Adjusting to Life With Dentures

While your permanent teeth are meant to last your lifetime, injury, decay, or disease can cause tooth loss that you didn’t count on. Dentures are the time-tested solution for teeth replacement, typically more economical than the emerging technology of dental implants. 

Form, fit, and function of contemporary dentures outperform the appliances your grandparents used. While using and caring for your plates is simple, there is a period of transition as you get used to your new full or partial denture. Dr. Higgs and Dr. Browning share some points to keep in mind as you adjust to your new, removable teeth. 

New sensations

Let’s face it, you likely never gave your teeth much thought until they became problematic. Present from childhood, you were accustomed to their presence. When you replace your old teeth with partial or full dentures, it’s going to feel different. When you place a foreign object in your mouth, you’ll notice, the same way you would notice a sports mouthpiece. 

You may grow impatient during the first few weeks of wearing dentures. Ultimately, though, you’ll wear these far more than any sports mouthpiece, so the feeling of a foreign object will fade. Try eating softer foods during your transition period to minimize eating challenges as you adapt. Cutting up more challenging foods into smaller chunks can also ease your transition.  

Fine tuning

It’s normal to feel minor soreness in your gums as they adjust to the dentures.Your original teeth had roots that went down into your jawbone. Dentures, on the other hand, rely on your gums for support, so it takes time for them to adjust to the new burden. If the soreness persists or becomes painful, it’s a sign that you need a small adjustment, a regular part of the new denture process.

In full voice

Speaking may present some new challenges with your new dentures fitted. Singing helps speed the adaptation process. Sing in the car, in the shower, or wherever you’re comfortable. Singing is more fluid than talking, so you quickly learn the new mechanics of your mouth without the frustration of struggling with speech when you’re in conversation with others.

Supplement your fit

Many dentures require adhesives to provide extra security for your teeth. As you adjust to your new dentures, you may want to experiment with different adhesives and find one that’s right for you. 

Move your mouth

Your mouth has plenty of muscles that control talking, smiling, chewing, and swallowing. Take the time to exercise these muscles, which are being asked to perform in new ways with dentures. Open your mouth, slide your lower jaw from side to side, and flex the muscles in your mouth and jaw so that they’re not overly contracted for long periods as they adjust to life with dentures.

Clean up

Your daily dental care is a little more involved when you have dentures, but like your original teeth, vigilant oral care goes a long way toward a successful experience with dentures. The cleaning techniques you used for natural teeth are not the same for dentures, so be sure to follow specific instructions provided to care for your new dental appliances. 

Replacing lost teeth with full or partial dentures leads to better oral health than life without teeth. Contact Aquila Dental when you’re ready to make the transition to dentures, or if you’re having problems with an existing set. You can call the office directly or use the online appointment request tool. Schedule your consultation today for fastest service. 

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