1. What is the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?
Full, or complete, dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and inserted into the patients mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Kevin B. Sands measures your teeth and jaws to make models.
An advantage of full and immediate dentures is that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed, and healing may take six to eight weeks.
2. What do dentures feel like?
New dentures will feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. Similarly to receiving porcelain veneers, dentures are your new teeth and they will take a little getting used to. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Also, you may experience minor irritation and soreness in the beginning. Your saliva flow may temporarily increase; however, these problems will decrease as you become used to your new dentures.
3. Can I eat with dentures in my mouth?
Yes, but it does take a little practice. When you first get your dentures, start by eating soft foods cut into small pieces, and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time. This prevents tipping. As you get used to chewing with dentures, add other foods and eventually return to your normal diet. Be very careful with hot or hard foods and bones or shells.
4. Will dentures affect how I speak?
Pronouncing certain words may be difficult at first but will get better with practice. If your dentures click while you are talking, you should try to slow down your speaking. You may find that your dentures slip when you laugh, cough or smile. You can reposition them by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, please call Dr. Sands immediately to schedule an appointment.
If you feel you may be a candidate for full or partial dentures, and you live in the Beverly Hills area of California, please contact dentures dentist, Dr. Kevin B. Sands today to schedule your initial dentures appointment.