Adjusting to Life with Dentures

When you’re missing teeth, one of the most affordable and effective options for improving your oral health and your ability to chew is through custom-made dentures.

At Midtown Dental Care, you receive comprehensive care from your first denture fitting and throughout the many years you enjoy your custom dentures. The dental team offers both full and partial dentures to meet your needs, as well as overdentures, which replace teeth in the upper and lower part of your mouth, but leave room for your remaining natural teeth.

Dentures instantly improve your smile and can even enhance the natural contours of your face that often collapse inward when teeth are lost.

Though affordable and convenient, adapting to dentures does take some time. Take some advice from the Midtown Dental Care denture experts for adjusting to life with your new dentures.

Keep at it

Dentures can feel uncomfortable or awkward in your mouth during the initial days of use. It may be tempting to take your dentures out frequently throughout the day to improve your comfort. However, the more you wear them, the faster your mouth and tongue will adapt to the device.

If your dentures aren’t fitting properly, you can always schedule a visit for necessary adjustments to ensure a more comfortable fit.

Talk to yourself

Until you get used to your new dentures, your speech may sound different, and you need to learn how to talk with the unusual feeling of the dentures in your mouth.

Take time to practice talking aloud to yourself as you get used to your dentures. The more practice you have, the easier talking normally will become.

Excess saliva is normal

Wearing dentures stimulates the production of increased saliva in your mouth, which can add to your discomfort.

Over time this will become less of a problem, but you may want to carry extra tissues in the initial days of wearing your new dentures to wipe away any excess spit.

Watch what you eat

Chewing may prove more difficult with your new dentures in the early days. You can adapt more quickly to eating by cutting your food into smaller pieces and chewing slowly using both sides of your mouth. This can take practice, especially if you’re in the habit of chewing on only one side because of your missing teeth.

It’s also important that you avoid eating foods that are hard or will stick to your dentures. This not only makes it easier for you to chew food normally, but you can protect your dentures from accidental breakage.

Practice good denture hygiene

Every night before you go to bed, be sure to take out your dentures for a thorough cleaning. Your Midtown Dental Care provider will show you how to clean and care for your dentures to ensure they remain in good condition.

Removing your dentures before you sleep also gives your gums and mouth a break, which ultimately increases the comfort and fit of your dentures when you use them during the hours that you’re awake. In the earliest days of adapting to dentures, you can do a warm saltwater rinse to treat sore or swollen gums and prevent oral health complications.

If you're ready to get fitted for dentures, schedule a consultation at Midtown Dental Care today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online or calling our office at 646-859-6561 now. 

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