Frequently Asked Questions of Dentures
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How do dental implants compare with dentures?
Modern technology allows dentures to be made very accurately and well fitting for each individual's mouth. However, even with these advances, many patients still suffer from denture pain, denture slippage and discomfort. This is especially true for those individuals with a full set of lower dentures.
Dental implant teeth are very strong because it is directly anchored in the jawbones, just like real teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, there is no problem with slippage, which means that you can eat and speak with comfort and confidence.
Dentures cover large areas of the mouth and taste buds. This makes eating less enjoyable and food tastes less tasty. Implant teeth can be made with less material, which allows less coverage on the oral tissue, like the roof of the mouth. Many patients reported increased taste enjoyment of food.
Getting used to your dentures
Even dentures that fit beautifully require an adjustment time. While you are getting used to your replacement teeth, you do not need to cancel your important engagements. However, you need to give yourself time to adapt to your new teeth. You may also want to start with soft food that is easy to chew, while your comfort level improves. This is because you may initially experience minor speech changes and some eating difficulties. You may also notice an increased flow of saliva during this period.
Some denture wearers notice a slight change in their facial appearance. Knowing what to expect helps you to anticipate normal adjustments and to effectively manage them.
While the dentist may advise you to wear your new denture teeth at night initially, normally you will remove your dentures while you sleep. This gives a break for eight hours for your tongue and gums to rest.
Caring for your dentures
Always handle your dentures with care. Remove them at night when you sleep and brush them daily. There are specially-designed brushes and cleansers for dentures. Alternatively, one can use a regular toothbrush and toothpaste. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or abrasive toothpastes, which will leave scratches on the dentures. Hot water may distort the structure of the dentures, so do not put them in boiling water.
If you wear a partial denture, always remove it before you brush your natural teeth. Clean the teeth and the fitting surfaces carefully with a toothbrush and cleanser and then soak them in a glass of water. Dry dentures can become brittle and crack or break.