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Most people are probably familiar with dentures, but there are a few different aspects about the process of getting them that you may not have thought about before. Dr. Amin will answer any questions you have during your initial consultation or at any point during the process. We’ve already addressed a few of the most common questions related to dentures in the section below, but of course you’re free to reach out if you don’t find what you’re looking for.
How Will I Know If I’m Qualified for Dentures?
You may qualify for a different type of denture depending on how severe your tooth loss is and how healthy your jaw is. Partial dentures are for people who still have most of their teeth but have lost a few as a result of oral disease, malnutrition, or an accident. Full dentures are reserved for situations where you have already lost most or all of your teeth, most likely due to severe gum disease or a similar oral health issue. If you want your dentures to be supported by dental implants, then we need to confirm that the jawbone still has enough healthy tissue to support them.
Will It Be Hard to Talk with Dentures?
There will be a period of adjustment where you have to relearn how to speak with your new teeth, but you’ll get better with practice. Many people experience a slight lisp or have a tendency to mutter their words before they fully adapt to their dentures. It helps to speak slowly at first. You might also try reading out loud and taking the time to practice words that you find that you have trouble with. Sometimes you might find that your teeth have tendency to shift when you speak; it often helps to bite down and swallow before you begin talking.
Can I Clean My Dentures with Toothpaste?
Only implant-retained dentures can be safely cleaned with toothpaste. For removable partial and full dentures, you’ll want to find a less abrasive substance that won’t damage the surface of the restoration. Instead, use hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid for your regular cleanings; you might also invest in a specialized denture cleaner. You can still use a toothbrush to clean the teeth, but make sure that it has soft bristles. You should be cleaning your dentures after every meal as well as right before bed.
How Can I Reduce the Cost of Dentures?
Since dentures are considered a medical necessity for people that wouldn’t be able to speak or chew normally otherwise, they are covered under most dental insurance plans (although it’s important to make sure by getting in touch with your provider first). If you’re eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, those will also typically help pay for dentures. And for those that don’t have any insurance at all, ask about our in-house membership plan that offers discounts on a wide variety of dental services.