Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Before anyone starts to panic at the idea of getting dentures, please keep in mind that this is a very functional prosthetic device that has been around since the days of George Washington (1700’s). Many grandparents wear them, and these devices have been proven to be comfortable to wear and use on a daily basis. Within the past ten years, significant technological advancements have been made to make dentures even more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Just come to A Beautiful Smile Dentistry and let us show you how.

Denture is a lifestyle choice

In modern dentistry, most people have better options than getting dentures. For instance, we can place a few implants to better secure a denture, or use dental implants to replace all of your broken teeth. Some patients choose dentures because of the cost, while others choose dentures because they fear additional surgery. Whichever the choice is, it needs to be a decision you are most comfortable with. The idea and process of obtaining dentures is difficult for many people. Living with them, though, doesn’t have to be. Once in place, many people find dentures to be easy to care for and manage. Check out these tips that can help you in your transition to dentures.

It may be uncomfortable at first

One of the most important things to know when you first get dentures is that the laboratory process is on average 4 visits that span 2 weeks apart. So the entire process can take about 8 weeks. This lengthy process is the only way we can assure that your dentures fit your jaw properly. Even with all of these measurements, during the first week or so, you may still find that they do not feel right. They may seem too tight or feel like something is pinching the inside of your mouth. If you’re experiencing any discomfort or pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Jin, DDS, for an adjustment. 

Know what to expect at first

Getting new dentures is much like getting new shoes, the only difference is that the dentures will not get stretched over time. Therefore, during the first two weeks, your mouth has to get used to the dentures. It does this by first secreting more saliva. As a result, you may feel like you are drooling at times. Luckily, that feeling is not likely to last long. You may also notice painful areas in your mouth where the dentures are rubbing. This, too, will improve in time. You can rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to help reduce some of the pain. If it is more than a dull ache, be sure to bring it to the attention of Dr. Jin.

Work on your speech

When you first start wearing dentures, you may sound a bit different. Some people may find this discouraging and choose to stop talking. If you’re no longer feeling confident about your speech, experts recommend reading out loud to yourself for 20 minutes a day as a way to get your mouth used to pronouncing words with your new teeth. This can also help you to smooth out your language to make it feel a bit more normal. Practice speaking as often as you can to get your dentures working with your jaw properly.

Follow your dentist’s recommendations after extractions

Tooth extraction is a significant change in your oral health. Dr. Jin will give you specific instructions to follow to help minimize the risk of infections or pain in this area. After an extraction, you will be instructed to keep your dentures for at least 48 hours to prevent the swelling from your surgical area to cause extra pressure. Your denture is going to be like a Band-Aid for your surgical wound. You will also be instructed to take your denture out and rinse with warm saltwater 4 to 5 times a day to keep the area clean and infection free. 

Practice with adhesives

One thing people struggle with is getting the adhesive just right. Too much or too little can leave you feeling frustrated. At A Beautiful Smile Dentistry, Dr. Jin will make recommendations for specific adhesive products to use and can teach you how to use them properly. Never use adhesives that Dr. Jin hasn’t recommend. Some of these products may cause damage to your dentures or sores in your mouth.

Most importantly, if you find yourself overwhelmed with your dentures or unable to get something to work properly, contact our office. We can answer your questions and give you step-by-step help. It is not uncommon to forget steps or to be unsure of a sore in your mouth. Having a beautiful smile is something you can attain, even with dentures. Your journey to a better smile all starts with a consultation at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry. Contact us now or book an appointment online.

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