Did you know that 90% of people with missing teeth wear dentures? Dentures are artificial teeth that are custom made for your mouth, and denture technology has come a long way in recent years.
Gone are the days of ill-fitting, uncomfortable artificial teeth and messy denture paste that doesn’t work. If you have missing teeth, it’s time to learn more about these popular dental restorations.
Lisa Giovanetti, DDS, MS and our team at Maple Leaf Dental specialize in custom dentures. From the initial denture consultation to on-site denture repair, we’re here to help our patients adjust to life with dentures. Here’s what to expect.
Getting fitted for dentures
Dentures are a surgery-free option to replace missing teeth. They could be a good option for you, whether you’re missing a few teeth or all of them.
Complete dentures are full sets that replace all your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both. If you still have a number of healthy teeth, partial dentures that replace a row of missing teeth could be right for you.
At your denture consultation, Dr. Giovanetti does an oral exam and takes impressions of your mouth. The impressions are sent to a dental lab, where your custom dentures are made.
Once your dentures come back from the lab, you come into the office, and Dr. Giovanetti fits your dentures and makes adjustments as needed. Our team works with you to make sure your dentures look like natural teeth and fit comfortably in your mouth.
Adjusting to wearing dentures
Dentures are popular, but it’s true there’s an adjustment period. Dr. Giovanetti and our team talk to you about what to expect and how you can make the adjustment.
You might experience minor gum irritation, mouth soreness, or increased saliva in the first few days. This is normal, and you should start feeling more comfortable within a few weeks.
To get used to eating with dentures, start with soft foods. Try fruit and vegetable purees, yogurt, and pudding. As you add firmer foods, cut bites into small pieces and practice chewing gently on both sides of your mouth.
You might find that speaking clearly with dentures requires some practice too. Ask a friend you trust to talk with you so you can get more comfortable with the process. You can also read out loud, and speak slowly if you notice your dentures clicking.
It’s important to recognize the difference between the natural adjustment process and abnormal discomfort. Your dentures shouldn’t be painful. If you’re worried that discomfort or excessive saliva flow isn’t improving, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Giovanetti.
Caring for your dentures
Different types of dentures have different care requirements, and our team gives you specific information about caring for the dentures you receive. In general, you rinse your dentures and your mouth after eating and drinking. You should remove your dentures and clean them at least once a day with a special denture cleanser.
Regular dental cleanings are still important, even if you don’t have any remaining natural teeth. At your dental cleanings, Dr. Giovanetti examines your gums, cheeks, and tongue. She also makes sure your dentures are in good condition, and if they’re damaged, we can do denture repairs right in the office.