Dentures may seem like a big adjustment, but the right care and resources can make for a smooth transition. Here are a few common questions patients often have about dentures:
1. How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?
Adjusting to wearing dentures will likely vary from person to person. It may take some time to get accustomed to the feel and function of the dentures in your mouth, and we may work on adjustments to optimize your comfort as you learn to speak and chew with a new appliance. You may experience some discomfort or soreness initially, but with some patience, practice and regular use, most patients will find that they adapt within a few weeks.
2. Can dentures be worn while sleeping?
It is generally recommended to remove dentures while sleeping to give the gums and tissues a chance to rest. Removing dentures at night also allows for proper cleaning and maintenance of the dentures.
3. How do I care for my dentures?
Proper denture care is crucial to maintain their longevity and hygiene. Dentures should be cleaned daily using a soft-bristle brush and a denture cleanser, and they should be rinsed after eating to remove food particles. Your dentures should be stored in a denture-soaking solution or plain water when not in use.
4. Can dentures be worn during eating and speaking?
Yes, dentures are designed to restore chewing function and aid in speech. However, it may take some practice and adjustment to become comfortable with eating certain foods or speaking clearly with dentures. Over time, most people regain their ability to eat a wide variety of foods and speak naturally with dentures.
5. How long do dentures last?
The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and any changes in the mouth’s structure over time. On average, dentures can last around 5 to 10 years before needing replacement or adjustment. It is important to have regular dental check-ups to assess the condition of your dentures and determine if any modifications are necessary.
If you are considering dentures, talk to us! We can assess your specific needs and address the questions and concerns you may have.