Your dentures are an investment and require care and attention to maintain their optimum performance. The fit of your dentures will have a profound affect on your oral tissues and health. An annual examination by Jay Elbrecht, DDS will help ensure your denture is functioning properly.
What will a dentures appointment look like?
Updating your medical and dental history with any significant changes is critical to maintaining your oral health and well-being. A variety of medical and dental conditions can alter how your dentist will approach your appointment. Generally, you can expect:
- An examination of your oral cavity
- Tissue and bone assessment
- Denture stability and bite examination
- Cleaning and polishing of your denture
- Oral hygiene review
When to get your dentures checked
Ill-fitting dentures or dental implants may cause bone and tissue changes and need to be corrected for your oral health. Our practice doubles as an emergency dentist and can provide denture repair as well as recommend solutions to suit your personal needs.
Bite problems, speech impediments and tissue irritations can be caused by an ill-fitting denture and should be remedied. Leaving this condition unchecked can lead to complicated situations in the future. Jay Elbrecht, DDS can assess your dentures for cracks, chips, and broken or loose teeth and suggest solutions.
What type of dentures are there?
Complete dentures are dentures that replace all of the teeth. They generally are placed right on the gums. Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth. This type of denture is attached to the teeth that are remaining and cover the gums.
Do I have to take my false teeth out at night?
You can wear your dentures at night, though it is not advised. By taking your dentures out at night, you are able to give your gums and jaw bone the opportunity to relax. If you aren’t able to take your dentures out at night, be sure to take the time to properly clean them during the day. When they are out of the mouth, it is best to store them in water, especially overnight.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Getting used to eating with dentures takes time. The longer you have them, the easier it will get to eat with them. Most foods are safe to eat with dentures, but try to avoid all chewing gum. It can loosen the seal and require you to seek denture repair from your dentist. If you are worried about your dentures moving while you are getting adjusted to eating, try using denture adhesive to help stabilize them.