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It is a common assumption that the only people who wear dentures are “people of a certain age”. However anyone can lose a tooth for any number of reasons. Many people suffer accidents or trauma that can result in lost teeth, there are medical conditions that can cause tooth loss, and of course, one can lose teeth to gum disease and tooth decay.

But you do not need to live with gaps in your smile. Dentures are a cost-effective and relatively fast way to replace missing teeth. After your dentist has performed the necessary dental work to alleviate any problems, he will take an impression of your mouth or teeth, which will be used to craft your new dentures.

Once your dentures are in, you will need some time to get used to them. They will probably feel bulky and strange at first. For a while, your mouth may produce extra saliva. That is normal. However, if you experience consistent pain or pressure, see the dentist to have your dentures adjusted. Your dentist may have you come in a few weeks after you receive your dentures to have them lined, which will make them more comfortable.

Learning to eat and speak will be a challenge, especially if you have been living with missing teeth for a while. You may want to cut your food into smaller pieces until you get used to your dentures, or you might try cutting your food into long strips and chewing on both sides of your mouth. If you are having problems pronouncing some words, practice speaking them, or say them slowly for a while.

Although your dentures are not your natural teeth, they still need to be cleaned. You need to scrub them very gently in warm water with dish soap, hand soap, or a toothpaste formulated for dentures. The abrasives in regular toothpaste can damage your dentures. You should use soft-bristled toothbrush, or a denture brush to remove food debris and bacteria. Since dentures can lose their shape if they dry out, place them in a soaking solution when you go to bed.

If you are missing teeth, you should see Dr. Alex Osovsky at Dental Esthetics of Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, for an exam and consultation. To make an appointment, call 847-850-0600 today, and get started on the road to a healthy, strong smile!