Top 10 Questions Denture Wearers Ask at San Diego Prosthodontics

1. What are the different kinds of dentures?

Dentures are one option to replace some or all of your missing teeth. A denture that replaces all of your missing teeth is called a complete denture. They rest on the gums that cover the jawbone. A denture that replaces some of the teeth is called a partial denture. These attach to adjacent teeth and also rest on the gums. For both types of dentures, stability and retention may be improved by attaching them to dental implants.

2. What kind of denture is best for me?

Call our office today and schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a partial or complete denture. We are specialists with additional training after dental school and we focus on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth, including dentures for the most complex cases. Our prosthodontists can also determine if another treatment option is more suited to your particular situation.

3. Is it possible to have dentures put in the same day as my teeth are removed?

Yes, this is possible! These dentures are referred to as immediate dentures. They allow you to have teeth while your bones and gums heal, prior to receiving your definitive dentures.

4. How do I care for and clean my dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush or denture brush. DO NOT use toothpaste as this is designed for natural teeth and can be too abrasive for dentures. We recommend using liquid dish soap instead. Do not use bleach on your dentures and do not attempt to adjust or alter your denture fit. Only your prosthodontist is qualified to adjust and repair your denture. All dentures made by San Diego Prosthodontics are adjusted and repaired free of charge. If your denture becomes loose, have it checked immediately as this can cause friction and pressure on your gums and tissues, causing painful sore spots. An annual exam by our prosthodontist will help ensure your denture is functioning properly. When your dentures are not in use, place them in a cup with a small amount of water, to prevent them from drying out.

5. How long do dentures last for?

The American Dental Association recommends you replace your dentures every 5-7 years for proper fit and appearance. Denture teeth wear and stain faster than natural teeth and your gums and bone may change over time.  Your dental insurance may cover new dentures every 5 years. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding out if your insurance will cover dentures. Call us today!

6. What is a denture reline and when is it time to reline my denture?

A denture reline is a procedure done to refit the base of the denture. If your denture no longer fits as well as it used to, it may be time for a reline. San Diego Prosthodontics is equipped with an in-house dental laboratory on-site, allowing us to perform your denture reline in our office. You will have your denture back within 24 hours.

7. Can I sleep with my dentures?

As long as you are taking your dentures out daily and cleaning them properly, it is okay to sleep with your dentures. However, it is also okay to remove your dentures at night and place them in a cup with clean water.

8. Will I have to adjust to my new dentures?

After you receive your dentures, we will schedule a follow up a few days after to adjust it if necessary. However, you may need other adjustments as your gums change. All adjustments are free of charge. If your denture is loose or if it is rubbing on your gums, please call us to schedule an appointment.

9. How does my denture stay in my mouth?

Conventional dentures stay in your mouth by using your tongue and cheek muscles. This is also known as neuromuscular control. An upper or maxillary denture often creates a suction which also helps the denture stay in place. For individuals who have a hard time controlling their denture with their tongue and cheek muscles or cannot create a suction due to lack of saliva, denture adhesive (powder or paste) can be helpful. This however needs to be cleaned daily and removed completely for optimal oral health.

Partial dentures stay in your mouth utilizing any remaining teeth. Clasps or wires are used to hook around the teeth to help stabilize and retain the partial denture. Implants can be used to help retain or support a partial denture when there are minimal teeth present.

Implant dentures use dental implants to secure the dentures in your mouth. They can be removable for ease of cleaning or can be fixed, providing a natural look and feel.

10. How much do dentures cost?

Denture fees can vary greatly depending on the complexity of your case. We custom fabricate all dentures in our office, allowing for a quick turn around and extreme precision. To find out how much your dentures will cost, come in for a consultation with one of our highly trained prosthodontists. We will give you a personalized treatment plan during that appointment.