New dentures take some getting used to
Talking and eating are a different experience
Regular care is important
It’s time for dentures. People may arrive at that decision after some research and weighing whether they should get dental implants instead. It might be the cost that makes the decision final. Still, they are getting something that will fill the empty spaces in between missing teeth. What will this experience entail?
Here’s a bit of a primer for new denture wearers about what they can expect to deal with once they have their purchase in their mouths.
What does it feel like?
When one gets dentures for the first time, it will be a brand-new feeling. It’s not like having natural teeth. Some say that it feels like having teeth that are too large that also push their lips forward initially.
This initial feeling will go away after a few days but one can stagger that by wearing them a little longer each day until they become second nature. It’s all a matter of getting acclimated. The upper denture will also feel more solidly in place than a lower denture, but that’s also something that one can learn to ignore.
What is talking like?
Verbal communication is one of the most important ways that people can get their points across to people. Missing teeth can make that quite hard, but the addition of the dentures to fill in those gaps in the mouth can boost confidence. There are some words and sounds that might be a bit tricky due to how the dentures move in the mouth but after some practice, people find themselves talking as close to normal as they did in the past.
What is eating like?
This can be quite an adventure for those who are used to eating with natural teeth. Now, there are new rules to follow, since there are foods that can damage the dentures, which are not as strong as natural teeth. People should not be surprised if the learning curve is steep at first – they can expect to spend six weeks to even up to six months learning how to eat with their dentures.
The first step is to initially try to eat food that is very easy to chew. That way they can figure out what sides of the mouth work best.
What are some pitfalls to avoid?
Besides the one of trying to gut through painful dentures, other things that commonly happen are
- Not handling the dentures properly. These are fragile items that can look a lot sturdier than they actually are. Dropping them almost always leads to repairs.
- Infrequently brushing them. The dentures must be brushed at least once a day. That way, no food particles can get stuck and make them unsanitary.
- Avoiding soaking them every night. This is another must for denture-wearers. By putting them in a special solution, the dentures will be sterile in the morning. Not doing this opens the door for bacterial infection.
Dentures can be very easy for people to maintain and wear once the wearer gets into a rhythm of the cleaning and soaking and regular talking and eating. They just have to be extra vigilant about any discomfort turning to pain, since sores and infection can develop if neglected.
The staff at Acadia Dental & Dentures are very experienced at helping new denture wearers go through the process. Their in-house dental lab also reduces waiting times by a large margin.