Read the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients.
1. What do Dentures feel like?
New Dentures may feel a little awkward for the first couple of weeks until you have become accustomed to them. The Dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn how to keep them in place. Initial soreness and irritation should disappear shortly after they are fitted.
2. Will Dentures look like my natural teeth?
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that the result is natural and discrete. Dentures may improve the appearance of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.
3. Will I be able to eat with Dentures?
Eating with Dentures will take a little bit of getting used to. Start out with soft foods cut into small pieces. Remember to chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time. Over time you will be able to add more and more foods back into your diet. Be careful of hot and hard foods or sharp-edged bones.
4. Will Dentures affect the way I speak?
Pronouncing different words with Dentures may require some practice. Reading out loud and repeating words you are having trouble with will help.
5. How long should I wear my Dentures?
Dr. Little will provide instructions about how long your Dentures should be kept in place. For the first few days, generally patients are told to wear them consistently, including while they sleep. After the adjustment period, they may be worn less and Dr. Little may instruct you to remove them overnight.
6. Will my Dentures need to be replaced?
Over time your Dentures will need to be relined, rebased and remade due to normal wear and tear. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear. Loose Dentures can cause health problems, such as sores and infections. They may also make chewing difficult.
7. Do I still need to perform dental hygiene practices?
Even with a full set of Dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Twice each day (morning and evening) brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush before you put in your Dentures. This will remove plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is also important to maintaining a healthy mouth.
8. Should I use Denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can help to provide additional support for well-fitting Dentures. It should not be used as a solution for old or ill-fitting Dentures. A poorly fitting Denture which causes irritation can contribute to oral sores. These Dentures may need to be relined or replaced. If your Dentures begin to feel loose or uncomfortable, make an appointment with Dr. Little immediately.