FAQs

At what age should I take my child for their first dental appointment?
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children begin going to the dentist by age 1 or within six months of the first tooth erupting. Babies can begin teething at any age and in rare cases, some babies are born with teeth already erupted. However, most start to teeth around 3-6 months of age. Having a child come to the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups not only helps them become more comfortable with dental care but also helps to instill knowledge of proper oral health. Our goal is to not only educate the children but to answer any questions the parents may have on proper home care for their child.
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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small metal screws that are surgically placed into the jaw and are hidden under your gums. Having an implant placed not only helps to preserve your natural bone structure, but after it is done healing (usually about 4-6 months) the implant can be restored with replacement “teeth”. This gives patients the best result for replacing missing teeth and is the closest option to a natural tooth.
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How much does an implant cose?
The cost of an implant can vary based on several factors, which will be determined at your complimentary consult. Our team will give you a full estimate of cost at your visit, based on your needs. No treatment will be started prior to you being notified of any cost.

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I need dentures. Where do I start?
Call our office and set up a consultation. Our doctors will do a comprehensive exam and determine your needs. The dental team will spend time at this visit to answer any question and discuss expectations for your treatment.

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How much pain is involved with getting dentures?
When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritations, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to the denture or partial. The period of discomfort can vary from patient to patient based on your treatment. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set, you know what to expect, but they still may take some getting used to as well as possibly needing adjusted to fit comfortably. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time of the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits to your dentist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.
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What are partial dentures?
A partial denture is used to replace multiple teeth when the patient still has some of their natural teeth. The partial is retained by holding on to one of the remaining teeth, helping to restore some of the patients chewing function and aesthetics.


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What kind of dentures should I have?

Patients looking for the most comfortable and best functioning denture will be happy to know that an implant supported denture is the best option.

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What do dentures feel like?
Like most new things, dentures take some time to get accustomed to. For a couple of weeks, they may feel a bit lose until they are appropriately held in position by your cheek and tongue muscles. You may even feel some minor irritation or soreness in the beginning, but you don’t need to endure any lingering pain or discomfort. At Smiles on Hickman in Des Moines, we help relieve pain and discomfort through regular fitting adjustments

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How is Rappore different from other telehealth companies?
Call our office and we will get you scheduled with the doctor or denture tech. It is important that you don’t try to repair or adjust the denture yourself, doing this can actually cause further damage and make it so the denture is no longer able to be properly repaired. Super glue and other house hold products are toxic and should not be used to repair any cracks or broken areas. Please put your safety first and let us fix your dentures!
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Will my dentures need a replacement?
We believe that dentures require to be repaired or renewed every once in a while. This is due to the typical wear over time and changes in your gums and bones. Our specialist Dr. Theis will inform you about ways to increase the life of your dentures. However, for your health and comfort, they will likely need to be adjusted or replaced at some point.

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Can I eat normally with dentures?
Most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. The majority of patients never regain full chewing function with traditional dentures, there often is difficulty with harder foods, chewy foods, and sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier. The best option for function and comfort would be to stabilize the denture with implants on the upper and lower arch.

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How is eating different with dentures?
Initially, you may find it challenging to eat all types of food. At Smiles on Hickman, we provide solutions to make chewing easier for patients in the first few days. We recommend eating soft foods and making sure that food is sliced into small pieces. Once you become more comfortable chewing with your new dentures, you can resume your regular diet.

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Are there any foods I should avoid while wearing dentures?
Fortunately, there are very few restrictions on what you cannot eat while wearing dentures; however, it’s not advisable to bite down directly on to hard or crunchy foods like whole apples and crusty bread. It is usually the angle at which most people bite that causes the dentures to fracture. If you still have concerns, our specialists can go into detail about what foods to avoid.If you find it increasingly difficult to chew or bite with your dentures over time, schedule an evaluation with our experts at Smiles on Hickman in Des Moines. Additional problems may pop up when eating with old, worn-out dentures or if your mouth structure has changed. Both situations can be managed and solved through new dentures.



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Can I sleep in my dentures?
It is not recommended to sleep in your dentures. It is important for your gums that they get a break from the pressure and rubbing that can be caused by dentures. Prolonged used of dentures can lead to sores and a higher risk of fungal or bacterial issues in your mouth. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without preforming proper oral hygiene. Dentures should be cleaned and stored in water during the night.


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Are dental adhesives necessary?
Advancement in dental technology has made it possible to create dentures that fit and perform better than ever before. As a result, modern dentures usually don’t require adhesives.We may recommend you to use adhesives while you are adjusting to your new dentures, but later on, you won’t need to worry about adhesives. During this initial phase, you may feel your dentures slipping away when you laugh, smile, or cough. However, the more you wear your dentures, the better you will be able to regulate their movements in every situation.

If your dentures feel loose, even after getting adjusted to them, it means that they don’t fit properly. We address that problem by adjusting your dentures or replacing them if they are not suitable for your mouth anymore. If your mouth has inadequate bone structure, dentures will be more challenging to wear. Therefore, dental implants may be recommended to you. These are fixed in the bone and adequately hold the dentures in place.


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Are dental adhesives necessary?
At night your denture should be taken out and brushed with water. Do not use any toothpaste on your denture. This will create small abrasions in the denture which will trap bacteria, leading to unpleasant odors and discoloration. There are multiple options for denture cleaning tabs if you would like to soak your denture at night. These can be found at your local drug store.


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