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Many people wonder about the details and specifics of dentures. If you are one of these people, we are thrilled to help you by answering the following frequently asked denture questions:

What is the difference between complete and partial dentures?
Complete and partial dentures are quite different. Complete dentures are made to replace all of your teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted, even though you have no natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are made to fill a gap in your smile and replace your few missing teeth. The partial is placed into the gap of your smile and it is clasped to the remaining teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth. The complete denture is placed over your gums and is suctioned to the roof of your mouth.

What do dentures feel like?
Dentures may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but that is not uncommon. Once your cheek muscles and tongue become used to the appliance, the denture will feel natural and comfortable. You might also experience some soreness when you first wear the denture, but that will go away with time.

How will dentures make me feel?
Dentures might frustrate you a little bit at first, but once you practice using them, you will be a professional denture wearer in no time. The most common frustrations with dentures are the difficulties of talking and chewing. If you experience these troubles, all you need to do is eat small, soft foods at first and speak difficult words out loud as much as possible.

How often would I wear dentures?
When you first get your denture, you will need to wear it 24/7. This will help your mouth get used to the appliance and it will also help us know what adjustments to make to your denture. Once time passes and we do what we need to, you will only need to wear it during the day.

Now, we know you probably have additional denture questions that were not included in this blog. If that’s the case, we invite you to call Niles Dental today and talk to our wonderful dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond R. Niles if you think dentures are the right solution for you. All you need to do is call 703.494.4101 now!