Dentures are a cost-effective option for replacing teeth and restoring a long-lost smile, according to OKC dentist Dr. Damon R. Johnson, DDS. Whether full or partial, dentures are an option for adults of all ages and can last for many years with proper care.

The “break in period” for new dentures may last anywhere from one to four weeks, says the OKC dentist. During this time, the muscles of the mouth and tongue may feel sore and irritated and saliva production may increase. As the mouth becomes accustomed to the new appliance, the discomfort should subside. Dr. Johnson explains dentures may need to be tweaked in the first few weeks to reduce discomfort and ensure a proper fit.

The OKC dentist says dentures require daily care and good dental hygiene just like natural teeth. Wearers should brush daily, morning and night, to remove excess food particles and help reduce staining. According to Dr. Johnson, dentures must also be rinsed to ensure all debris is washed away. A soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner will keep dentures from being damaged or scratched. Dr. Johnson reminds his OKC dentist office patients that getting dentures doesn’t mean the end of oral care. The gums, tongue, and cheeks still require attention in the form of a gentle brushing and 30-second swish of an antibacterial mouthwash to keep germs (and bad breath) at bay.

Some denture wearers find that using a dental adhesive helps keep their dentures feeling secure, reports the OKC dentist. These adhesives should be removed thoroughly with an ADA-approved cleanser. Dentures are best stored in a clean container overnight or while not in use. Dentures may require periodic adjustments, says Dr. Johnson, and should be examined at least twice a year.

For more information about dentures or to schedule a follow up care appointment, call Damon R. Johnson, DDS Dental Excellence today.