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Denture 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Dentures

Dentures might be daunting at first, but they can indeed improve your life if you find the correct answers. Dentures can be a little intimidating, and that much is difficult to dispute. The process of getting dentures is completed in just a few months, but some factors can affect how soon you receive them. Dentures can be made as soon as you have healed from your extraction, although it is recommended that you wait at least six months.


A type of dental prosthesis called dentures is used to replace missing teeth. Dentures typically fill gaps in the wearer’s smile by supporting themselves on the natural structure present in the mouth cavity.

  • Most or all of the original teeth have been lost. This typically happens due to severe and extensive tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury.
  • To restore a smile or to make teeth look better. Patients with a few teeth left occasionally wear dentures to “fill in the gaps” and restore the fullness of their smiles.
  • To restore facial volume following tooth loss. The muscles in the face might sag as a result of missing teeth, giving the face a “hollowed-out” appearance that can make someone appear older. Dentures can restore the appearance of the whole face.
  • Missing teeth can make it more challenging to chew food and can interfere with the ability to produce sounds that call for teeth-tongue-lip contact. Clear speech and effortless chewing are two things that dentures can help a patient regain.

Dentures are a great way to improve your smile and confidence. They can also help with chewing and speaking. But like anything else, they require proper care to keep them clean and in good shape. Here are some tips for taking care of your dentures:

  • Rinse your dentures after each meal. It will help remove food particles and plaque.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive cleanser to brush your dentures daily.
  • Soak your dentures overnight in a cleaning solution to help remove any buildup of plaque or tartar.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. They can check for any problems with your dentures and ensure they fit properly.


How soon after having my teeth extracted can I receive dentures?

A: The best time to receive dentures is as soon as after having your teeth extracted. The longer you wait, the more likely your gums will heal in a way that makes it difficult for your dentures to fit properly.

Can I Sleep while wearing dentures?

A: Wearing dentures while you sleep is not a good idea and will lead to a lot of health problems in the future, regardless of the type of dentures you are using. Make sure to take out your dentures every night before bed to maintain your mouth free of bacteria, your gums healthy, and your bones strong.


The teeth on modern dentures are made of acrylic resin and placed onto acrylic bases that match the patient’s natural gum color. Please contact Forma Dental in Coral Gables, FL, to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff if you have any additional questions regarding when to get dentures or which type may be ideal for you. To help you make the decision best for you and your smile, we will be pleased to provide more information.