The first step is scheduling an exam with your dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, medical history, and treatment goals to determine whether dentures are the best option for you. You should leave this appointment with a clear idea of what to expect throughout the process and have an estimate of costs and insurance contributions, if applicable.
It depends on the treatment plan. Immediate dentures can be worn immediately following extraction of teeth, which allows the patient to have teeth throughout the entire process. There are pros and cons to immediate dentures, though, which your dentist will review with you.
Toothpaste can damage dentures by scratching the teeth and should never be used. Instead, dentures should be brushed with dishwashing liquid and a denture brush each night and then soaked with a denture cleansing tablet overnight.
Unlike natural teeth, dentures cannot be whitened. You can help prevent staining and discoloration by brushing your dentures every night, and some over-the-counter stain removers specifically designed for dentures can be used safely.
Nothing is quite the same as natural teeth. However, when dentures are made right for patients who are good candidates for them, they can closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth.
Eating with dentures takes practice. Eventually, you should be able to eat almost any food with your dentures. Chewing gum is an exception as nearly every variety sticks to the plastic.
If you are scheduled for tooth extractions prior to your denture fitting, you may experience some pain and soreness at the extraction sites. Dentures, in general, are not painful but may cause some minor irritation or discomfort initially. As your mouth adjusts to the dentures, these sore areas resolve.
Dentures can consist of a partial plate to replace just one or a few missing teeth or a complete plate to replace all top or bottom teeth. In addition, permanent dentures may be an option. Permanent dentures attach to dental implants and cannot be removed by the patient. Your dentist will help you determine which option is best for you.