Dentures are removable dental appliances that can replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Over the course of time, our natural teeth may be lost due to decay, gum disease, or injury. Not only will dentures improve the aesthetics of your smile, but missing teeth can actually cause the facial muscles to sag and make you look older — dentures can actually restore the overall structure of your face.
New dentures can feel strange for the first several weeks, until your mouth, jaw, and gums become accustomed to the appliances. We’ll ensure that your dentures are a proper fit, and we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment soon after you begin using your dentures to make sure that they are assimilating into your mouth properly and to make any adjustments necessary.
We recommend that even our patients with full dentures practice good oral hygiene, including brushing gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth to remove plaque and promote circulation. Proper care for your mouth will also prevent bad breath.
Dentures should also be cared for properly. Here are our tips on caring for you dentures:
- Brush your dentures every day as you would your natural teeth. This will remove any food particles and prevent staining. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser.
- Before brushing your dentures, rinse them to remove any loose particles.
- When dentures are not being worn, place them in a safe place and immerse them in water to prevent warping.
- If you need to use a denture adhesive, use it exactly as directed on the package and look for a product that carries the ADA seal of acceptance.
If you feel that you may need dentures, or if your existing dentures have started fitting improperly or uncomfortably, please schedule an appointment so that we can evaluate your dentures and make any adjustments needed.