Getting a new pair of dentures isn’t like buying a new pair of shoes. You can’t just order a pair online and know that it’s going to fit and look great. Although we’re sure you could find a pair of dentures online for an affordable price, we don’t recommend that option. Instead, you should find a qualified dentures dentist who offers high-quality dentures. Whether you’re looking to replace your current dentures or you’re buying your first pair, working with a dentures dentist is your best option.
One of the best parts of working with a dentist instead of using an online service is that you can get all your questions answered. In your search for the best dentures for your smile, we recommend asking these questions to your potential dentures dentist.
Do I Need to Have Any Teeth Extracted?
If you have any remaining teeth left, you might be wondering if it’s time to pull them. Oftentimes, a dentist will recommend extracting your remaining teeth if the health of them isn’t looking great. If their health is already declining, there’s probably no point in keeping them in your mouth to cause even more problems. Not to mention, you will have to get new dentures again once those teeth come out.
On the flip side, if your remaining teeth are still in excellent health, your dentures dentist will likely recommend keeping them and offering you partial dentures instead.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
In your journey for your new set of dentures, you might want to consider dental implants to secure your dentures in place. Dental implants help your tooth replacements feel more natural and offer other amazing benefits you won’t get with dentures alone. If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to ask your dentures dentist if you’re a good candidate for dental implants because not every patient is one. Good candidates require sufficient bone in their jaw to hold the implants in place. Patients should also have healthy gums and be free of gum disease.
Which Dentures Are Right For Me?
Your dentures dentist might offer a range of dentures to choose from. In these cases, you might wonder which one is right for you and what makes them different from each other. The Denture Fountain of Youth® is one of the best options on the market and is incomparable to other dentures. If you’re looking for natural results that feel comfortable and offer amazing benefits, make sure your dentures dentist offers this option.
What Will My New Smile Look Like?
Your dentures dentist should have the ability to customize the appearance of your dentures to some extent. Oftentimes, they will also be able to show you a digital rendering of what you will look like with your new smile. If your dentures dentist can’t give you an idea of what your new smile will look like, that’s not a good sign. Your dentures dentist should customize your new smile to complement your appearance or even design your smile to look like the one of your youth.
Are There Any Foods I Need to Avoid?
Some foods aren’t the best option for denture wearers. When you first get your dentures, you should start by eating soft foods and work your way up to harder to eat foods like steak or corn on the cob. The more comfortable you feel, the more food you will want to try. Although your dentures will fit securely in your mouth, you might still find that some foods are too difficult to enjoy. Anything sticky or syrupy might stick to your dentures and make it difficult to get off or potentially dislodge your dentures. When you receive your dentures, your dentures dentist will provide you with a list of foods to avoid.
Will My Appearance Change with Dentures?
It depends on the dentures. FOY ® Dentures, for example, will benefit your appearance. Their neuromuscular design helps slow the process of bone resorption. They can also help rebuild your facial structure to help you look younger.
However, not all dentures use this unique neuromuscular approach. Instead, bone resorption will happen more rapidly which will cause your skin on your face to sag, your facial structure to look sunken in, and overall make you look older than your biological age.
Do I Need to Take My Dentures Out At Night?
Yes. If your dentures are not fixed with dental implants, you need to take them out at night and let them soak in a cleaning solution or water. This will give your mouth a break from wearing them and allow the cleaning solution to work its magic overnight so you wake to a fresh pair of dentures.
How Do I Store My Dentures?
If you take your dentures out for any reason, you need to store them properly by placing them in water. Dentures should never be stored dry or they can lose their shape. If you’re not wearing them, they need to be in a cup of water.
How Do I Clean My Dentures?
At the end of the day, you should remove your denture and place them to soak in a denture cleaning solution overnight. In the morning, using a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub your dentures clean. You should also use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your tongue and gums.
If you have fixed dentures, you should brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. It’s also important to use a Waterpik or floss to get under your dentures, otherwise, food and debris can pile up and lead to gum disease.
What Should I Do If My Dentures Don’t Fit Correctly?
If your dentures don’t fit correctly in your mouth, you need to visit a dentures dentist ASAP so they can make adjustments. Your mouth will change shape over time which makes regular adjustments necessary. Otherwise, your dentures will slip and slide, make eating difficult, and even lead to speech problems.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
Usually, you should still visit the dentist every six months, even when you wear dentures. During your initial visit with a dentures dentist, they will tell you how often to visit.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
It depends! The cost of your dentures depends on what kind of dentures you get, who your dentist is, and even where you’re located. The only way to find out is by visiting a dentures dentist for a consultation.