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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question regarding false teeth, you have come to the right place. Here we will answer many frequently asked questions about dentures.

How are dentures made?

A dentist makes dentures with the assistance of a dental lab, oral exams, and x-rays. A total of five appointments are generally required which follow this typical pattern:

  • First Appointment – jawbone molds are taken.
  • Second Appointment – the custom mold tray is used to create the impression that will be used to create your dentures.
  • Third Appointment – your bite and tooth position are determined. The color, size, and shape of the false teeth are selected.
  • Fourth Appointment – the first fitting takes place where a series of tests are conducted (speaking, bite, etc.). Any changes required are noted and the dentures are returned to the dental lab.
  • Fifth Appointment – Final fitting and any further adjustments are made at this point.

Can dentures broken in half be repaired?

Yes, if your dentures are constructed from acrylic material. Should your dentures be made of nylon, they can also be repaired but will cost more than acrylic repairs due to the time required for such a repair. Caste metal partials are difficult to repair and depending on the damage, may not be repairable at all.

How do you clean false teeth?

There is a specific method for cleaning false teeth. Rinse them first under lukewarm running water and gently brush away loose particles by hand. Then brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and specially formulated denture cleaner. Rinse again and either soak overnight or pat the dentures dry before replacing them in your mouth.

What dentures are the best to get?

The ‘best’ dentures for you will be best determined by your dentist. However, there are many different types of dentures to choose from. They include:

  • Full Dentures – also known as complete dentures, are full mouthpieces made from acrylic, nylon or metal that sit on your gum line and contain a complete set of fake teeth.
  • Partial Dentures – these are smaller plates of fake teeth that are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are made from acrylic, nylon or metal and use special clips to attach to existing teeth.
  • Immediate Dentures – these are temporary dentures that can be either full or partial. They are placed on unhealed gum sockets immediately following tooth extraction.
  • Cosmetic Dentures – these can also be full or partial dentures and are designed to create the visual of a perfect set of teeth that are also durable and functional.
  • Implant Dentures – also available as full or partial dentures, titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and prosthetic teeth and cemented permanently onto the posts.
  • Flexible Dentures – a flexible coating of resin makes these the most comfortable of the denture choices. Also available in full or partials.
  • Overdentures – (also known as snap-in dentures) this is a full or partial denture that is designed to fit over or supported by some of your existing teeth or dental implants and is removable.

What are false teeth called?

False teeth have several names., but when someone is talking about false teeth, they are usually referring to dentures. The upper set of dentures is usually called uppers while the lower set is called lowers to distinguish between them.

How often should dentures be replaced?

Dentures are not intended to last forever. Depending on the amount of wear and care they receive, the average lifespan of a good quality set of dentures is between 3 and 8 years.

How are dentures fitted?

An impression of your mouth is taken by the dentist. The mold that is made from your bite impression will be used to create your false teeth. Once your dentures have been made, your dentist will show you how to place them in your mouth and will observe how they fit. Adjustments will be made at this time. You will be instructed to wear them once again and adjustments will continue until the fit is correct.

Who first invented false teeth?

The first known dentures date back to 2500 BC and were believed to be made with wolf teeth. By 700 BC human and animal teeth were bound together with gold bands by the Etruscans of Italy to create false teeth. False teeth were also made from ivory and porcelain.

Which is better – dentures or dental implants?

Dental implants are a popular choice if you are only missing one or two teeth. Dentures are a logical choice if you are missing several teeth. Your dentist will be able to advise you for the best solution based on your oral health needs.

What are false teeth made of?

False teeth are made of acrylic, nylon or metal materials.

What do false teeth look like?

False teeth are designed to have the appearance of natural teeth. The plate that makes up the bulk of your dentures is colored to resemble your gums and the teeth are colored to match existing teeth or to look like well-maintained bright, white teeth.

Will dentures change the shape of my face?

If you have a number of missing teeth before getting dentures, your false teeth will help to ‘fill out’ your face and make you look healthier. Click here for more on what dentures look like.

Are dentures expensive?

The cost of dentures is related to the number of teeth required to replace and materials used. There are also low-cost options that are for those with limited budgets.

How often do dentures need to be relined?

You should have your dentures examined annually by your dentist. It will be at one of these visits when the dentist will choose to reline your dentures. The timing of this will vary from patient to patient and be determined by several factors that your dentist will consider.

Are dentures painful?

Dentures may be a little painful in the beginning as your mouth adjusts to having a foreign object in it. If the gums become raw and painful, it may be because of a poor-fitting upper or lower and a visit to your dentist should remedy this.

What kind of dentures are there?

As listed above, there are several different types of dentures. They range from full and partials to immediate, cosmetic, implant and flexible dentures. There is also an option known as overdentures.

How much do false teeth cost?

The cost of dentures is impacted by a number of factors. A major factor is related to the number of teeth being replaced. However, there are many other considerations when ascertaining how much false teeth may cost. Click here for a review of the different costs for false teeth.

Can false teeth be whitened?

Yes, you can whiten your false teeth. However, there are whitening products that can damage your dentures, so it is important to use only those products or methods that are specifically for dentures.

How often should dentures be cleaned?

Dentures should be cleaned after each meal but if that is not possible, twice per day is sufficient. Typically, and similarly to natural teeth, after your first meal and before going to bed each night is best.

Can dentures cause headaches?

If dentures do not fit properly, they may cause soreness in the muscles of the face and jaw. This can lead to muscle tension headaches.

How should dentures look?

Dentures, when they are fitted properly, should look natural and appear as if they are your natural teeth.

Who fixes dentures?

Your dentist would examine your dentures and would either repair them in-house or ship them to a dental lab for repair.

Are dentures hard to get used to?

It will take some time to get used to wearing dentures. Typically, if the fit is right, you should be comfortable with them almost immediately. However, some individuals may need a few days or more to get used to eating, speaking and smiling with false teeth.

Can dentures be donated?

Although you may not be interested in buying used dentures, you can donate an old set of dentures to your dentist. There are recycling sites that can reuse the materials your false teeth are made from and turn them into new products – though not likely another set of uppers or lowers.

Can false teeth look natural?

The main goal of false teeth manufacturing is to make the false teeth look as natural as possible. The plate in which the fake teeth are joined is colored to resemble your gums and the teeth are colored to match your existing teeth.

Why are dentures kept in water?

It is important to soak dentures in a cleaning solution overnight. This is to keep them from drying out and cracking or warping out of shape. Keeping dentures in a soaking solution also mimics the conditions of your mouth.

Can you kiss with false teeth?

Of course, you can kiss with false teeth. Dentures permit you to also speak, eat and smile normally as if you had your natural teeth.

Can you make your own dentures?

There are a number of do-it-yourself ways to make dentures at home. However, DIY dentures are generally only used on a temporary basis. Having a set professionally made by a dental lab will ensure durability and function.

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