Dentures: Some Important Facts for Candidates to Know About

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Patients who are considering wearing dentures should be provided with correct information to help them make the best decisions. Here are answers to a couple of common questions that several candidates for dentures often ask before choosing whether or not to have dentures designed for them.

Does it hurt wearing dentures?

Pain is a frequent problem for most denture wearers. When dentures are fitted into a patient's mouth for the first time, it is normal for them to experience a bit of soreness that should disappear as their mouth becomes used to accommodating the new dental appliances.

The extent and duration of pain for new wearers varies, depending on how perfect the fit of the dentures is in addition to how well the wearer's mouth gets accustomed to the teeth replacements. The trick to dealing with denture pain is to visit a dentist or prosthodontist immediately when any serious pain is experienced. An early visit to a dentist means quick pain relief.

Do dentures look any different from natural teeth?

In recent times, the technology behind prosthodontics has made it possible for denture manufacturers to design products that replicate the appearance of natural teeth so brilliantly that other people can't notice wearers are merely putting on teeth replacements. Dentures are tailored to fit on the gums they are attached to seamlessly. Therefore, patients wearing dentures can mingle freely the entire day without worrying about people noticing they have 'fake' teeth.

What denture products are there in the market?

There are a wide selection of denture care products available on the market today, but as a standard, every patient should at least have a good toothbrush, toothpaste and denture cleaner. They should get a soft brush that can firmly remove plaque from the dentures but won't cause them to scratch. Toothpaste that is mildly formulated to prevent denture surface abrasion should be used. Dentures should be soaked in denture cleaner when they are not being used to prevent warping. All denture products can be bought from local oral care drugstores.

Can damaged or defective dentures be fixed?

Dentures can accidentally drop and crack or get broken. Aside from that, natural changes in the shape of gums and jaw bones can spoil the perfect fit that dentures once had, triggering sore spots. In such cases, it is best to return the damaged or faulty dentures to the dentist who made them for professional repair service. Even though a problem may seem easy to repair, it is essential to have it done properly to prevent any further problems. If the denture is too old, a dentist may recommend that it is time to have a new one fitted.

The questions asked out there regarding dentures are almost endless. See your dentist to have any concern about dentures correctly addressed.


25 April 2016

Unraveling Dental Myths about Children: A Blog for Parents

When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.