In modern dentistry there are plenty of different ways to recreate a smile. If you have several teeth missing however, too many for a bridge, you may opt for false teeth. Dentures are a lot cheaper than implants, and the process is less painful. Although teeth may be removed you will not have to endure screws being forced into your jaw and gums. In this article we will discuss adjusting to dentures; what to expect, what is normal, and what constitutes a return trip to the dentist.
When you opt for dentures you will have to wait some time until you get your new set of teeth. The amount of time will depend on whether or not you needed more extractions or not. However long you have been waiting, one thing is for sure; you will be impatient to get your new teeth and be able to smile again. But, adjusting to dentures takes time, especially when you will have both upper and lower plates in your mouth.
Adjusting to Dentures : Step by Step
When you visit your dentist you will try your dentures on. If they don’t hurt or seem too loose, you will be good to go home. Depending on if your dentures are partial or not, you may or may not need to by glue for your new teeth to keep them in place. But, don’t think you can step out of the dentist and head to your favourite restaurant and order something that needs chewing.
First and foremost, your new teeth will feel like a foreign object in your mouth. You will constantly be feeling them with your tongue in the same way you do when you get a new filling. Asides from feeling strange, your dentures will stop you from swallowing in the way you are used to and much more asides. You may find it impossible to speak without a lisp, or you may find it just impossible. This is where patience prevails. You will get used to your new teeth, and dribbling and not being able to talk properly are all par for the course!
Eating with Dentures
As long as your dentures are staying in place and are not causing you any discomfort, they are a good fit. Before you try eating with your new teeth in however, just get used to having them in your mouth. Try swallowing saliva and practise opening and closing your mouth like you would when you eat. Only when you are used to your dentures and can swallow and speak normally should you progress onto eating. Well, actually, before eating, you should try drinking first. This too can be a problem too. Try drinking through a straw first, and then from a normal cup. Once you can master the art of drinking without spilling, it’s time to move onto soft foods.
It is important to only eat soft foods first. Chewing with dentures is one of the hardest tasks you will have to get used to. Only ever try to eat at home with your new teeth until you are confident to do so in public. Also remember that very sticky foods should be avoided at all costs; eating a toffee in public could actually turn into a real disaster.
Caring for your Dentures
Once you are used to dentures, it is time to concentrate on how to care for them. It is not recommended to sleep with your dentures in. If yours are glued in place, you should remove them carefully at the end of each day and clean them. A soft brush should be used to clean them, the dentures glue coming away easily with water. If you find you have food trapped between your dentures and your natural teeth you should take out your dentures to see what the problem is right away.
When getting used to dentures, put a wash cloth in the sink when you are cleaning them. This way if your teeth fall into the sink they will not get chipped or damaged. You should leave your dentures in an appropriate solution overnight. This does not mean however that they need to be kept in a glass by the side of your bed!
Adjusting to dentures should take a couple of weeks. After this amount of time, if you are still having problems with speech or eating, return to your dentist. He will check that your teeth fit properly, and that no adjustments need to be made. The first few weeks can be tough, but the more often you wear your dentures, the more quickly you will adjust to becoming a denture wearer.