Dentures can be a fantastic way to replace missing teeth and fill in gaps in your smile. According to the New York Post, spaces between teeth are one of the top dental insecurities in U.S. adults. Before booking an appointment, it would be helpful to take some time and learn more about what it’s like to wear dentures, and become more comfortable with your decision to get your confidence back!
You May Have Some Discomfort
It takes time to get used to dentures. Once teeth are extracted, the remaining bone will heal but continue to shrink over time causing the denture to be uncomfortable, move around, and cause sore spots on the tissue. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable, remember that they’re temporary. We try our best to make the dentures as comfortable and wearable as possible through adjustments and soft liners. It is important to remember that dentures do not feel or act like your natural teeth so there is an adjustment period when getting used to dentures.
Start with Soft Foods
You may find it difficult to chew with dentures at first. To make things easier for yourself, try eating soft foods that are easy to chew. As you become more comfortable with your dentures, you can branch out and enjoy more hard foods. Do your best to avoid foods that could cause damage to your dentures, like popcorn and sticky candy.
Dentures Can Change the Way You Talk
Have you ever tried to talk with something in your mouth? After you get dentures, you may find it harder to speak the way you normally do. In time, your tongue will get used to your dentures, and you’ll be able to talk without any issues. Sometimes we will suggest practicing talking in front of a mirror.
You May Need to Increase Your Water Intake
A dry mouth never feels great, but it can be especially uncomfortable for people that wear dentures. When your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, there may not be enough suction to keep your dentures in place. Sipping on water throughout the day can keep your mouth from becoming overly dry.
Regular Cleaning Is Essential
You must brush your teeth every morning and night to keep them clean. Frequent cleanings are also required for dentures. Standard toothbrushes and toothpaste can damage dentures, so you’ll need to use gentle products to keep them clean. Soaking dentures in water each night can help them maintain their shape and allow your tissue to breathe without it being covered. Imagine never taking a bandaid off. It is beneficial to remove the bandaid and expose the tissue to oxygen before replacing it with a new bandaid.
Your dentures may feel strange to you initially, but with regular use, they’ll start to feel more natural especially with the help of implants to support the denture from moving. Having dentures may also give you a boost of self-confidence, and in time, you’ll find yourself smiling more regularly. Reach out to us today to talk about all of your denture options!