1. What do I need to do to take care of my dentures?
The daily routine to take care of dentures is as follows: brush them once daily, soak the dentures overnight in water or denture-soaking solution to keep them moist, rinse them after having food and before putting them back into your mouth, and visit your dentist regularly. Avoid using white toothpaste, hot water, and abrasive cleaning.
2. Is it a painful procedure to get dentures fitted?
Yes, as the procedure is carried out after extraction of your teeth, on the same day, you might have gum pain, bleeding, and discomfort for a few days or weeks.
3. Are permanent dentures better than the temporary ones?
It can have a biased answer. Yes, because permanent dentures are long-lasting (5-8 years), robust, support facial features, with no risk of shifting or falling, and avoiding the need of removal for cleaning. No, because it takes almost 6-8 weeks after extraction to fit dentures. They are costly and involve surgery, so it may vary based on individual needs of either permanent or immediate dentures.
4. Will dentures restrict me from eating the food I like?
Yes, foods which get stuck in your dentures such as raw vegetables, sandwiches, pizza or meat are to be restricted. Also, keeping liquids in your mouth for a long time prior to swallowing may loosen your dentures making it difficult to have such food, but with time you may learn some tricks to have them like cutting the food into small pieces or chewing them using the teeth at the back of the jaw.
5. Can I get the dentures fitted after not having teeth for a long time?
Usually, the bones wear-off as they are not in use for a long time; similarly, the jaw bones might shrink in some time after tooth loss making it difficult to fit the dentures properly, as the jawbones are responsible for supporting the dentures. So, it is better to consult a dentist as they can examine your jawbones and let you know.