Dentures can do a great deal to improve the quality of life of our patients. And while dentures have been helping patients for quite some time now, there is still a lot of misinformation floating around about these devices. That’s why we’ve decided to dispel these five common myths so you can be as informed as possible when deciding to get dentures!
Myth #1: Dentures last a lifetime.
As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which means that you will need to have new dentures made to ensure they fit correctly. You can also expect your dentures to endure normal wear and tear over the years. Therefore, you will likely need to replace your dentures every 5-8 years.
Myth #2: It is hard to eat with dentures.
While you may need some time to get used to eating with dentures, particularly with hard or sticky foods, this adjustment period is only temporary. Over time, you’ll find that you will be able to eat fairly normally. To make eating even easier, be sure to us a small amount of denture adhesive on your device. This will stabilize your dentures as you use them.
Myth #3: Your dentures should be comfortable right away.
Unfortunately, dentures are not typically comfortable right off the bat. It will take a few weeks for you to adjust and feel comfortable with your new set of teeth. They could potentially feel a bit loose at first, and you can expect that your gums and tongue will need to adjust to the new device. Minor soreness, excess saliva, and slight irritation also commonly occur while you grow accustomed to your dentures. That said, if this process takes longer than a few weeks, be certain to contact your dentist at Valley Dental Care of Plainfield, as this could mean your dentures may need some adjustments to ensure they fit correctly. Your dentist may also be able to recommend adhesives and cleansers that could help if necessary.
Myth #4: Dentures cannot get plaque build-up.
You may be surprised to learn that dentures endure plaque build-up, stains, and odor just like your natural teeth. This is why it is so important to clean your dentures regularly. Be certain to rinse your dentures after every meal in a denture-soaking solution. You should also brush your device using a denture toothbrush, but do not use toothpaste as this can damage your dentures. Simply rinse your device with warm water, then brush them using a denture toothbrush to remove plaque and food particles as well as any remaining denture adhesive. When your dentures are sufficiently clean, you can then clean your tongue, palate, cheeks, and natural teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze.
Myth #5: Once you have dentures, you don’t need routine visits to the dentist.
In order to keep your dentures in good condition and fitting properly, it is important that you visit your dentist every six months. Your dentist will monitor your bite, and have your device relined or repaired as needed. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can make sure your dentures look and feel great!
Are you ready to get your dentures and improve your quality of life? Contact Valley Dental Care of Plainfield today to set up your appointment!