Dentures are a good solution for anyone missing any number of teeth, or who has teeth so badly damaged that they need to be pulled or removed for any reason. A set of dentures can replace all your teeth or just some missing teeth, and they can help you look your best while being able to eat and speak clearly. Note a few things you may need to know about dentures and then discuss these with your dentist so you understand what to expect if you've been told they're a good choice for you.

1. Note How Long Dentures Last

One set of dentures is not a permanent solution for your missing teeth. Your dentures will need to be refitted very few years as the shape of your jaw changes, but then they usually need to be replaced every decade or so. This is because they can suffer wear and damage over time, or it may be that they can no longer be refitted to your mouth and you need an entirely new set altogether. Talk to your dentist about what signs to look for so you know when you need dentures refitted or to be replaced.

2. Dentures Aren't Supposed to Hurt

There may be some minor discomfort with new dentures as the muscles of your jaw and tongue get accustomed to having them in place, but they shouldn't hurt your gums, cut into your cheeks, or otherwise cause you outright pain. If your dentures are so uncomfortable that you don't want to wear them or this discomfort doesn't ease over time, talk to your dentist. You may need to have them refitted or may have sores on your gums that need to be treated before you can put dentures back into place. You may also be having a reaction to denture paste and may need to switch brands.

3. Clean Them Properly

Dentures are not the same as real teeth, so you don't want to use standard toothpaste, a toothbrush, and so on to clean them. You are usually given a type of starter pack to go with your dentures that may include a proper brush and solutions to use for cleaning, but be sure you ask your dentist about how to clean them every day. Proper cleaning tools and products will mean avoiding damage to the dentures and also ensure they're cleaned thoroughly, which in turn protects your overall oral health.