5 Questions to Ask Before You Get Dentures

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  1. How do dentures feel, and will they affect my speech or eating?

    Initially, new dentures may feel unfamiliar or bulky in the mouth, leading to a period of adjustment where speech and eating might be affected. Some people experience an increase in saliva flow, minor irritation, or soreness as their mouth gets accustomed to the dentures. With time, these sensations generally diminish, allowing speech to return to normal. Eating will also take some getting used to; starting with soft foods cut into small pieces can help. An interesting fact is that dentures can actually improve your speech if you’ve had missing teeth for a while, as they restore the ability to pronounce certain sounds more clearly.

  2. How do I care for my dentures?

    Dentures require daily cleaning to remove food particles and plaque, prevent staining, and maintain oral health. Unlike natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned with a soft-bristle brush and non-abrasive cleaners specifically designed for them, as regular toothpaste can be too harsh. Soaking dentures in a cleaning solution overnight can help to disinfect them and remove stains. Additionally, it’s crucial to keep the gums and mouth clean to prevent infections. When cleaning, fill the sink with water or place a towel underneath while handling dentures to avoid damage if they are accidentally dropped.

  3. How long do dentures last?Dentures typically last between 5 to 10 years, but this can vary based on factors like the wearer’s oral habits, care routine, and changes in the mouth’s shape. Over time, dentures may require adjustments or relining due to natural changes in the jaw and gums. Regular dental check-ups are important to assess the fit and condition of the dentures. Even with good care, the material of dentures can wear down or lose its shape, requiring their replacement to ensure optimal function and comfort.
  4. Will my dentures look like natural teeth?Modern dentures are designed to look very similar to natural teeth, with attention to detail in the color, shape, and placement of the artificial teeth to match the wearer’s facial structure and skin tone. Advances in dental technology have led to more realistic and aesthetically pleasing results, making it difficult for others to notice that someone is wearing dentures. The acrylic base used in dentures can be tinted to match the natural gum color, enhancing the overall natural appearance.
  5. What is the cost of getting dentures, and does insurance cover them?The cost of dentures can vary widely depending on the type (full or partial), materials used, and the complexity of the case. Basic dentures can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Most dental insurance plans typically cover a portion of the cost of dentures, but the extent of coverage can vary significantly. It’s important to check with your insurance provider for specific details about their coverage. Some dental clinics offer financing plans or sliding scale fees based on income, making dentures more accessible to a broader range of patients.