A denture is a removable prosthesis for missing teeth; it can either be complete or partial. When all the natural teeth are missing then the replacement is a complete denture. When there are few missing teeth still in the mouth along with natural teeth the partial dentures are considered.
Q: How long it takes to get the dentures made?
A: Fabrication of dentures generally takes few weeks involving 4-5 appointments depending on the type of case.
Q: How will it feel with the new dentures?
A: Initially it feels little awkward wearing the new denture. The patient has difficulty while speaking and chewing. Sometimes the patient might get denture sores due to trauma from the dentures which heal with time.
Q: How do I get used to my new dentures?
A: Generally during the initial days the patient is advised to take soft diet with the dentures beginning with having water while wearing the dentures. Then small columns of food should be taken and practice chewing on both the side to adjust the denture. Then the patient is instructed to talk with the dentures on, it might happen that the denture might tend to slip out while laughing or smiling which can be self adjusted with biting on it and swallowing. It takes days of practice to get accustomed to your new dentures.
Q: Can I wear the dentures at night?
A: It is considered best to remove the dentures at night as the gum tissues should be allowed to rest atleast for eight hours for normal stimulation by the tongue and cleansing of the tissues by saliva to promote normal health of the gums and surrounding structures.
Q: How do I take care of my denture?
A: Generally it is advised to rinse the denture and mouth after every meal, if possible brushing the denture and cleaning the gums tongue and palate and the remaining teeth in case of partial dentures is advisable with soft brush. The denture should be removed overnight and soaked in clean water as drying may lead to warping. The denture should not be brushed with regular toothpaste, special cleaning tablets or pastes can be used.
Q: When should I get my dentures replaced?
A: As there is continuous age related changes taking place in the mouth the life span of a denture is almost 5 years depending on the eating habits of the patient and the condition of other remaining natural teeth. With course of time the denture may require relining and rebasing or even replacement.
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