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What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

woman with dentures

Dentures are a good alternative to help restore function and aesthetics in the absence of natural dentition.

Are Dentures Better than Implants?

Dentures and implants are the most common options to replace missing teeth. Dentures are usually less expensive than implants, which are permanent replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. If your gums or jawbone are weak or unhealthy, dentures are often the best choice. Dentures can be used with implants as well in the form of an implant overdenture. Your dentist will talk with you about the alternatives available to you, as well as the pros and cons of each.

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Teeth Are Pulled?

In order to get dentures, it depends on the type you’re getting – conventional or immediate (temporary). Conventional dentures are made after your teeth are removed and your gums have started to heal. After about 8 weeks, they’ll be ready. Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are pulled, so they’ll need more adjustments to achieve a good fit.

How Long Do New Dentures Hurt?

New dentures take an adjustment period of a few weeks, especially with immediate dentures. After seeing your dentist for adjustments, let them know of any discomfort.

Can You Get Your Teeth Pulled and Get Dentures the Same Day?

You can get temporary dentures the same day you get your teeth pulled if you have impressions made of your teeth a month or two in advance.

How Do You Get Used to Wearing Dentures?

It takes a period of adjustment to get used to wearing dentures. The following tips can help:

  • Choose soft foods that you cut into small pieces.
  • Practice talking by singing words or reading aloud.
  • Take your dentures out at bedtime.
  • See your dentist for scheduled adjustments.

Can You Sleep with Dentures?

You should not sleep with dentures at night if it can be avoided. If you do sleep with them, you should take them out at some point during the day so you don’t develop an infection.

How Long Should I Keep My New Dentures In?

Your new dentures should be kept in during the day, if possible, so you can get used to them. At night, they should be removed.

Are Metal Dentures Better Than Plastic?

Complete dentures are made out of only one type of material, that is acrylic (plastic). Partial dentures you have a choice of acrylic, metal frame, or flex (nylon). Metal and plastic dentures each have their benefits. Metal is longer lasting, stronger, and feels more natural to wear. Plastic dentures use clear clasps, so no metal can be seen. They’re less expensive, more comfortable, and less likely to cause irritation.

What Happens if I Don't Wear My Dentures?

Dentures are meant to be worn all day, and this helps you get used to them and will also help them fit properly. If you don’t wear them enough, the bone that formerly supported your teeth is removed by your body more quickly than it would be otherwise.

If you would like more information about dentures and if they are right for you, make an appointment today in one of our many convenient New York area offices. We have offices open seven days a week with extended weekday hours for your convenience, and we welcome walk-ins.

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