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frequently asked questions.

Have a question for Dr. Tindal? Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day, ranging from “Is it time for my next checkup?” to “How should I replace my missing teeth?” If you have a question that we haven’t covered here, be sure to give us a call and ask! We’re always ready to talk to you and make sure you understand all of your dental options.

  • Are implant dentures more expensive?
    Yes, implant dentures in Sarasota are typically more expensive than traditional dentures, but for good reason. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on top of gums, dental implants fuse directly with the jawbone. This gives implant dentures maximum support, prevents slipping, and provides greater chewing power. Implant dentures also appear more permanent and lifelike. In addition, even though they cost more upfront, dental implants can last for decades with proper care. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, usually must be replaced every five to seven years.
  • How do I clean my dentures?
    Exactly how you care for your dentures will depend on what type of prosthesis you have. With non-implant dentures, you’ll need to remove them every night and soak them in a special solution. Gently brushing them, and making sure your gums are clean, will help you prevent sores and bad breath. Some implant-retained dentures are permanently fixed in the mouth. You can care for these in almost exactly the same way you would care for natural teeth.
  • Can you sleep with dentures in?
    Regardless of the type of dentures you're using, wearing them in your sleep is a bad idea, and will cause you a number of health issues down the line. To keep your mouth bacteria-free, your gums healthy, and your bones unaltered and strong, make sure to remove your dentures every night before going to sleep.
  • What to expect my first day with dentures?
    It's normal to develop sore spots during the first few days of wearing dentures. You may also have more saliva. Gum tissue contracts as it heals. For this reason, you may need to visit our office several times so your dentures fit comfortably.
  • How long does it take to get dentures from start to finish?
    As an estimate it often takes approximately between six weeks to three months but may take longer and will depend on whether or not you require any teeth to be extracted, the healing time and whether or not it is a full denture or partial denture.
  • Who cannot get dentures?
    The only real concern for denture candidates is their jawbone health. This is because tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate and weaken. Consequently, without a stable foundation, patients cannot get dental implants for implant-supported dentures. A weakened jawbone can also cause issues for traditional dentures. This is where we may suggest bone grafts and dental implants, a consultation is your first step to understanding what treatment options are best for you!
  • How can I get rid of denture sores?
    Salt Water Rinse. Warm salt water rinses are recommended for a number of types of mouth sores and oral health conditions, and they can also be used to treat denture sores. ... Give Your Mouth a Break. ... Good Oral Hygiene. ... Relieve the Pain. ... Consult With Your Dentist.
  • Can you help with my ill-fitting denture?
    Yes! If you have a denture that is constantly popping, clicking, or moving around in your mouth, we can help stabilize it using dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are attached directly to the jawbone using prosthetic tooth roots to deliver the most secure fit possible. We can upgrade traditional dentures to fit over implants or provide you with a completely new prosthetic.
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