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Tips to Make Learning to Use Dentures Easier


Posted on 6/30/2017 by Dr. Shiotsu
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
If you have experienced tooth loss, dentures are a common solution. Dentures give you back your ability to eat and speak properly as well as restore your smile back to its former beauty. But getting used to new dentures can be difficult. Here are a few tips that can make learning to use dentures easier.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. False teeth are attached to a gum colored base and are supported by your natural gums. They are made from molds of your mouth, ensuring a proper fit, but having a foreign object in your mouth will take some time to get used to.

Eating
Learning to chew with dentures is going to be a whole new experience. In order to avoid issues, start with soft foods until you get used to them. Once you are used to soft foods, you can gradually go back to eating all of your favorite foods.

Speaking
False teeth will change the way you speak, at least at first. You may notice a different sound, or that you sound louder than normal. These changes are more noticeable to you than to anyone else. You might notice some clicking sounds, but those may be helped by speaking slower. Or, you can try biting down before speaking to secure your dentures in place.

Lower Dentures

The bottom denture is often the one that experiences the most issues. This is because it has less suction than your top denture. As a result, it may slip more frequently. Until you get used to it, and can master your tongue and lips around it, try using denture adhesives.

Time
Just like anything else, getting used to dentures takes time and patience. Your mouth will feel awkward at first and you may salivate more, which can lead to gagging. These issues are only temporary, and will get better with time.

Dentures are a great way to restore the functions of your mouth. But they will take some getting used to. If you are still experiencing issues, especially pain, there may be something wrong. Contact our office right away.


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