentures, you need to know everything you can about life with dentures and this special report can help you by answering the five most important questions you may have on the topic.
Why Choose Dentures?
Dentures are considered to be better than having no teeth at all by the vast majority of people because they actively prevent the face from collapsing. Without teeth, there is nothing to hold your jaw area in place because it is all skin and tissue around the lips.
Aside from the obvious cosmetic benefits though, you have the fact that dentures help to preserve the jaw bone by mimicking the role of teeth. You can chew with dentures just as well as teeth so it makes eating easier. Finally, you will be able to speak without any inflections or slurring. You would be surprised at just how much we take our teeth for granted when it comes down to it.
And now onto the questions that are undoubtedly amongst the most popular on the subject.
#1 – Am I a Suitable Candidate for an Overdenture?
An overdenture is actually a removable denture that fits in with the remaining natural teeth that you have. It is designed to take advantage of those teeth for the purposes of remaining stable and this can actually offer a much better level of support than having all of your teeth out in one go.
As to whether you are a suitable candidate or not, only your dentist can tell you that. It may be that you need to have work done on your remaining teeth to make sure that an overdenture will fit properly. Your dentist may assess your teeth and tell you that they will have to be removed for any form of dentures to work.
Always trust your dentist’s judgment and recommendations.
#2 – How Often Should I Wear Dentures?
You can wear your dentures as little or as often as you like but the more often you wear them the better. If you only wear them once in a while then you will find that you cannot get used to them and it becomes more difficult to eat and speak with them in. This is why you should wear your new dentures for several hours a day for the first few weeks that you have them.
If you feel discomfort when you first have dentures then do not be tempted to take them out unless you actively cannot function with them in. Think of them as new shoes. You have to wear them in if you want to be able to wear them and feel the benefits at a later date.
#3 – Immediate Dentures or Conventional Dentures?
This question is one that is asked on a regular basis because many people just do not understand the difference between them. Conventional dentures are those that you need to have impressions taken for in order for them to be made in a lab. They may be fitted over a few sessions at the dentist to make sure that the fit is comfortable. Alterations may take longer to do but they will be worth it. Immediate dentures are nowhere near as durable as conventional dentures and are only designed to last on a temporary basis.
The main difference between the two types of dentures will answer this question – immediate dentures are designed for use immediately after you have your teeth extracted to allow your gums to heal whereas conventional dentures cannot be fitted until after they have healed. As such, you will most likely want both.
#4 – Will they Look Like my Real Teeth?
Yes, they will look like your real teeth. For some reason, there are still myths circulating about dentures not looking like real teeth, much like the wooden ones that were amongst the very first dentures. Dentures can actually be made to look like your real teeth, gaps and all! Nobody need ever know that you wear dentures if you do not want them to. This is why they are the perfect cosmetic solution for problematic teeth.
#5 – Do I have to Wear Dentures?
Nobody has to have anything done at the dentist that they do not want to have done. Nobody is forcing you to have dentures when your teeth have come to the end of their natural lives. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. As well as looking “normal” and help you to eat and speak properly, it can help to maintain the health of your jaw, which is largely forgotten. Wearing dentures is therefore much more preferable.
In conclusion, dentures should not have the stigma that is largely attached to them these days. If you hate the way that your teeth look and they are causing you a lot of problems then you can remove all of those issues in one fell swoop. Think of how much younger a new set of teeth will make you look. Think of how much healthier your jaw will be. Whether you are concerned about your vanity or are just sick and tired of experiencing pain and discomfort from your natural teeth, dentures can offer you a prime solution.
Do You have Missing Teeth but no Dentures Right Now?
If you do not have dentures at the moment but have missing teeth or problematic oral health then you may be considering investing in dentures.
Missing teeth or those in poor condition can be incredibly unsightly. Unfortunately, when teeth begin to deteriorate and the dentist has done all he or she can then there is only one way that your natural teeth will go and that is downhill fast. They can cause immense pain and suffering prior to their removal. Then of course there is the cosmetic issue of unsightly gaps and exposed gums to deal with as well.
If you have never had dentures before then you will undoubtedly have numerous questions that you need answers to. The most common are all outlined below for you right now so you have no need to worry at all.
Are Dentures Covered by Insurance?
The vast majority of standard dental insurance plans cover dentures but limit the replacement cover. That largely depends on your coverage.
Insurance plans can be complicated so if you have any questions at all regarding whether you are covered for dentures then you should call your insurer direct and ask any questions that you may have or…your dentist may offer a complimentary benefits check to see if they are and if so, how much. They will work with you!
What is the Cost of Dentures?
The cost of dentures depends on the material that the dentures are made of, the number of fittings required and the level of lab expertise required. Overall, the smile you want may be as little as $200 a month with 0% interest payment plans for Dentures. So whether the total is $300 or $2900, your dentist can work with you on flexible payment plans.
Do Dentures Hurt?
No is the short and simple answer to this question. Your dentures should not hurt you because if they do then there is something wrong with the fit. They should feel comfortable at all times and easy to ignore when you are out and about on a daily basis.
If your dentures do hurt then you should head straight to the dentist’s office to ensure that they fit properly and to make sure that there are no underlying issues because the likelihood is that there will be something wrong. Dentures should never hurt. At the most, they should feel a little uncomfortable if you have had them in for an extended period of time.
You should give your dentures a fair chance at first though because the likelihood is that they will feel sore and you mouth will be a little irritated when you first have them fitted. This is completely normal and to be expected so give your dentures a few weeks to settle before giving up on them completely.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Dentures can last for more than 30 years if you take the time and make the effort to look after them properly. Of course, they may need to be rebased, relined or refitted from time to time if your mouth undergoes any changes or if they start to show signs of wear and tear. As they are used on a daily basis this is common but there is no reason why they cannot last for a few decades if fitted properly and treated properly.
If you want a sure fire way of identifying whether your dentures are succumbing to wear and tear then check out the bottom set of dentures. They show wear before the top set so you will know when enquire about a new set or any repairs that are necessary.
The 3 Most Typical Problems and the Solutions
There are many problems that you could have with your dentures but there are three very common problems below for you so that you can see exactly what to expect:
- “The lower dentures are looser than the top ones” – This is actually inevitable because the top dentures are naturally subject to a greater level of suction thanks to the nature of the gums. The upper gums offer much more support than the lower gums so do not worry as it is perfectly normal. However, you may want to use a little denture adhesive on the bottom set just to keep them in place.
- “I struggle to speak with dentures in” – If your dentures are new then this is inevitable because you will need to learn to talk with them in. Perseverance is the key here because you will soon get used to them. Practice your speech and identify words that you have trouble with. From there you will find it easier to get used to them.
- “My dentures do not fit, (especially when eating food) and rub my gums” – If you have only just had your dentures fitted then this is inevitable so you should give it a few weeks to settle down. If you develop sores in the meantime then speak to your dentist. If you have had your dentures for quite some time then they may feel loose or tight as your gums experience changes. Always see a dentist for adjustments and repairs if they are beginning to feel a little off. If they are loose then just use a little adhesive to keep them in place until you can have the problem solved professionally.
How do Dentures Feel?
This is one of the most common questions asked about dentures by those people that do not have them yet but it is just like asking how having a tattoo feels or how having the flu feels.
However, you are guaranteed one thing – that they will feel awkward for the first few days or weeks that you have them in. If you think about it, it is effectively having a new body part fitted and it will take some getting used to. After all, whether or not you currently have gaps or not, you will getting used to brand new teeth fixed to a plate that lines your mouth.
According to the American Dental Association, “…dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.” In addition, you may find that your new dentures rub your gums and mouth so you may feel a little soreness an irritation for a time. Finally, you will probably experienced an increased level of saliva because of the foreign body in your mouth.
No matter how your dentures feel, you should have at least one appointment with your dentist after your dentures are fitted to make sure that everything is normal and no element of them needs to be corrected. You should not be afraid to contact your dentist if you feel the nee either because that is exactly what he or she is there for.
A Comparison of Dentures and Alternative Solutions
The previous section features a table to compare dentures with implants and bridges so that individuals are aware of the options that they have if they do want to give something else a chance instead of dentures. The same table can be found below to ensure that you are aware of all of your options in depth:
TIME TAKEN TO PUT THEM IN
HOW THEY FEEL
Dentures can cost anywhere from $300 to $5000 for a new set.
Including consultations, it takes approx. 2-3 weeks for dentures to be fitted.
If well maintained, dentures may last up to 30 years.
Dentures may feel strange at first but ultimately feel like regular teeth.
Implants cost between $800 and $2500 per implant, meaning a full set costs around $30,000.
It can take up to six months to have them fitted as the implant has to fuse to the jaw bone.
Implants last between 20-40 depending on the location in the mouth and how well you take care of them.
They feel and look completely natural providing that you have goo bone structure.
Bridges generally cost in the region of $1000 to $3000 per tooth.
Including consultations, it takes approx. 2-3 weeks for bridges to be fitted.
Bridges generally last between 10 and 20 years.
Bridges may feel strange but soon blend into your jaw line. If not fitted properly, they can cause several chafing and discomfort.
How can You Determine if Dentures are Right for You?
The only way to determine whether or not dentures are right for you is to take a look at all of your options, consider the pros and cons of each and choose accordingly. You may also want to ask the advice of a dentist you trust just to be on the safe side.
If you want a full, beautiful smile once again and you want it to stand the test of time then dentures are completely right for you. They will enable you to eat, speak and look as you would with your own teeth. Dentures work for the vast majority of people because they are so natural and because they perform the task so well so maybe you should consider why they would not be for you rather than why they would because there will be far more advantages than disadvantages.
What Happens if You Fail to Take Action?
Failing to take action now and leaving getting dentures for another time can have serious consequences. In fact, it could mean that you suffer far more than you may believe. Existing teeth are more prone to decay and disease because they are left exposed by the gaps left by missing teeth. Gums are also left open to gum disease, swelling and sores. All of this can add up to serious pain and numerous unnecessary trips to the dentist.
In addition to the above issues, failing to have dentures fitted can also damage the jaw because far more strain will be place on the gums and the bone below the surface if you do not have teeth in place. If you leave it too long to have dentures fitted and this happens then you may actually never be able to have them. Of course, this is a worst case scenario but if you have gaps and/or are losing your teeth then you will find that you are much better off considering dentures as a solution now rather than later. The quicker you restore your teeth, the less damage you will do.