Common Dentures FAQs

At Quality Dentures, we understand choosing the right professional can seem daunting. Many people are embarrassed to discuss their concerns.   Below are some of the questions we are often asked by patients considering new dentures.

If you cannot find the answers to your questions on this page, or need a bit more information, please contact one of the Quality Dentures Cheshire team for advice.

How soon can I have a denture after my teeth have been taken out?

Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called ‘immediate dentures’.

With immediate dentures you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing.

Sometimes your dentist or CDT may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures, as this can sometimes provide a better fit. Healing may take several months.

Will dentures make me look different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth which gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older.  Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture from moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you get back to your normal healthy diet. You may soon find you are able to include food which may have been difficult to eat before.

Will dentures change how I speak?

Initially, pronouncing certain words may take a little practice. It is recommended you read out loud to yourself, repeating difficult words. Within a very short amount of time you will be speaking naturally again.

My upper denture fits fine. Why am I having problems with my lower one?

The upper denture usually has much more suction to hold it in place. There is much less gum support in the lower jaw, so the lower denture may feel more wobbly.  After a little while you will learn the shape of your new denture and how to keep it in place, even when you open your mouth wide.  If it continues to be a problem, consult your CDT to make sure it does not need adjusting.

Which fixative should I use?

Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth so you shouldn’t need a denture fixative. However, over time, dentures may become loose due to bone or gum shrinkage.  When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores.  It is always better to see your CDT to see if you need your denture relined.

Do I need to do anything special to care for my dentures?

You will be given a care pack and information on how to look after your dentures. Your CDT will help you and advise you to ensure you are completely happy with the process.  If you are uncertain, please do contact us, we are only too happy to help.

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