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Replacing missing teeth is important. You may have gotten used to finding creative ways of hiding your smile, or eating your food or even pronouncing certain words. But you don’t have to live with missing teeth. Tooth replacement certainly has cosmetic benefits, but there are other considerations as well. For example, missing teeth give plaque extra places to collect which can lead to gum disease. Your remaining teeth have room to drift, and even rotate and that can cause them to strike one another at improper angles. This can damage the enamel on your teeth.

Dentures require no surgery and can often be made in a single day. They are easy to clean, and can be removed at night for comfort. However, they will take some getting used to, especially if you have been living with missing teeth for a while. Expect a little period of adjustment, but if you feel pain or pressure, you should see your dentist and have your dentures adjusted or lined.

You may need a little practice putting your dentures in and taking them out. You may also discover that there are some words that may be a little difficult to pronounce for a while. Eating may be a challenge at first, so try cutting your food into smaller pieces until you become accustomed to eating while wearing your dentures. Your dentist will talk to you about using an adhesive to keep your dentures in place, but food particles can become trapped between you dentures and your gums or between your dentures and your upper palate.

You will need to clean your dentures once a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture bush. Regular toothpaste contains abrasives that can damage your dentures, so use dish soap or hand soap, or a toothpaste formulated to clean your dentures. Since you should not wear your dentures while you sleep, you should place them in a soaking solution overnight. This will help to keep your dentures clean and moist.

If you would like to talk to our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal about filling in the gaps in your smile with dentures, she would love to meet you! If you live in the Round Lake Beach, Illinois, area, call 847-740-8827 to schedule an appointment at DM Family Dentistry.