Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Millions of people wear dentures, either to replace just a few of their natural teeth — or all of their teeth. In fact, about 120 million men and women in the U.S. are missing at least one adult tooth, and 36 million adults have no teeth at all. Dentures help by restoring biting and chewing function, and they can also improve speech. Plus, dentures maintain your normal face shape, eliminating the “sunken-in” look that goes hand-in-hand with the loss of multiple teeth. And, of course, replacing missing teeth — even a single missing tooth — can really improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.

As many benefits as dentures offer, plenty of people are nervous about getting them, especially if they haven’t worn dentures in the past or if they’re replacing all their teeth (or all uppers or lowers) with dentures. But never fear! These tips will have you feeling comfortable with your dentures faster than you could imagine.

Follow instructions for wear

It may be tempting to pop your dentures out if they feel a little odd. For instance, lots of people tend to feel like their dentures are too big or like they’re sticking out or obvious-looking, even when they look completely normal to others. The way to get past that: Wear them as often as you’re supposed to and for as long as directed. Even though you may be tempted to take them out while you’re just hanging out at home, the less you wear your dentures, the longer it’s going to take you to get used to them and the way they feel, especially when you’re talking to other people or eating. 

Have them adjusted if you need to

Your dentures will be adjusted right from the start, so you can expect them to fit well. But if they start to slip or cause sore spots, or if they’re just not fitting well, call the office and schedule a visit to have them re-adjusted. Especially if you’ve had teeth pulled right before getting dentures, swelling in your gums can take some time to resolve, and when it does, your dentures might be a bit loose. We can adjust them quickly so they fit securely and comfortably.

Practice talking

One of people’s biggest worries when they’re wearing dentures is how they’ll look or sound when they’re talking to other people. You can get past that fear by reading out loud so you get used to the way your dentures feel while you’re speaking. If you like, you can even speak in front of a mirror to help you feel more confident about the way your teeth look during a conversation.

Try lots of foods at home

Eating in public is another big worry for people who are just getting dentures. But consider this: Millions of people wear dentures, and many of them dine out regularly with no problems at all. To feel more comfortable eating when you're away from home, spend some time eating a variety of foods at home while wearing your dentures. Of course, if there are specific foods you still don’t feel comfortable eating, like corn on the cob, you can always avoid those foods until you feel more confident.

Take a deep breath — and relax

Every new “thing” takes some getting used to. The good news: Today’s dentures are so lightweight and comfortable, they’re really easy to get used to, and they’re also very secure. We’re betting it won’t be long before your dentures feel almost the same as your natural teeth.

Today’s dentures are really durable, and thanks to new, lightweight materials, they’re also very comfortable to wear. In fact, if you need dentures, you might be surprised just how comfortable they are and how easy it is to care for them. At Sacred Dental, we help patients adjust to their new dentures so they can feel comfortable and confident in all their activities. If you need dentures or if you’d like to replace your old dentures with new, lightweight dentures, book an appointment online today.

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