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Common Questions About Dentures

Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano of Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, provide dentures for patients who are missing teeth. Are you thinking about getting dentures? Read the most common questions about dentures!

Who Should Get Dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dentures or partial dentures.

How long does it take?

Getting dentures initially takes a series of 4-5 appointments over the course of a few weeks. This includes appointments to make impressions, fit the dentures, and make any necessary adjustments.

What will dentures feel like?

Even dentures that fit perfectly will feel unnatural in the mouth at first. New dentures may feel strange or bulky in the mouth and your saliva production will increase, but your mouth will get used to them. A way to navigate this change is to start by eating soft foods and cutting up food into smaller pieces before trying to chew with your dentures.

Do I need to use adhesive?

Adhesive can be used for extra retention, especially for lower dentures. However, the adhesive is not meant to be used to make loose dentures fit. If you have any concerns about the fit of your dentures, consult us at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT.

How do I care for my dentures?

Dentures need to be cared for just like teeth. They should be brushed every day with a soft denture brush, and soaked in a denture cleanser.

How long do dentures last? Will they need to be replaced?

Dentures have a typical life span of 5 to 7 years with proper care. Because your mouth will change over time, your dentures will need adjustments to fit properly.

Do I still need to see a dentist if I have no natural teeth?

It is still important to visit your dentist regularly! Even if you have no natural teeth left, your dentist will examine your dentures and the tissues in your mouth. It is recommended to have a denture check-up at least once a year.

Contact Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano in North Haven, CT, if you are interested in getting dentures. Call Gargano Family Dentistry at 203-239-2356!

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