Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be fully supported, partially supported, or implant-supported. Your denturist will review the options available to you to provide the best outcome. To ensure a comfortable and secure fit, the denture fitting process begins with precise measurements of the mouth. The denturists will then take an impression of the upper and lower jaws which will be used in the creation of your customized dentures. When ready, the dentures are placed in the mouth and adjusted as necessary to get a perfect fit. Dentures are an effective and affordable way to correct a wide range of dental issues, including crooked, misaligned, or broken teeth. It is normal to be nervous when getting dentures for the first time. While new dentures can provide a patient with a fully functional smile and a completely natural appearance, some common issues can arise. Here’s what to expect when you start wearing dentures for the first time:
- Irritation in the Gums or Mouth
Irritation and discomfort are common during the initial adjustment period, particularly in the first few hours after receiving your new dentures. It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures. This initial soreness should fade as your gums and mouth adjust to your new dentures. You can get some relief from this minor pain with the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if the pain persists, it is best to consult with your denturist.
- Having Difficulties Eating
Eating may be challenging at first with new dentures because your mouth is still getting used to them, and the gums are still recovering from the procedure. Certain foods, such as nuts and seeds, may be painful to eat because they can get stuck under your dentures and cause discomfort. You will need some practice eating before you can eat comfortably with dentures. To keep your dentures stable when eating, cut food into smaller pieces and chew it on both sides of your mouth. With time, your mouth and gums will adjust to your new dentures, and you will be able to eat normally.
- Speaking Difficulties
When you have new dentures, using your mouth to speak may feel strange. Dentures can interfere with the sensations of speaking by interfering with your mouth muscles. One way to boost your confidence with your new dentures is to speak out loud in private. Try reading aloud from your favorite book to help your mouth get back into the habit of speaking normally.
- Slipping Dentures
Unlike your teeth, which are naturally anchored in your gums, your dentures may slip out of place from time to time in the first few weeks of wearing them. When you smile, laugh, cough, eat, or speak, your dentures, which are held in place by various muscles in your mouth, may slip out of place. Over time, your mouth, tongue, and gums will learn to work together and the dentures will stay in place. If your dentures slip, gently reposition them by swallowing and biting down; denture adhesive can also be used to secure them. If you are experiencing any denture issues, you can seek professional help from one of our experienced denturists. Love My Smile Center is proudly serving the Auburn community and King County and we offer the newest partial and denture technology. We have treatment plans for every need and price range. You can reach us by phone at (833) 900-1050 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.