Dentures Specialist

Dr. Roland E. Vanaria and Dr. Tijana Stijacic want to help restore your smile with natural looking dentures. They’ve got extensive training and experience in preparing and fitting their patients with beautiful and comfortable new dentures. Based in Newton Massachusetts, their practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD, serves all residents of the Boston area.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental plates for the mouth that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures that depend on the patient’s needs. Complete dentures are only necessary when all the teeth are missing. Removable partial dentures, also known as partial plates, are used to fill gaps in your teeth to protect and support your natural teeth.

What will dentures look and feel like?

Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth as much as possible, so there shouldn’t be much of a noticeable difference.

Dentures will typically feel a bit foreign or loose when you first wear them. After a few weeks, the muscles in your mouth should adapt to keeping them in place, and inserting and removing them will get easier. 
Other common side effects of new dentures involve minor irritation and an increase in saliva flow. These effects will subside as well as your mouth adjusts to the appliance.

Eating will also take some adjusting to, and can be eased by cutting your food into smaller pieces and using both sides of your mouth to chew. Avoiding extremely hard or sticky foods will also appease the process.

Do I wear my dentures 24 hours a day?

You’ll only be advised to wear your dentures 24/7 during the first couple days after receiving them. While this might be uncomfortable, you can detect any areas of the denture that might need adjusting. Sore spots on your gums point out where the dentures need to be adjusted

Once the dentist corrects your denture, you should them remove them when you sleep so your gum tissues can rest and the tongue and saliva can induce the normal stimulation and cleansing process.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Practicing good dental hygiene is still important with a full set of dentures. With the dentures removed, brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth to stimulate tissue circulation and remove plaque.

It’s also important to brush your dentures daily as you would your natural teeth. The process removes food particles and plaque and helps keep the artificial teeth from staining. Using a soft-bristled brush is recommended to avoid scratching the dentures.

When you aren’t wearing your dentures, make sure to keep them in a safe container covered immersed in water to keep them from warping.