If you’re thinking about getting dentures, you might be asking yourself some questions: “How will they fit? Will they look natural? Will anyone know I’m wearing fake teeth?” You might be concerned about practical matters such as the cost of dentures and whether affordable dentures are within your reach.
Although no one welcomes a partial or full set of replacement teeth, they help you chew, eat and speak normally and without pain. They also keep any existing teeth you have from drifting out of position, which prevents a range of dental problems. Most important, affordable dentures restore your smile and give you the confidence to show off your pearly whites without feeling self-conscious about missing teeth. With proper denture care, your replacement teeth will last for years.
The cost of dentures will in part be determined by which type you choose:
Complete — These are either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually two to three months).
Immediate dentures are ready for wear the same day any remaining teeth are removed so you don’t have to spend the healing period toothless. The drawback is that you’ll need more adjustments, since your gums and bones shrink during this period and a final impression and laboratory reline will be needed 9 months after insertion following your extractions.
Talk to your dentist so you’ll know what to expect should you decide to seek out affordable dentures. Here are a few basic questions:
What will they feel like?
Dentures may feel odd or even uncomfortable for the first few weeks. You may experience some minor irritation and soreness. These things usually get better as your mouth adjusts.
Will they affect the way I talk?
Some words may be difficult to pronounce, so practice saying those words out loud for awhile.
Your new dentures are unique to you. They have been designed to match your facial features and complexion. A new set of dentures may feel strange to you, but don’t worry. You will get used to them very soon. You may feel that you look different. Hopefully, you will look better! Just look in the mirror. You may sound different with a new set of dentures, but your speech should soon return to normal.
Your dentures should be removed from your mouth at night. You take your shoes off at night to let your feet relax. You should remove your teeth to allow your gum tissue to relax. Your dentures should be placed in water or a denture cleanser when not in use. This will prevent any warping of the denture material.
When eating, some people experience slipping of their teeth. Chewing on one side may cause your dentures to tip and loosen. You should try to place a small portion of food on both sides of your mouth and chew up and down in a vertical motion. This will equalize the pressure on both sides of your mouth and minimize movement.
Certain foods are more difficult to eat. Use small bites and chew slowly. You may also find improvement in chewing by using a denture adhesive. Good nutrition is important to you. Be sure to eat a well balanced diet including foods from the four food groups.
Remember to clean your dentures every day. This will prevent stain, plaque build-up and odor. Use a toothbrush and denture toothpaste to clean your dentures. Do not use household cleansers or bleach since these will damage your dentures. Your can also soak your dentures in a denture cleanser. Don’t forget to use a soft toothbrush to clean your gums and tongue.
Even though you are wearing dentures, it is still important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentures will be checked for their fit and appropriate adjustments can be made. A complete oral exam should also be performed to make sure there are no problems with the gums, tongue or palate.
With regular check-ups and proper denture care, you can enjoy good oral health!