Does Getting Dentures Hurt?

Dentures have the ability to really improve the quality of life for those who get them. They restore the ability to chew, to talk easily, and to smile.  But a lot of people wondering “does it hurt to get dentures?” are putting off getting them despite the extensive benefits that arise from properly fitted dentures. To help people like that we decided to write this article to answer the question, does getting denutures hurt?

Does getting dentures hurt? – it depends

We’d love to be able to tell you that getting dentures is 100% pain free, but the truth is that there is often a level of discomfort associated with getting dentures. But the good news is that this level of discomfort is manageable. After all, the history of dentures dates back to the seventh century BC, so people have been getting dentures for thousands of years. Also, there are different kinds of dentures, and the answer to the question does it hurt to get dentures depends on the type of dentures. Let’s go over some different kinds of dentures and what you can expect in the way of discomfort when getting them.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are for people who only have some missing teeth. Most of the time there is no need for the dental prosthetist to extract any additional teeth when fitting someone for partial dentures. This means that partial dentures are the most pain-free of the denture types. But there may be some discomfort when you first start wearing you new dentures. This is perfectly normal and this discomfort will probably go away as you get used to wearing dentures.

Full dentures

A set of full dentures consist of a prosthetic replacement of all the teeth in one’s mouth. In order to wear a full set of dentures, all of the patient’s remaining teeth will need to be extracted. This may sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Before the extraction takes place, the patient’s mouth will be injected with some medicine to numb all feeling in the gums. After the extraction the patient will feel some soreness in the gums. But this soreness won’t last long because the soft tissue in the mouth is the fastest healing part of the body. In only a few days the patient should start to feel a lot better. Just like partial dentures, a patient will need some time to get used to their new dentures. During that time there may be some additional discomfort, but it should go away.

Implant retained dentures

Implant retained dentures are the newest kind of dentures. They are a removable set of full or partial dentures that are held in place by implanted anchors in the mouth. For full implant dentures, it requires that all of the patient’s remaining teeth be extracted. After the extraction and after the gums have had time to heal, the dental prosthetist will perform one or more surgeries to install the anchor implants. This surgery consists of a small incision being made to expose the bone for each anchor. After that, the implant in installed and the incision is closed with sutures. Getting implant retained dentures can be the most uncomfortable of all the denture types, but getting implant retained dentures is not a rare procedure. Thousands of people have been fitted with implant dentures and are now enjoying the benefits that comes from the added stability implant retained dentures provide. It is important to work with a skilled and experienced dental prosthetist who knows how to make the experience as comfortable and pain free as possible.

Skill and experience to minimise discomfort

Does getting dentures hurt? It doesn’t have to. Like we said before, the most important point for making sure you experience getting dentures with minimal discomfort is to work with a quality dental prosthetist. At Denture Health Care, we have a team of dental prosthetists who can work with you to determine what kind of dentures are best for you and how to make the procedure of getting them as comfortable as possible. Check out our locations page to find your nearest Denture Health Care denture clinic. You can also call us on 1300 304 092 or get in touch online to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions about how our denture services can help you.

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