Five Surprising Facts About Dentures

Five Surprising Facts About Dentures

If mentioning dentures conjures images of your grandparents struggling with loose dentures or dentures that truly look like dentures, it’s time to learn more about today’s exceptional options.

As a denture specialist, Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, offers a wide range of dentures, from partial to full, removable to permanent, and rigid to flexible. No matter which type you choose, you can be sure that Dr. Nichols creates dentures that fit your mouth and look natural.

These are the top five surprising facts about dentures.

1. Dentures should not be loose

Nearly everyone has heard stories about dentures that slip out of place while someone is talking or eating. Though dentures have a well-earned reputation for being loose, they don’t have to be that way. Beyond using an adhesive for traditional dentures, you have another option: You can consider getting implant-supported dentures.

A dental implant is a small metal post that takes on the role of a tooth root. The implant goes into your jaw. New bone grows and naturally bonds with the post, securely anchoring it in the jawbone. 

Once several implants are in place, we use them to support your new dentures. Your dentures snap on and off the implants. Though you take the dentures out at night like traditional dentures, the implants hold them in place. The implants eliminate loose dentures and make it easier to enjoy nearly all types of foods.

2. Dentures can stay fixed in place

If you want to get implant-supported dentures, you can also decide to have your dentures cemented to the implants. This may require a few extra implants (four on top and four on the bottom), but it turns your dentures into permanent teeth that you don’t take out.

Another great benefit of having implants is that they stimulate ongoing bone growth. Throughout your lifetime, your jawbone stays strong by continuously eliminating old or damaged bone and replacing it with new bone.

This process, called remodeling, only works when tooth roots stimulate the jawbone. After losing your teeth, you start to lose bone, which changes the shape of your jaw. You can help prevent that problem with implant-supported dentures.

3. Partial dentures can be flexible

If you only need partial dentures to replace a few teeth, we offer thermoplastic dentures. Traditional partial dentures consist of a firm acrylic with metal clasps. By comparison, thermoplastic partial dentures are made of a thin, flexible nylon resin. 

Flexible partial dentures offer extreme comfort, while also being incredibly durable. The material doesn’t absorb odors or stains, and it’s virtually invisible in your mouth.

4. Dentures should always look natural

Have you ever looked at someone’s teeth and immediately recognized dentures? Many people are embarrassed to wear poorly made dentures because they obviously look like dentures. But you should expect more. 

Whether you need partial or full dentures, traditional or implant-supported, we make sure your dentures fit your jaw and use quality materials that resemble your natural teeth.

5. Dentures require an adjustment period

Many people are surprised to learn they need time to adjust to their dentures. If you get fixed, implant-supported dentures, you may not need as much time to get used to the feel of your new teeth. However, it can take several weeks to get comfortable with traditional dentures that fit over your gums.

When you get your new dentures, they may feel bulky or loose. It’s common for your gums to get sore during the first few weeks. It also takes time to get used to speaking and pronouncing certain words with dentures. 

You can ease the transition by reminding yourself it takes time and taking small steps. For example, eat soft foods for a time and gradually work up to solids. When you eat solid foods, take very small bites. You can get used to speaking with your new dentures by reading aloud or singing.

We also schedule follow-up appointments so we can check the fit and make any adjustments to ensure you have the best-fitting dentures.

If you have questions about dentures, call our office, or book an appointment online today.

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