Whether you are getting an entire row of teeth replaced, or you are just getting a partial, your dentures will need a period of adjustment. Your dentist will give you a set of instructions to follow when you receive your dentures. It is important that you follow those instructions to prevent things such as dry socket and swelling, and to help your mouth become accustomed to your dental work.
At first, you will be very aware of your dentures and they will seem to take a up a great deal of space in your mouth. You may even find that your mouth makes more saliva for a period of time. That is normal and will stop in time. If your excess pressure, or you have pain in places in your mouth, you should have your dentist adjust them. In some cases, after you have worn your dentures for a few weeks, your dentist may have you come in to have your dentures lined. You may have some difficulty eating at first, and cutting your food into smaller pieces can make it easier to eat. If you find pronouncing some words, you might try practicing speaking them, or saying them slowly. You can also try singing. This is a great way for you to learn how to say difficult words in a slower and more measured rate. The muscles in your mouth will need to get used to your dentures, and believe it or not, exercising your cheek muscles can help make adjusting to dentures easier.
You won’t get used to your dentures overnight, but with a little effort and patience, you should be able to wear the confidently. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to find out if dentures would be a good fit for you, our dentist, Dr. Lien Ngo would be happy to see you for an exam and consultation. If you live in the Placerville, California area and would like to schedule an appointment at Brookside Dental, call 530-622-1987 today to plan your visit.