Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implant can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating
the need for a denture. Implant supported overdentures may also be considered
that gives better retention than conventional dentures. The cost of implants
however is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble
the feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to
dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
Will Dentures Make Me Look Different?
Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be
no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve
your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Will Eating With New Dentures Be Difficult?
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable
for some wearers for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start with
soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth.
As you get used to your new dentures, add other foods until you return to
your normal diet. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones
or shells. And, avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want
to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture. Also, don't use toothpicks
while wearing dentures.
Will Dentures Change How I Speak?
You may have difficulty pronouncing certain words. If so, practice by saying
the difficult words out loud. With practice and with time you will become
accustomed to speaking properly with your denture.
Your dentures may occasionally slip when you laugh, cough, or smile. Reposition
the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing
Are Dentures Worn 24 Hours a Day?
No, you should not wear it at night. This allows gum tissues to rest and allows
normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. The denture can
be put back in your mouth in the morning.
Should I Use a Denture Glues?
Denture glues may be considered under the following circumstances:
1. To enhance your satisfaction with a properly constructed denture. Denture
glues enhance retention, stability, bite force and an individual's sense of
2. To provide added stability and security for those who place unusual demands
on their facial muscles, such as public speakers or musicians
How Are Denture Glues Applied?
Here are some tips to consider when applying denture adhesives:
1. Use the minimum amount necessary to provide the maximum benefit. Apply
less than you think you need, and then gradually increase the amount until
you feel comfortable.
2. Distribute the glue evenly on the tissue bearing surface of the denture
3. Apply or reapply when necessary to provide the desired effect
4. Always apply the adhesive to a thoroughly clean denture
Are Denture Glues Safe?
Dental glues are safe as long as they are used as they were meant to be used.
If the denture is well-fitting and the adhesive is only used to give added
stability, there should be no ill effects. If adhesives are used excessively
to fill voids for an ill-fitting denture, they can be harmful to the underlying
soft and hard tissues. Occasionally, in these cases, inflammation of the soft
tissues can result. In addition, because of its movement on the soft tissue
and underlying bone, an ill-fitting denture can cause bone loss.
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