Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to give patients who lose their teeth a second chance at smiling. Thankfully, modern day dentures are lighter, more flexible, and therefore more comfortable than other prosthetics from the past. However, there is still a slight adjustment period once you receive your dentures in Casper. Keep reading to see how long it takes to get used to your new smile and some tips for a smoother adjustment.
Good Things Take Time
After receiving dentures, it’s completely normal to feel slight soreness or irritation initially, but this will subside. Your dentures may feel awkward or foreign for even a few weeks after receiving them, however, daily use will ensure that you’ll become well adjusted. They may even feel loose, but that’s because your cheek and tongue muscles are getting used to them. During this time, you also may experience an increase in saliva flow, which is completely normal. Then, you’ll visit your dentist for at least one follow-up appointment to make sure that your replacement fits and functions properly.
During your adjustment period, it’s common to feel your denture slip or slide when you’re talking or eating. A great way to reposition your denture is to gently bite down and swallow. This will help the prosthesis naturally stick to your gums with suction. Certain phrases may be harder to pronounce but practicing speech by saying the specific words that are difficult will help over time.
Watch What You Eat
One of the biggest things to get adjusted to after receiving dentures is your diet. Because successfully chewing can take some practice, it’s always best to start with softer foods and liquids like soup or mashed potatoes. You should also cut your food into small bites because it can make eating much easier. Plus, chewing slowly with both sides of your mouth will prevent your denture from tipping forward.
As you grow accustomed to chewing and the function of your dentures, you can begin to add foods into your diet. As you add more foods to your diet, be sure to avoid bones, shells, or any other hard items that could damage your dentures. You should also watch out for any sticky foods, especially candy. These can be hard to clean off of your dentures, but they can also dislodge your prosthesis.
Now that you know more about adjusting to your dentures, use these easy tips to make your life easier and more comfortable.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Erin M. Prach is an expert dentist with a passion for quality care. She enjoys restoring patients’ health, smile, and confidence with a beautiful set of dentures, which is why she wants you to know the easiest ways to get used to them. For any questions, she can be contacted through her website or by phone at (307) 337-4770.