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Why Dentures?

Full or partial dentures can be a helpful restorative option for people who are missing several or even all of their teeth. Dentures are designed to be worn every day and removed at night. They are designed to sit over the gums and around any existing teeth. However, it is important to note that dentures cannot serve as a replacement for teeth; rather, they are an alternative to the absence of teeth.

Dentures are an alternative to dental bridges and dental implants. Dentures can also be placed over implants and abutments. This is called an over-denture and is an excellent combination treatment alternative with great results.

What Patients Can Expect with New Dentures

As with any dental procedure, it will take some time for patients to adjust to their new dentures. It is common for patients to feel uncomfortable or awkward while eating or speaking for several weeks after getting their newly-fitted dentures. But after some practice, they will begin to feel more natural and everyday interactions will become easier.

With new dentures, patients commonly experience:

A bulky or loose feeling in the mouth. This will subside as the muscles in the tongue and cheeks strengthen and adjust to hold the dentures in place.

Increase in saliva flow. Hypersalivation is a reaction to an outside object in the mouth but will improve with time as patients get used to wearing the dentures.

Minor irritation or soreness. As the mouth and gums adjust to accommodate the dentures, the irritation should go away completely. If you experience excessive pain or bleeding, see your dentist right away as it may be an indication the dentures do not fit correctly or other issues have developed.

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