Understanding Dentures

Dentist in Buffalo Crafting the Perfect Dentures

In the following educational dental video, experienced Buffalo dentist Douglas Hamill DDS discusses dentures, and the reason you might need them.

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What should I do if I need them?

If you feel that you need dentures, the first thing is to schedule a checkup with your dentist. If all your teeth are significantly infected with periodontal disease or extensive decay, you may be a strong candidate for them. However, teeth can be saved, and we prefer to try to save teeth before we consider replacing them.

There are two basic types: those with metal frames and those without. Those made of materials other than metal can be more cosmetically pleasing, but those made of metal are often more durable. There is not much pain involved in receiving dentures. Soreness can ensue if teeth must be extracted before a patient can be fit for them. If your new set create sore spots in your mouth, your dentist will have to relieve the spot that is causing the pain.

Dentures can be inserted during the same day as the removal of the diseased teeth. This type is called immediate dentures. However, this kind must be either relined or replaced as the tissues of the mouth heal and shrink.

How do I care for them?

It is not recommended to brush dentures. Most pharmacies sell over-the-counter solutions that will clean them during an overnight soaking. It is inadvisable to sleep in dentures every night, as the teeth will need to soak in order for plaque and bacteria to be removed. Your oral tissues will also benefit from overnight exposure to air.

Whether you can eat normally depends on the fit and how much bony ridge exists in your mouth. It is difficult to chew as well as you could with your original teeth. For this reason, we always recommend trying to save the teeth, if at all possible. If your denture becomes loose and you are experiencing difficulty when you are eating or talking, it could be time for a reline.

How much do they cost?

We try to keep the cost of dentures reasonable at our office. We do offer payment plans to help pay for them. Your dental insurance will likely cover part of the cost.

Do you think you might need dentures? Contact experienced dentist in Buffalo, Douglas Hamill DDS to schedule a consultation. He has over 25 years of experience in restorative dentistry and prides himself on providing affordable dental care in a professional environment utilizing the latest in dental technology.

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