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Frequently Asked Questions – Dentures Part 1

What’s the different between a "dentures" and a "partial"?

Dentures are a prosthetic tooth replacement device generally used to replace a full set of teeth; the upper denture and/or lower denture in place of all your teeth. Partial dentures may be used to replace multiple teeth in a patient who still has some healthy teeth remaining.

Is getting used to new dentures difficult?

Not when the dentures are fabricated properly and well fitted. For many, it feels like their mouth is always "full" which can take some getting used to. This sensation will gradually dissipate over the first couple of weeks or so, during the normal "break-in" period. You should also experience increased saliva flow, which will again dissipate fairly quickly. Your lower denture will commonly feel "looser" than your upper, which should be explained by your dental professional.

Will the way I speak be affected by dentures?

At first, yes, your speech may be affected by your new false teeth. Since your mouth is once again full of teeth, teeth which are different from your natural teeth, the position of your tongue will also be different. This may cause a "hissing" or "whistling" sound when you speak. Most patients adapt quickly to their new dentures though, including learning to place their tongue to reduce these extraneous sounds when speaking. A little patience and practice will make this happen more quickly.

Is it common to have sore spots in my mouth with new dentures?

Yes, it is fairly common to develop a sore spot or two when you begin wearing your new dentures. As the dentures "settle" they tend to place uneven pressure on your gums, which can create sore spots. This usually happens within the first few weeks but should resolve itself soon afterward, if your dentures have been properly fitted.

If this does not happen, and you feel you that you must remove them to relieve the pain, call your doctor for an appointment to adjust your new dentures to help speed this "break-in" process. Your doctor can quickly adjust your dentures to ensure they are comfortable again.

When you go in for an adjustment appointment, be sure to wear your dentures during the 24 hours prior to the appointment. If you don’t, the doctor will not be able to see the sore spots, which could prolong the "break-in" period.

The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.

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