St. Paul, MN Dentures Dentist Answers Questions about Dentures

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Aug 14, 2012

How long do dentures usually last?

Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably and perfectly. Immediately after placement, your dentures will have a snug fit. With the passing of time, however, the contours of your jaw line and gums can change, causing some denture wearers discomfort. Over time these changes can cause your dentures to become uncomfortable, sometimes even causing blisters or sores in your mouth.

Regular visits to St. Paul, MN Dentures Dentist are the best way to prevent this movement from causing you severe discomfort. We will evaluate your dentures at each visit so that we can monitor these subtle changes as they occur. Routine wear and tear along with the natural changes that occur in your mouth as you age will require that most dentures are adjusted or even need to be partially remade every several years.

What are ‘Immediate’ Dentures?

Your dentist will place Immediate dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures are custom-fit to your mouth; however, as the healing process moves forward, the contour of your gums will change. In order to properly fit the changing contours through the healing process, Immediate dentures must be adjusted after healing is complete in order to properly fit the new contours of your mouth.

Do modern dentures require adhesive?

A denture that is properly fitted may not need denture adhesive to keep them in place. But many denture-wearers learn that the added security of using an adhesive will provide additional confidence that your dentures will stay in place. Highland Park, St. Paul Dentures Dentistry will be happy to recommend an effective adhesive.

Does it take long to get used to dentures?

Of course, your dentures will feel different from your natural teeth. Even the most comfortable dentures require a period of adjustment as you get used to the new sensations. We usually advise new denture-wearers to eat soft or liquid foods as they become accustomed to chewing. There is also a period of adjustment as you get used to speaking with your new dentures, but within a few weeks the dentures will feel like a natural part of your mouth.