Dentures can be a great solution for an imperfect smile. If you have missing teeth, you may not speak or eat as effectively as possible, and you are putting the health of your mouth at risk. Missing teeth allow for your remaining teeth to drift out of alignment, and give plaque and acids extra places to accumulate. Of course, gaps in your smile can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. You may have become used to living with missing teeth, or you may be in the process of having teeth extracted and replaced. In either case, you will find that you will need some to time to adjust to life with dentures.
At first, they may feel odd in your mouth, but if you experience pain or pressure, your dentures will need to be adjusted by your dentist. You mouth may create excess saliva for a while, but that will stop over time. It may take time for you to learn how to put your dentures in and take them out, but that will come with practice and experience. You may have some difficulty pronouncing some words at first. You can practice saying those words, or you may have to speak those words a little slower than normal. Cutting your food into smaller pieces may make it easier to chew when you have your dentures in.
You will have to clean your dentures each night. To safely clean them use a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush, and dish or hand soap, or a toothpaste made for dentures. The abrasives in regular toothpaste can damage your dentures.
If you are considering replacing some or all of the teeth in your smile, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Frantz Backer to see if dentures are right for you. If you live in the Jackson Heights, New York, area, you can call 718-313-9987 to make an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of New York. We look forward to helping you improve your smile!