If you’ve lost all of your teeth due to an injury, gum disease, or decay, dentures can help restore your smile while making daily tasks easier. The removable devices make eating and talking more comfortable than they tend to be without teeth. Dentures can also improve your facial structure because without teeth the face can take on a sagging, hollowed look. Dentures may also improve your self-confidence.
There are numerous types of dentures, including:
Partial dentures work like regular, full dentures, but they only replace some of your teeth. Partial dentures often have a clasp that attaches to some of your surrounding teeth, and look like a metal retainer with some teeth attached.
Dentures may feel a bit awkward at first. They may feel loose while your tongue and cheek muscles attempt to keep them in place, and you may experience mild tenderness or irritation. You may also notice more saliva production. Within a few weeks, however, you and your mouth will likely adjust. If challenges continue or worsen, check in with your dentist.
To eat more effectively when you start wearing your dentures, consider these steps:
Dentures require similar oral hygiene practices as natural teeth. Brush them daily to get rid of plaque and lingering food bits, and to prevent staining. You also want to rinse your dentures before brushing them, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush other mouth areas as well, including your inner cheeks, gums, and the roof of your mouth to guard against infection and bad breath.
When you’re not wearing dentures, store them in a safe place, covered in water to prevent warping. If you use an adhesive, choose one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging for ensured safety and effectiveness.
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