Dentures are an artificial substitute for missing natural teeth. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on either the upper or lower arch. A partial denture replaces a few missing teeth on one arch. To understand the advantages and disadvantages of wearing dentures and what to expect once you get them, please continue reading:
The advantages of wearing dentures or partial dentures:
- Long-term improvement of speech.
- They support your cheeks and prevent them from collapsing inward.
- Improved ability to chew food compared with chewing with missing or broken teeth.
- Partials protect the remaining natural teeth from receiving excessive forces.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Useful in cases where permanent bridges are not a viable replacement option.
The disadvantages of wearing dentures:
- Over time, dentures wear out and need to be replaced.
- The process of getting dentures involves multiple dental appointments.
- Dentures may loosen or make snapping noises while speaking.
- Dentures may cover your palate and affect your eating habits.
What to Expect with New Dentures:
We will discuss some of the common difficulties associated with new dentures.
After receiving new dentures, some sore spots may develop as the dentures settle into the soft tissue.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says patients may develop temporary pain after getting dentures. Your denturist can easily relieve pain and sore spots by adjusting the dentures.
Your mouth will produce an abnormal amount of saliva in the weeks after getting new dentures. Once your body becomes accustomed to the dentures, saliva production will return to a normal level.
You may be unable to speak properly immediately after getting a denture. You will find that certain words will be more difficult to pronounce. Usually, it is a temporary issue and can be resolved with practice. Reading aloud helps. Contact your denturist for an adjustment if your dentures make a snapping sound while you speak.
Dentures make biting and chewing food more difficult. Retraining your muscles and modifying your eating habits will help. After receiving new dentures, begin by eating soft foods. Avoid eating crunchy or sticky foods until you have mastered how to eat soft foods.
Tips to Reduce Your False Teeth Woes
- Initially, stick to soft, denture-friendly foods like applesauce, cooked cereals, etc. They are nutritious and will help maintain your overall health.
- Dentures temporarily may make your mouth incapable of gauging temperatures. Allow Excessively hot foods and beverages to cool first.
- Avoid holding liquids in your mouth. It can loosen your dentures.
- Avoid spicy foods. Spicy foods can irritate any sores caused by your dentures.
- As you build up to foods that are more difficult to eat, like popcorn or nuts, chew more carefully to avoid biting your cheeks and tongue.
- Adjustments are a normal part of getting new dentures. Do not skip dental visits.
When can I eat solid foods after getting dentures?
It usually takes 3-4 weeks before you can master eating solid foods again. Once you return to solid foods, cut them into smaller than normal, bite-sized pieces in order to make chewing more comfortable and manageable.
How long does it take to get used to wearing new dentures?
Generally, it takes about 30 days to get used to dentures.
Why do new dentures become loose?
After removing your natural teeth, your gums are no longer required to hold your teeth in place. The gums will shrink over time, causing your dentures to become loose. Your denturist can offer treatment solutions to make dentures fit better after tissue and bone shrinkage.
Despite the current pandemic, patients are advised to contact your denture clinic in the event of a denture emergency. European Denture Center and its team of dental professionals deliver efficient and comfortable denture care. Our range of services include dentures, implant-retained dentures, partial dentures, flexible partial dentures, and more. Patients may schedule a free consultation at any one of the European Denture Center clinics.