The history of dentures goes back hundreds of years. They are the most common choice for tooth replacement, and are very effective. If you’ve lost teeth and are wondering if dentures are a good option for you, here are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding dentures and how they work.
Can I only get dentures if I’ve lost all my teeth?
Not at all. Dentures can be used to replace several teeth, a full arch of teeth, or even all your teeth.
Do dentures have to be replaced frequently?
In general, a set of dentures will last many years. However, the lining of the dentures might need to be replaced every seven years or so. This is because the shape of your jawbone changes over time. The actual denture itself shouldn’t have to be replaced often, unless it is damaged.
Do I have to wear denture adhesive all the time?
If your denture is designed properly, it should stay in your mouth without adhesive. However, many people choose to use adhesive with their dentures for extra security.
How long does it take to get used to dentures?
When you first get your dentures, it might take a couple of weeks to get used to the extra bulk in your mouth. However, if you practice talking and eating at home, you’ll adjust quickly.
Do I have to wear my dentures at night?
No. In fact, it’s usually best to take them out at night. This gives your gums a chance to rest, and also gives you an opportunity to clean your dentures by leaving them in water or in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep.
To learn more about dentures or other tooth replacement options, contact our team at Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation.