Most patients aren’t thrilled to hear the word "dentures," and for good reason. Traditionally, this tooth-replacement option hasn’t provided the most comfort or the best look.
However, modern dentures are nothing like their older counterparts. They are now made to measure, meaning patients get a personalized solution to replace their teeth, enjoy a natural look, and have more comfort than ever before.
Even so, many patients report feeling uncomfortable when they first put their dentures on. Might this happen to you?
Keep reading to find out the answer.
It’s perfectly normal to feel "strange" or slightly uncomfortable when you first put dentures on. If you’ve been dealing with missing teeth for a long time, then your mouth simply needs to adjust to the prosthetic.
You shouldn’t judge your dentures based on those first few days. Most people need about 30 days to fully get used to their dentures and learn how to properly use them for eating and speaking.
Ensuring you love your dentures requires a little bit of planning. Here are some tips that can help:
You won’t get used to this prosthetic even if you don’t wear it! You need to put your dentures on every single day and practice talking and eating with them to speed up the adjustment period.
Wearing dentures all the time can lead to painful sores, especially in the beginning when your gums and mouth aren’t used to them at all.
In the beginning, try not to wear your dentures for longer than 8 hours at a time. Take out your dentures at night before going to bed. Never sleep with your dentures in, as your gums need plenty of "alone" time to recover.
You may also want to remove your dentures before eating in the first few days to avoid adding extra pressure.
Eating and speaking with dentures won’t be skills you master right away.
Start eating softer foods that don’t require lots of chewing when your dentures are in. Slowly practice chewing to learn how to properly use the dentures. When you feel comfortable, add more hard foods back into your diet, starting with foods like pasta and boiled or steamed veggies. Only after you get used to eating these foods can you add a juicy steak to your diet too.
Speaking also needs some practice. Consider reading a book out loud or watching yourself speak in the mirror to see how your mouth moves with the prosthetic in.
Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they’re not for everyone.
Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Kasan Stevens can help you find out if you’re a good candidate for dentures or recommend another tooth replacement option to restore your smile.