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Missing teeth can cause a variety of problems. Spaces in your smile provide areas for bacteria to breed. Those spaces can also give your remaining teeth room to drift out of alignment. Without all of your teeth, it is difficult to eat, and to speak. There are also cosmetic considerations. You may feel self-conscious about your appearance, and missing teeth can make you look older than you actually are.

If you are suffering from one or more missing teeth, you may want to consider dentures. Complete dentures replace an entire row of missing teeth, whereas partial dentures fill in the gaps left by one or more teeth. Dentures are easily removed at night and for cleaning, making them a viable restoration option for many people.

Dentures are held in place by a denture adhesive, clasps or precision attachments. When you get a new set of dentures, it may take some time for you to get used to them. You should follow your dentist’s instructions when you are first fitted with your new dentures. If you find that your dentures are still uncomfortable after the initial period, you should contact your dentist. You will need to come in after your initial fitting to adjust your dentures, and to have them lined

Remember that your dentures need to be kept moist, so when you take them out at night, you should place them in a soaking solution. When you are handling them for cleaning or taking them out and putting them in, you should do so over a towel or a sink full of water, since they can break if they are dropped.

Although your dentures are not your normal teeth, they still need to be brushed. You should use a brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging them. You can use a special denture cleaner if you wish, or a non-abrasive toothpaste will also work. Some people choose soap or dishwashing liquid. It is your choice, as long as your cleaner does not damage your appliance.

Age, wear and tear, and the changing shape of your mouth will eventually take their toll on your dentures. If they should break, you should contact your dentist about repairing or replacing them. You should never try to repair your dentures on your own.

If you have missing teeth and are considering dentures, or if you are looking for a dentist in the Tulare, California, area, contact James C. Ma at 559-688-4111. We would love to make an appointment for you to see our dentist, Dr. James C. Ma.