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6 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

How long until I get used to my dentures??

You might be surprised to learn that it doesn’t take that long to get used to your dentures. In fact, many people will adjust to their dentures in little more than a week. The most noticeable change you will experience in the beginning is a slight alteration to your speech. 

 What are partial dentures?

Unlike the full-set of replacement teeth that many patients think of when they picture dentures. Partial dentures are designed for patients who only need to replace missing teeth in a few places. In order to install partial dentures, your dentist will create an arch that includes the replacement teeth you’ll need. These are then attached to clasps, with your natural teeth as support.

How long will my dentures last?

Dentures are made to last at least 5-7 years. After about 7 years, the American Dental Association recommends that a patient should have their dentures replaced. This is due to the way the acrylic material will wear down over time. On top of this, the inside of your mouth will likely change over time and as you age. This can lead to dentures with a fit that changes slightly over time. Go too long wearing the same dentures and you might notice that they don’t fit as well.

How long can dentures influence my speech? 

Your speech is impacted in many ways by your teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. Naturally, a denture will have a slight impact on all of these things at first. However, when your dentures are properly fitted all of these aspects of your mouth will work as nature intended. If your dentures are reaching 6 or 7 years old however, there is a chance that their fit will have suffered over time and your voice could be affected  until they are properly fitted.

Do Dentures Make it Hard to Eat? 

When you get dentures, it’s typically because one, some, or all of your teeth need replacing. This means that you’re already having a hard time chewing. With that in mind, dentures don’t make chewing harder — they make it much easier. With practice, you can eat almost as if you had a full set of natural teeth. Say goodbye to avoiding some of the foods you love because your teeth couldn’t handle them.

How Noticeable are dentures?

Dentures are designed in order to not be noticed. Your dentures will help improve your appearance by giving your lips the support that will improve your facial appearance and your confidence. In fact, they improve your natural appearance so much that one of the primary signs you need new dentures is noticeable sagging of the muscles in your face, a protruding lower jaw, or extensive wrinkling around your mouth . 

Have questions about dentures? In Garden Grove, we are a local authority on dentures and have all the answers you need. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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