When you have several missing teeth or when you need to have all of your teeth replaced, dentures provide a convenient way to do so. You can have partial or full dentures, depending on how many teeth are missing. Our dental team in Woodbridge, VA, offers partial and full dentures for men and women with several missing teeth.

Dentures Q &A

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Do I need partial or full dentures?

It depends on how many teeth you’re missing. If you have several missing teeth in one area, you can replace them with partial dentures. If you have all or most of your teeth missing, then they’ll have to be replaced with full dentures. Your dentist at Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates will let you know which type of dentures best suits you.

Will dentures make me look different?

Dentures can have an impact on your appearance, but it’s typically a positive one. When you have missing teeth, your face can end up taking on a sunken appearance that makes you look older. When you wear dentures, though, they fill out your face and make you look more youthful.

Can I eat while wearing dentures?

Yes, you can leave your dentures in when you eat. Just keep in mind that this can take some getting used to. It’s also important to avoid eating certain kinds of foods with your dentures, such as sticky foods or foods that are hard to chew. Doing either could damage your dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

Your dentures need regular care to help ensure they don’t have food particles or bacteria on them. When they do, that increases your risk of decay and gum disease. You can clean them off using a denture brush and a cleaner made for dentures. Don’t use anything abrasive on your dentures, though, or you could damage them.

Should I take my dentures out at bedtime?

You might not have to take your dentures out at night, but that depends on certain factors. Dr. Dost or Dr. Kara will let you know if you should remove your dentures at night or if it’s safe for them to remain in place while you sleep (although keeping in them in place might be uncomfortable if they press into your gums).

How long does it take to adjust to wearing dentures?

This differs for everyone. In general, you should expect it to take some time for you to become accustomed to having dentures in. If you experience ongoing discomfort, you might need to come in to have your dentures realigned or adjusted as needed.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates to schedule an appointment.

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