There are many different ways to lose a tooth or teeth. From trauma, gum disease, poor oral care, genetics, or other factors. One affordable option to replace missing teeth is dentures.
It is estimated that there are over 35 million Americans with dentures. We will talk about what to expect with dentures and how they can be more comfortable than dentures of the past.
How Do Dentures Feel In The Beginning?
After getting your dentures, you will probably notice how different they feel at first. This is completely normal and can include some gum tenderness and excess saliva in your mouth. This is your mouth getting used to a foreign object that it’s not used to.
Typically you will need to schedule an additional appointment in a few weeks following your initial placement. Your dentist will make the appropriate adjustments to help it fit better in your mouth and relieve any kind of pressure you might feel.
Remember, that it can sometimes take a while to feel comfortable and become used to having the dentures in your mouth.
How Long Does It Take To Become Used To Your New Dentures?
Most patients adjust to having dentures within a few weeks, but there are a few things to consider as far as your comfort level. For example, having had dental surgery to extract teeth, or gum disease treatment your gums are going to be more prone to irritation.
Every patient’s case is going to be unique, and it’s especially important to follow your Boston prosthodontist’s recommendations. It is the best way to help you adjust to your new dentures to become more comfortable in your mouth.
How To Make The Transition To Dentures Easier
Here are a few recommendations from Dental Partners of Boston‘s Prosthodontists:
- Start by eating soft foods and slowly work towards smaller pieces of solid food. Try the best that you can to chew even amounts on both sides of your mouth to get used to it.
- For the first few weeks be extra careful with hot foods or any foods with a sharp edge.
- Reading or even singing a song out loud can help you feel more comfortable speaking. If your dentures start to make a clicking sound then speak or sing more slowly. Visit your dentist at Dental Partners of Boston to help with adjustments.
- Keep your denture and gum tissue clean with good oral hygiene habits at home.
- Schedule follow-up appointments for any adjustments needed.