If you are getting dentures, you may be having some general concerns and questions that you want to speak to a dentist about. In the meantime, here are some denture considerations for you to look at.
Denture Considerations: Insurance for Dentures
A lot of times, insurance will cover dentures. Depending on the insurance that you have, and the insurance that is provided, and the type of denture that is needed, can all be discussed and reviewed ahead of time, so that no surprises occur when trying to decide on treatment options.
Denture Considerations: Seeing the Dentist with Dentures
Patients wearing dentures, it’s very important to continue to see the dentist because we do an oral exam specially looking for oral cancer or any issues that can be caused by the denture. Dentures tend to – the teeth will wear out over a certain period of time, which causes a collapse in the bite that the patient has, which can affect the jaws. The other problem as a person wears dentures for a longer time is the tissues underneath, the bone underneath the dentures, what helps support the dentures in the mouth, slowly tends to resorb and shrink so that the dentures don’t fit as well. It causes issues, again, with the jaw and the bite, and obviously your function to be able to eat and chew properly.
Denture Considerations: Sleeping in Your Dentures
It is not recommended to sleep with your dentures in for multiple reasons. Number one, it could be a choking hazard. The last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night choking on a piece of denture or partial denture. The other reason is, when they stay in overnight, your mouth has a tendency to dry out. The amount of bacteria in your mouth can accumulate and you can actually create issues that will cause pain and sensitivity on top of the gum tissues. It’s an infection called candida, or yeast infection, or candidiasis as it is more accurately termed. What you’re going to want to to do is leave them out at night, leave them soaking. Clean them so you can avoid this potentially serious and painful situation.
If you have any questions about these denture considerations, please call our office and speak to one of our experienced Buffalo dentists.