Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Due to their affordability and ease of use, dentures are still the most popular choice when you’ve experienced tooth loss. However, first-time denture wearers may struggle with having a foreign object in their mouth, especially when eating and speaking. For some, dentures may even cause irritation and pain. 

At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we’re aware that even properly fit dentures present some challenges at first. Here, we’ve put together a short guide to help smooth your transition to dentures. 

Increased salivation is normal 

Excessive saliva isn’t a sign that your mouth is having a bad reaction to your new dentures. It’s normal for your body to produce more saliva as you adapt to having a foreign object in your mouth. This issue typically resolves itself. 

Some things that can help include rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and avoiding sugary and sour foods.

Soreness may occur during the first few weeks 

Sore gums may seem like a red flag. However, more often than not, soreness is a normal reaction to different pressure on your gums. If you experience soreness during your first week of wearing new dentures, it also could be because you just had your teeth removed so your gums are still sensitive and prone to inflammation. 

Soreness becomes problematic if it persists for several weeks after getting new dentures. In that case, speak to your dentist about getting your dentures refitted. 

Avoid dry and sticky foods 

Until your gums are no longer sensitive to your new dentures, you may need to switch to softer foods such as smoothies, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. Don’t eat dry and sticky foods, because they may aggravate inflammation by irritating your gums. 

Keep up with your dental care

For many denture wearers, especially those with complete tooth loss, going to the dentist no longer seems necessary. However, your gums recess over time, so you eventually need to have your dentures adjusted. During routine dental visits, your dentist can monitor your mouth for any problems and also ensure your dentures still work the way they should.

Today’s dentures are better

Dentures have improved since the days your grandparents wore them. Modern dental appliances are designed to fit your mouth perfectly and more closely resemble natural teeth. 

Most people are aware of only two types of dentures: removable partial dentures and complete dentures. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we also offer fixed dentures, which are far more convenient because they’re fixed with implants. Fixed dentures look natural and prevent bone loss in the jaw. Plus, they don’t slip when you eat and they don’t present dietary restrictions.

The above tips for adjusting to life with dentures apply to all types of dental prosthetics. Talk to your dentist if you have questions or concerns as you get used to your new smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Mineola, New York.

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