Dentures 101

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When most people hear the word “dentures” they think of older people. However, many younger adults in the United States have one or more missing teeth or teeth that need to be replaced. While many people are great candidates for dental implants, they aren’t for everyone. Some people don’t have the healthy gums or enough jawbone to support the implants, and some medical conditions and medications may mean that a person cannot have the procedure done.

Dentures are less expensive alternative that does not require surgery. They are also easy to clean and can be removed at night.

It may take some time to get used to wearing your dentures. They may feel bulky, and your mouth may produce excess saliva, but this will stop over time. You should not feel pain pressure. If you do, your dentist will need to adjust your dentures, and you may need to have your dentures lined.

If you are having trouble eating, cut your food into small pieces to make it easier to manage, or cut it into long strips and chew it on both sides of your mouth. If you have been living with missing teeth for a while, you will probably have to learn to pronounce certain words again. Take your time speaking them, and practice saying them.

Your dentures will need to be cleaned to remove the food debris and the bacteria that has accumulated on them during the day. Gently wash them in warm water with dish or hand soap or a denture cleansing toothpaste. Do not use regular toothpaste since the abrasives can damage your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush. Place your dentures in a soaking solution overnight so that they retain their shape,

Dentures are not just for senior citizens. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk with our dentist, Dr. Barton Barré about whether dentures are right for you. To make an appointment at Barré Dental Care in Harvey, Louisiana, call 504-367-0355 today.