Your dentures should fit snugly and comfortably around your gums.We will be sure that you have a great looking set of dentures that will last, and anytime there is a problem with your dentures, we are happy to help you at any time.
Q1. Which Dentures Are Most Comfortable?
A denture is worn virtually all day and night. A surgical procedure is not required, making them a less invasive option. The best option for you depends on your dental condition. Here are some different scenarios.
- Replacing one or two teeth– One or two missing teeth are best replaced by a bridge or an implant bridge. If you prefer a denture, a flexible or snap on denture may be a solution. The location of the teeth should be considered:
- Molars – molars, especially, the lower back teeth take greater chewing stresses, and a bridge would be a better choice.
- Upper front teeth or bottom teeth– These teeth do not take as much stress as the back teeth near the molars. Partials with well-matched colors will look and feel great.
- One or two back molars– Molars should be removed instead of replaced, this will not affect your chewing functionality or smile. If two or more back molars are affected, the best option is an implant supported denture or a partial denture.
- Replacing a large number of teeth– if you need to replace multiple teeth, consider a flexible partial, or implant supported denture.
- A Complete or Full Denture– when all or most of the teeth need to be replaced, a complete/full denture is required. The full denture may be implant supported or flexible which is more affordable.
Q2. What are the Kinds of Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures can replace one or two teeth. A flexible partial or an implant denture can replace these teeth. Implants need enough healthy bone in the location in order for the jaw bone to support the implant. Implants take three to six months to reach their strength.
Q3. Why Dentures Are Kept in Water?
Dentures should always be kept wet. Conventional dentures must be stored in water, or a soaking solution when they are not being worn. They are made from acrylic, and will dry up and warp without being soaked when out of the mouth. Warped dentures will not be comfortable or effective.
Q4. How Dentures Should Fit?
Partial dentures are supported by the nearby teeth where they are attached with metallic clasps or snaps. Flexible partials have invisible thin plastic tentacles instead of snaps. Complete/full dentures rely on suction between the wet gum and the denture. If a denture no longer fits, an adhesive may be used as a temporary solution while new ones are being made.
Q5. Why Dentures Cause Pain?
New dentures will invariably hurt in the initial days because the gums are sore from tooth extraction. This will go away as the gums heal. New dentures can also cause discomfort as a foreign object until one gets used to them. Dentures will also hurt when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth, or if they do not fit properly. Damaged or warped dentures will also hurt. It is always best to consult your dentist to make adjustments.
Q6. How Dentures Are Made and Fitted?
- Examination- Your dentist will examine your mouth and use x-rays to be sure that there are no dental problems which make dentures unsuitable for you.
- The color and size of the denture teeth will be chosen.
- Impressions of the teeth are sent to the laboratory. Or, a digital impression is taken using an intraoral camera and software.
- Try-in dentures will be checked for fitting, bite, and smile. Minor adjustments may be needed.
- The final denture is made by the lab and sent to your dentist. The dentist fits it on you and checks for proper fitting. Minor changes may be made.
Q7. Dentures- What Can I Eat?
You cannot expect to use dentures as freely as your natural teeth. Watch carefully what you eat with them to avoid damage. Here are two short lists of foods you should be careful with and foods to avoid.
- Foods to Be Careful with- You must try to avoid or be careful in eating
- Acidic Foods: citrus juices and fruits
- Sugary foods- Avoid overly sweet foods
- Dehydrating Foods– Dehydration is bad for acrylic dentures. Avoid, liquor, tea, coffee, etc.
- Foods to Absolutely Avoid
- Nuts & Seeds: These can physically damage your dentures. Also avoid fruit with seeds
- Hard-to-Chew Foods: like underdone steaks, pop-corn, dry fruit, etc.
- Hard candy– In all types.
Q8. When Should Dentures Be Relined?
Dentures will need to be relined, especially when they begin to hurt. This is because the jaw-bone naturally shrinks (resorbs) when there is a lack of teeth in their sockets. (Implants avoid resorption). Once the gum shrinks, the denture becomes loose and unusable. If your denture doesn’t fit, consult your dentist immediately.
Q9. Dentures for Seniors
With age, one’s physical and dental health decays. Many elders suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and are not able to maintain good oral hygiene. Many seniors also suffer from gum disease, which can result in tooth loss. Thus, many seniors will be interested in full or complete dentures. Since many seniors have weak and deficient jaw bones due to osteoporosis, implant bridges won’t be an option and conventional or flexible dentures will be preferred.
Q10. Caring for Your Dentures
Taking good care of your dentures will prolong their longevity. The following points are relevant:
- Eating will expose dentures to food particles. Always remove and rinse off your dentures after eating.
- Dentures are made of acrylic; and are quite brittle. If you accidentally drop them, they may break or crack. Either way they are not repairable or usable. Carefully handle them..
- Invariably wash your mouth after taking out your dentures. Particles can stay under the denture and cause infection.
- Brush your dentures at least once daily.
- Dentures must be kept in clean water or a soaking solution when removed. Without this, they will dry up and warp and no longer fit.
- Always rinse the dentures before putting them in your mouth, especially if they have been soaking in a solution.
Q11. Does Insurance Cover Dentures?
Dentures are covered by many insurance plans. Before you decide to get dentures or other dental treatment you should check with your insurer to see what they cover and to what extent. Our office will see if we accept your insurance plan towards the cost of dentures.
Make an appointment with our dental office in Torrance, CA so we can help find the best solution for you. Our dental care specialists will ensure that your questions are answered and you are confident in your decision. We are in the South Bay, just 10 minutes away from Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes. For more information about denture options, click here.