Dentures 101

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If you have worn never had dentures before, you should expect a period of adjustment. This is particularly true if you have been living with missing teeth for some time.

At first, your dentures will feel bulky in your mouth, and it may take some time for you to learn the best way to put them in and take them out. You mouth may produce excess saliva for awhile, but that will stop over time. If you feel persistent pain or pressure, ask your dentist to adjust your dentures. In many cases, you may need to return to the dentist’s office to have your dentures lined. That will also make them feel more comfortable.

It may take a little time before you get used to eating while wearing your dentures. It will help if you cut your food into smaller pieces, or even into long strips and then chewing on both sides of your mouth. There may be certain words that you may have some difficulty pronouncing. A little practice will help solve that problem, and you may have to say some words somewhat slower for a while.

Your dentures are not your normal teeth, but they will still need to be cleaned. This is best done by gently scrubbing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush, and hand soap, dish soap or a denture cleaner. Do not use regular toothpaste as it can damage your dentures.

Your dentures need to remain moist in order to retain their shape. Since you should not sleep with your dentures in place, you will need to put them in a soaking solution overnight. Not only will that keep them moist, but the solution will help clean them.

If you break your dentures, do not try to repair them yourself. Household glues and adhesives contain chemicals that can be toxic to the human body. Your dentist can repair or replace your broken dentures.

If you are thinking about dentures as a tooth-replacement option, our dentist, Dr. Ronald Levine will be happy to help! If you would like to make an appointment at Blue Ribbon Dental in Germantown, Maryland, call 301-540-8808. We look forward to seeing you soon!