Tooth replacement therapy comes in many forms, the most common of these being dentures, or “false teeth”. Whether your teeth are badly damaged and need to be pulled and replaced, or if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, dentures today are a comfortable and affordable method of total tooth replacement. If you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, partial dentures may be used to fill in one or more missing teeth.
Your new dentures may feel strange in your mouth at first, but you should adapt fairly quickly. Over time, your gums will change shape and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced to maintain proper fit and comfort. Be sure to visit your dentist whenever you think your dentures may need adjustments.
Often they will rub the gums a bit at first, meaning that they need to be adjusted by the dentist – so if you get an ulcer, this does not mean that you cannot or will not be able to wear them – just call the dentist!
Choosing your food
Eating and drinking will certainly feel weird. To prevent any inconveniences, we recommend that you only eat soft and non-sticky food. Soup, yogurt, boiled potatoes are all permissible. Avoid chewing gum at all costs.
Soreness or irritation
It’s perfectly normal to experience some minor soreness and irritation. You may even find that the flow of saliva increases temporarily. These problems should diminish as your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures. If any problem persists, especially soreness or irritation, consult your dentist.
Speaking with dentures
Regardless of whether you wear partial or full dentures, you will probably go through a period of adjustment before getting used to them. This is because your tongue – the source of articulation – has to learn where your new teeth are. While some people adjust easily to dentures, the majority will find that their speech is mildly impaired, with slurred speech being a common symptom in the early stages.
To improve your speech after you get your new dentures, practice speaking aloud on a frequent basis, but start off slowly and quietly, building up to a normal level gradually. Pretty soon, it will be difficult for others listening to you to tell that you wear dentures.