Dentures FAQ

Do I need conventional dentures, immediate dentures or an overdenture?

Choose from conventional or immediate dentures when you require a full denture placement, meaning you have no remaining teeth or wish to remove any remaining teeth. Conventional dentures take a little longer than immediate dentures, but allow the patient to try out the denture piece before the final result. With conventional dentures, a patient’s remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissue is allowed to heal. The dentures are placed during a subsequent appointment. On the contrary, with immediate dentures, the final piece is placed immediately following tooth removal. Choose either based on your personal preference, and Dr. Miller will make a recommendation for your specific case. An overdenture, or partial denture, is used when remaining teeth can be saved and is placed over natural teeth.

What causes loose dentures?

Dentures can eventually feel too loose for a variety of reasons. If the dentures are too long or too short, they can feel awkward and wiggle loose. Loose dentures can also indicate a health concern in the gum or underlying bone. Make sure you bring up any concerns during the placement of your dentures. Be honest with Dr. Miller about the feel of your new dentures and ask for any necessary adjustments.

Will I need to use denture adhesive?

An adhesive offers only a temporary solution. Although your dentures are custom-fitted to work without adhesive, it may be a good idea to keep adhesive handy in the event they come loose and you cannot get in for an adjustment visit. Do not rely on adhesive as a daily stabilizer for dentures. If you are having problems with loose or awkward dentures, call Dr. Miller as soon as possible.

What is the proper way to care for dentures?

Dr. Miller will recommend a cleaning program for your dentures. Remember your dentures are not unbreakable and they should be treated gently. Be sure to maintain your cleaning routine, including brushing your gums, so as not to allow harmful bacteria to lodge into gums. Dr. Miller can help you remove plaque with an in-office cleaning. Stay away from especially hard or sticky foods and do not use chewing gum. Do not use abrasive materials or bleach on dentures.

Can I eat anything I want with my new dentures?

Although dentures are made to be strong and durable, you should use caution when eating hard foods. Try not to bite hard foods with your front teeth. We encourage you to cut hard foods like apples and carrots into small pieces, and chew with your back teeth. If you have any questions about your modified eating habits, please call Dr. Miller for detailed recommendations.