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If you’ve struggled throughout your life to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you are likely to have multiple teeth lost or compromised by tooth decay and gum disease. This can leave you with a mouth ill-suited for the task of chewing and processing the foods you eat. In an extreme case, Dr. James Stanford might recommend having your remaining teeth extracted to prepare your mouth for a set of dentures.

It might be the case that you only need to have your upper teeth or lower teeth replaced by removable dentures. Yet most people choose to have both sets of teeth replaced by dentures in a single session.

After any necessary dental extractions have been completed, Dr. James Stanford will suture your gums and create a detailed impression of your oral structure. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians create your dentures.

When the dentures are done, they will fit firmly and comfortably with the existing structure of your gums. However, many denture wearers like to use denture adhesive for an extra-secure hold. Denture adhesive also has the added benefit of preventing stray food particles from getting between the base of the dentures and your gums.

Your dentures will need some daily care to maximize their lifespan and provide a comfortable relationship with your gums. Each night, you should thoroughly rinse your dentures when you take them out. Then you should give them a gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture polish. Once they have been thoroughly cleaned, you should soak them in water and store your dentures in a safe place.

If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area and you have lost a significant number of teeth, you should call 636-256-3559 to schedule a consultation at Stanford Dental.