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Dentures can be a very good, very cost-effective way of replacing missing teeth, but you will need a bit of time to get used to them, and you will need to adopt good dentures aftercare procedures in order to take care of them.

Adjusting to Dentures

No one is ever going to tell you that you will immediately be accustomed to wearing dentures. There is a bit of a learning curve. You might find that in the beginning, your mouth feels horribly full and you are producing much more saliva than usual. This is perfectly normal, so for the first 24 hours, resist the temptation to take out your dentures. Sucking on a mint can help to reduce the feeling of fullness and also ease the saliva production.

When you are getting used to eating with dentures, you might find that your teeth seem to meet more closely than they did before – this is simply because dentures correct the wear that required you to bite harder in the first place.

You might also find that talking with dentures takes a bit of time. Again, this is normal, so be patient.

Dentures Aftercare

Now, once you have your dentures and you are getting used to them, you need to know about dentures aftercare. You will care for your dentures in much the same way as you did your natural teeth – the main difference is that you will remove them. Every day, take out your dentures and brush them using a soft toothbrush or an ultrasound machine. You can also use denture tablets. Continue to brush your gums, though – even though you have no teeth, you can still develop periodontal disease.

Contact William Schlesinger, DDS for Dentures

Dr. Schlesinger and the staff at our Upper East Side, NY dentist office can tell you all about dentures and their aftercare. Call us at 212-517-5940 for a consultation.