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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Quick Answers for Your Denture Questions

There is a lot to know when it comes to dentures, so we completely understand if you have questions. Dr. Patel and our staff always take the time to share whatever knowledge our patients need so they can stay fully informed and feel confident about their care. Be sure to give us a call if we haven’t already answered your question below!

What are the benefits of dentures?

The benefits of dentures include the ability to smile again and never having to worry about a toothache.

How long does it take to get a denture?

The timeline for getting a denture can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on a few factors, such as how many teeth are being replaced, the type of denture being used, and the oral health of the patient. Denture fabrication usually takes a few days, but to get a more definitive answer, the best thing to do is schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Patel.

Will I need a tooth extraction before getting a denture?

Many patients require some or all teeth to be removed before they can get a denture, but not all! Dr. Patel will let you know after he has a chance to examine your mouth. If you do need some extractions, he can perform them painlessly with the help of IV sedation.

If I need to get teeth pulled, can I get dentures the same day?

Many patients can get immediate dentures placed after extractions, but not all.  A lot depends on your bite. With years of experience, I can tell you quickly upon examination.

How much will my denture cost?

The final cost of a denture is always different from patient to patient and can be affected by outside factors such as insurance coverage and financing. Rather than giving you a number here that has nothing to do with your situation, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Patel for a consultation, wherein he’ll give you an exam as well as an exact cost estimate.

How long does it take to get a partial denture made?

An acrylic partial can be done in 1 day in my lab; cast metal partials and flexible partials can take up to 4 weeks to fabricate.

What is the difference between a partial denture and a bridge?

A partial denture is removable and a bridge is fixed and doesn’t move.

What can you eat and not eat with dentures? Can you chew gum with dentures?

Depending upon your unique situation, you may be able to eat solid food immediately after getting dentures. Ice, hard candy, and peanuts should not be eaten with dentures. Gum should not be chewed with dentures because it tends to stick to the plastic.

Should I sleep with my denture? How do I store my dentures overnight?

We typically recommend removing your denture at night to give your gums and bone time to rest after being exposed to the rigors of daily chewing. You can simply store the denture in some room temperature water when they are not worn because they are made of plastic.

When going to bed, you want to properly clean your dentures with soap water and a brush before placing them in a clean container with the room temperature water. You can drop 1 Polident tablet in the container.

How often should I clean my denture? Can I use regular toothpaste? Can you soak dentures in mouthwash?

Every day just like regular teeth! You should take them out to make brushing easier, and only use a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner, never regular toothpaste. Normal toothpaste can be abrasive, which can accidentally damage a denture. It’s also wise to rinse your denture after eating to wash away any food debris. Soaking dentures in mouthwash is not a good idea because it can stain the denture.

How do you get stains out of dentures? How do you whiten dentures?

Dentures can stain easily depending on what you eat and drink. The use of soapy water and a brush is recommended after every meal or drink. Dentures cannot be whitened because they are made of plastic.

Do I still need to go to the dentist after I have dentures?

You should have a checkup with the dentist at least once a year if you are wearing dentures or sooner if any problems arise.

What is involved in relining dentures? How often should you get your dentures relined?

An impression has to be taken in the denture by the dentist and then given to the lab. At The Denture Center, we have an onsite lab that allows us to reline a denture the same day. Relines should be done once a year or whenever a denture is so loose that adhesives no longer work.

Can I use my dental insurance to help pay for my denture?

In most cases, yes, many dental insurance plans offer at least partial coverage for denture care. We can go over your benefits with you to give you a rough estimate of how much you’ll be expected to pay out of pocket, so give us a call today with your policy information handy.

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Full Set of Dentures $525
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