Losing teeth in an accident, due to a disease, or because of old age is an unhappy experience, but we’re here to make it better. We prescribe dentures to save patient’s smiles and give a boost of confidence again. Patients are often confused about getting new dentures made and once they decide on getting their very own pair, they have no clue about what to expect. These prosthetic devices are designed to make everyday life easier for the people wearing them, but it’s a Plan B for your teeth. Yes, you’ll be able to eat and speak now but you should expect a few more things from your new dentures.
Dentures Time to Get Used to
Once you’ve successfully fitted your new dentures in your mouth and are all set to go, they might take some time to adapt to, but they will feel normal soon.
Remember is not to compare yourself to other people who use dentures. Each denture is different, and each person experiences them differently. It’s good that your friend “didn’t feel a thing” but don’t beat yourself up for feeling pain or discomfort. If your new dentures aren’t fitting right, contact your dentist. Even two dentures for the same person can be different. It also stands true that some people adapt faster than others. Take your time. You might use your dentures like a pro or you might struggle a bit. Practice makes progress!
Ugh, Mouth Sores
Dentures can cause mouth sores within 48 hours of fitting them. Should you be worried? Not really. Sore spots are quite common when it comes to dentures. All you have to do is ask your dentist to find the cause and fix it. Remember that dentures are adjustable. While it would be a piece of cake for a professional to readjust them, it won’t be a good idea to try DIY with dentures. A failed attempt at adjusting dentures could result in mouth injuries and/or a set of broken dentures.
I Feel Like a Baby!
Speaking and chewing food while wearing new dentures require some practice. You may face difficulty in forming certain sounds and words. Let them settle in your mouth and allow your tongue to learn which position produces which sound. Speech practice helps– Try reading newspapers or books aloud.
You’ll learn to eat just like a baby. Try with soft food, smaller bites, and slower chewing. Bite using the premolars and molars. Do not use your front teeth for biting.
There’s an Ocean in My Mouth!
When you start wearing your new dentures, you might feel yourself salivating without any food around. You’ll have more than the usual amount of saliva in your mouth. Don’t be worried, though– it will all go away within a few weeks.
One More Thing!
Remember to ensure mouth and denture hygiene and don’t expect the efficiency of natural teeth from your dentures. They are designed to perform just 25% as well as normal teeth. If you’ve got any questions about dentures, be sure to contact your local Greenbrier dentist and they’ll be glad to help you learn more about your options.
Call our Vilonia, AR, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.