🔑 Key Questions from New Denture Patients

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🔑 Where do I start if I think I need dentures?

The best starting point for determining whether or not you need dentures is to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our wonderful doctors in Indianapolis, Lebanon, or Kokomo.  If dentures are not a good option for you, we work with many talented general dentists in those areas and are happy to set you up with a great restorative doctor!

🔑 How much do dentures cost?

Denture fees can vary widely based on many factors including the complexity of your surgery, the time required to fit and fabricate the dentures, as well as the materials used during the process.   We offer a variety of payment options and can work with any budget.   All McCall dentures are hand crafted in our laboratory; the price difference is based on longevity, esthetics, and warranty.

🔑 What kind of dentures do you make?

Our dentures can replace some or all of your missing teeth.   The dentures that replace all of the teeth are referred to as ‘complete dentures‘ and they rest on your gums, which cover the jawbone.   Attaching these dentures to dental implants can improve the stability and make a major impact on the retention of the denture.   Dentures that replace a few teeth, but not all of the teeth, are known as ‘partial dentures‘.  Partial dentures attach to teeth that are still healthy and can also be used with dental implants.

🔑 Can I sleep in my dentures?

Yes!  Many of our patients wear their dentures at night but we typically recommend that you take them out when you sleep in order to give your gums a chance to rest.   If you sleep in your dentures, we recommend taking them out at least once a day so that you can perform proper oral hygiene (brushing of the gums and tongue) and cleanse the dentures.   If you don’t sleep in your dentures, we recommend that you place them in a commercial cleaner or water during the evening.

🔑 Will it be painful?

It’s normal to experience minor irritation when you’re getting fitted for dentures.   That irritation should disappear as your mouth becomes accustomed to them.   We like to use the analogy of a boot – if you were to break in new boots it would take a few weeks or even months to build up calluses.   Dentures are no different.   Similarly, if you’ve had teeth removed prior to placement of your dentures the discomfort may last for several weeks and sometimes even months.   The MAJOR KEY to success is to be patient with the process and try not to get discouraged.  Rely on the fact that we will be there very step of the way to guide you through a seamless denture experience.  We do it all day, every day. It is our passion and mission!

Regular adjustments to the dentures during the healing process are recommended.   We’ll make them fit and guarantee you’ll be able to chew comfortably without sore spots.   You’ll love them.   If not, we’ll fix it.

🔑 Can I eat normally?

You will need to learn how to eat all over again with new dentures, and it takes a little time to get used to them.   After a while, however, you should be able to eat the foods you love in the comfort you deserve.   Difficult rigid or sticky foods will always be difficult so many of our patients use denture adhesive to help with the process.   We recommend that you only use a small amount of denture adhesive (the size of a pea) in three spots the denture.   This will help hold them in place, make your eating experience more comfortable, and the learning process easier.   The only item we recommend avoiding is chewing gum.   It can stick to your new dentures and eventually harden or discolor the dentures.

🔑 How do I care for my new dentures?

Since dentures are made from acrylic, it is unfortunately not possible to whiten dentures like natural teeth.   To keep the amount of staining to a minimum, we recommend that you clean the dentures with a soft tooth brush or denture brush daily to remove food, plaque, and bacteria.   Moisten the brush and apply a non abrasive dish soap (dial is the best) or a denture paste sold over the counter.   Do not use bleach with the dentures as this will discolor the dentures and can effect the lifetime of the prosthesis.

Do not brush your dentures with a normal tooth paste.   Tooth pastes are designed to be used only on natural teeth and contain chemicals and materials that can harm the dentures.   Even if they are made with the strongest McCall Denture’s acrylic! 

Please join me later in the week to discuss the other common questions and concerns we hear in our offices, every day, from new denture patients.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our caring doctors to discuss your options for dentures or dental implants, please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch within a day!

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