When you’re considering dentures, there’s a lot of information that you’ll need to get from your dentist or clinical dental technician to help you along your way. Here, we’ve given you a starting point with a list of questions that you should ask before getting dentures.
We have given brief answers to these common questions, however, as one individual’s experience will differ from another’s, we recommend asking your dentist or clinical dental technician, so as you can receive more personal advice specific to your case. Make sure you get the answers you need by writing down your questions before appointments.
If you do decide to get dentures, take a look at our questions to ask after dentures article to ensure that you have all the information and advice you’ll need to make your new smile a success story.
Questions to ask:
Yes, there are many different types which come in partial or complete dentures; partial being, partially supported by teeth if you have only some missing teeth; compared to complete dentures, when all teeth in the top or bottom jaw are missing. These can be supported by gum only or a combination of implants and gum for implant retained dentures.
The materials used can range from acrylic only to metal-based dentures, and even flexible dentures! Once a decision is made on the type of denture you require and the materials best suited to your case, a choice is then made on the type of teeth used, the strength of the acrylic and level of detail or ‘artistry’ you desire; which all determine both the strength and how natural and lifelike your denture will be.
Ultimately, the type of denture that is best suited to you should be decided by carefully considering both your clinical needs and aesthetic desires.
Your natural teeth can provide support for partial dentures if they are in good condition and are in a favourable position/arrangement in the jaw.
Dentures can take a short while to get used to but should soon feel great! Over the first couple of weeks minor adjustments might be needed should any sore spots arise. However, after a month or so, if you are still feeling discomfort, there is likely an issue with your denture and or any remaining teeth and please seek advice from your dentist or clinical dental technician.
Yes, however, in some cases patients can struggle with tougher or more chewy foods. We strive to rectify these issues as best we can by ensuring that dentures fit precisely, but in some cases the best treatment may be denture stabilisation via means of dental implants.
Dentures will not affect the taste of food or drinks, so enjoy!
We don’t want our patients to feel restricted in any way, but if you are concerned about a particular food, get in touch. However, as a rule of thumb, any food that are at risk of breaking natural teeth should also be avoided in denture wearers, such as chewing hard boiled sweets, pork scratchings i.e. anything that takes a great deal of chewing and is very tough in consistency.
Yes, you’ll look much better! Dentures transform your smile and facial form for the better, but if you are concerned about an overly white or unnatural smile, we can provide you with natural looking dentures in any shape, size or colour that best suits you.
No, dentures themselves will not hurt. There are sometimes procedures involved such as tooth extraction or implant placement which may cause short-term pain or discomfort, however, pain relief will be provided or advised.
Dentures can take a short while to get used to, but you should soon be back to normal, or even better! Careful placement of the front teeth should ensure that your speech returns back to normal after a short adaptation period.
You can wear your dentures for as little or as long as you wish, however, the longer that you wear them initially, the quicker you will get used to them. We would always advise taking your dentures out at night so that the tissues can breathe and have a fresh flow of saliva over them which has lots of very beneficial qualities. Regularly wearing your dentures at night can predispose to fungal infections in the mouth with an increased risk of tooth decay in patients wearing partial dentures.
Fragility of dentures depends on the material which you have chosen to have them made from, you can find full details of this in our price list. Should there be an issue, we offer a 1-hour repair service, with no appointment necessary at our Warrington clinic.
The price depends on the time taken and materials used to create your dentures, your circumstances and budget should be carefully considered when making your decision. Please see our price list for full details. If budget is an issue for you or you would like to spread your payments, we also offer 0% finance packages.
Drop in to our Warrington clinic, where appointments are not neccessary.