Dentures


denturesWhen all of your teeth are gone, dentures can replace your missing teeth, your smile, and your ability to eat and speak properly. An immediate dentures is placed the same day your teeth are extracted. With an immediate denture, you do not have to be without teeth during the healing process.

How Dentures are Made

Prior to the extraction of your teeth, an impression of your jaw is made, showing how your jaws relate to each other. Also, the color, shape and shade of your new teeth will be selected. Everything is sent to our professional dental lab so a custom-made denture is designed especially for you.

Getting Comfortable with a Denture

denture coupleAt first, it is important to chew soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth. While you are adjusting to your new dentures, it's best to avoid sticky, hard, and hot foods. You will eventually become accustomed to wearing your dentures and be able to once again eat the foods you want!

Adjustments

For the first several months, most denture wearers experience a break-in period. During this time, the tissues surrounding the extracted teeth begin to heal. As the gums change shape, and sometimes shrink, a loose-fitting denture can lead to mouth sores and possible infection.

Regular visits to our office provide an opportunity to replace or repair loose teeth, or make small repairs to dentures that may have become chipped or cracked. In addition, the base of your denture may need to be relined because of wear and tear from constantly rubbing against your soft palate or roof of your mouth.

Care and Cleaning

care dentureJust like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for on a daily basis. Each day, brush your dentures with a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove plaque, food particles and other debris. And even with full dentures, it is important to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your denture.

When cleaning your denture, hold it over the sink filled with water, just in case you drop it. If you do not wear your denture at night, place the denture in a soaking solution or water, which helps to keep its shape.

Adhesives

If you need additional retention, you may need to use dental adhesives.  However, if you are constantly using adhesives for an old and ill-fitting denture, these dentures may need to be relined or may need to be replaced.

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