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Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced? If so, you aren’t alone. Many adults in the United States are dealing with the same problems, and there are options available if you want to improve your smile.

Dental implants are a great way to fill the gaps in your smile. However, they can be expensive, and surgery is required. In addition, while most people can have implants placed without any problem, some patients cannot have implants due to health conditions or medications.

Dentures are a less expensive and non-invasive way to give yourself a full smile. Although extraction may be required, surgery is not needed, and dentures can be made relatively quickly, often in your dentist’s office.

If you have never had dentures before, or if you have been living with missing teeth for a while, you will find that your dentures will require a period of adjustment. For the first few days, you may have to practice taking them in and out. They may slip or “float” until you get used to wearing them. You may need to cut your food into smaller pieces to make it easier to chew, and there may be some words that your will need to practice speaking.

Even though your dentures are not your natural teeth, they still need to be cleaned every night. Food debris and bacteria will accumulate on your dentures during the day. You should clean your dentures in warm water with dish or hand soap or a toothpaste formulated for dentures. Do not use regular toothpaste which can contain abrasives that can damage your dental work. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush. Clean your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water so they will not break if you drop them. If you do break your dentures, do not try to fix them yourself. Household glues can contain toxic ingredients. Your dentist can repair or replace your dentures.

If you are missing one or more teeth, dentures may be the solution for you. To learn more, talk to our dentist, Dr. Gloria Barredo at Gloria Barredo, DMD in Jupiter, Florida. Call 561-741-8008 today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.