About 41 million Americans wear dentures. Dentures are artificial teeth that either replace a row of missing teeth or all of your teeth.
But although they’re a great solution for many people with missing teeth, adjusting to life with dentures can be challenging. Narjes Abtahi, DDS, and our team at Your Community Smile are here to help make the transition easier.
Dentures restore your ability to eat, talk, and smile with confidence, and you can get used to them with a bit of patience and practice as you start wearing them. If you're new to dentures, here are some tips to help you make the most of your new teeth.
There’s no way around it: Adjusting to dentures takes time. It's not uncommon for people to experience sore spots and discomfort when they first start wearing them. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to get used to your new dentures.
If your dentures are painful, however, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Dr. Abtahi and our team can make adjustments and offer personalized guidance to make your transition to dentures as smooth as possible.
Talking with dentures feels different. Because dentures can affect the way you speak, it's important to practice speaking with them in. Try talking with a trusted friend or family member, reading out loud, or repeating tongue twisters to help you get used to the way your dentures feel in your mouth.
When you first start wearing dentures, it's best to choose soft foods that are easy to chew. Try soup, pasta, cooked vegetables, and soft baked goods. Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy. As you get more comfortable with your dentures, you can add more variety to your diet.
Some types of dentures attach to dental implants, which are metal rods implanted into your jawbone. Implant dentures are secure, but other types of dentures that aren’t anchored can slip and move around in your mouth.
Ask our team about using denture adhesives to keep your teeth from shifting when you talk and chew. Using denture adhesive correctly can help keep your dentures in place and provide a secure fit.
It's important to keep your dentures clean to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. Brush your dentures daily with a denture brush and mild cleanser. You should also soak your dentures in a cleaning solution overnight to keep them fresh and clean.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them in a safe place where they can't get damaged or lost. Be mindful when handling them, and avoid dropping or bending them out of shape.
Oral health care is essential even when you wear dentures. Take care of your gums and remaining natural teeth by brushing twice daily, and floss between any remaining teeth daily, too. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
You still need to go to the dentist when you wear dentures. Dr. Abtahi and our team examine and clean your mouth at each checkup. We also check the fit and condition of your dentures, and we make any necessary adjustments to ensure they remain comfortable.
Dentures require some adjustment, but with patience, practice, and the right instructions, it doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience. To get help with your new dentures, call 703-565-2667 to reach Your Community Smile at our Lansdowne, Virginia, office or book an appointment online.