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Dentures are a great restoration option for missing teeth, although it will take some time to get used to wearing them. You may experience some new areas of pressure in your mouth, or even pain. However, if the pain or the pressure continues, you should see your dentist to have them adjusted or to have a lining placed on them.

Eating and speaking may be a new experience. Until you are used to your dentures you should try cutting food into smaller pieces. It might also help cut your food into thin strips and chew each piece on both sides of your mouth. Biting food with your dentures in may cause them to shift in your mouth, so experiment with biting with your “eye teeth.”

You may find speaking to be a challenge as well, and if certain words are giving you problems, practice pronouncing them, or try speaking them slower

Your dentures are not your natural teeth, but food and biofilm can still build up on them and they still need to be cleaned. Warm water, along with dish or hand soap, or a toothpaste formulated to clean dentures can be used. You should also place them in a soaking solution when you go to bed, or if you will not be wearing them for an extended period of time, Dry dentures can lose their shape, and need to be kept moist at all times.

If they should break you should never try to repair your dentures on your own. You dentist can repair, or if necessary replace your dentures.

If you need to have one or more teeth replaced, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Alan Rembos at Alan Rembos DDS in Marco Island, Naples, Fort Myers, and Sanibel, Florida. You can reach our office at one of our 4 convenient locations. We look forward to helping you to restore your smile.