Most people think of dentures as being something "older" people wear imagining full sets that go in and out of your mouth. However, there is so much more to dentures than just that single image. The following are a few facts you might not have known about dentures:
- All dentures are not created equally.. just as with anything else, you get what you pay for. High impact acrylic, specially hardened composite teeth and impressions that incorporate the movements of the tongue and cheeks are generally not included in lower priced dentures. Be sure to inquire.
- Dentures should not be worn normally for more than seven to ten years without being replaced or relined.
- Dentures are custom made for each patient by hand, making the proper selection of the professional making your dentures crucial. The more qualified they are the better they will be able to deal with your special needs.
- Dentures should not create any continual irritation or soreness.
- As you age your mouth gets smaller. This can create an issue, causing your dentures to become loose. While a perfectly normal process, it may require your dentures to be relined.
- If the teeth in your dentures are constantly breaking it can be a sign that you have an improper bite. This can lead to TMJ issues including headaches and tissue soreness.
- Regular toothpaste made to be used on natural teeth should not be used on dentures. It can be too abrasive and will eventually thin out the plastic base or the teeth, causing premature wear and breakage. We recommend a good non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Once you have your dentures you must still continue regular dental appointments. Watch for any signs like looseness caused by tissue changes, bad odor, color change, or stains.
- Dentures should not be noticeable to others, alleviating any embarrassment for the wearer. If you have the proper fit, practice good habits at home with cleaning and caring for your dentures and make regular appointments, no one but you and your dental professional need know you have dentures.
- Some medications can affect your dentures just as some can affect natural teeth. If you're taking a medication that changes saliva it can affect your dentures, making it hard to swallow or chew.
- Denture repairs MUST be made by your dental professional. Please do not try to do it yourself.
- As dentures are handmade and customized for each individual, no two dentures are exactly alike so you cannot expect the same results as another denture wearer.