A Short Guide to New Dentures
New dentures can really be a good solution to problems with old dentures or as an answer to certain oral difficulties. Dentures can be a substitute for teeth that may have been weakened due to age, trauma or oral maladies.
Types of Dentures
When you replace your dentures, you will have certain choices as to what kind of dentures you would like. For a long time dental manufacturers have made the full mouth denture that you are no doubt familiar with. These kinds of dentures are introduced only after dentists extract stray teeth and the gum line has had time to return to health.
Partial dentures, however, may be the better choice in some cases. They allow the user to keep some natural teeth and only replace some of his or her teeth with dentures.
Getting Used to New Dentures
New dentures take a little getting used to.
At first, you may have difficulty with a number of different common activities. For example, speaking may be difficult at first, since you are no longer used to having quite so many teeth. Your mouth may also feel far more full than it used to and you may accidentally bite your tongue or inner cheeks as you get used to your new dentures.
You may also notice that your mouth starts to produce a greater quantity of saliva in response to the new stimulus from your dentures. This is a normal experience.
In order to help you ease into having dentures, you should start by only eating soft things or liquids. Yogurt or energy drinks are a good way of getting started. Once you get used to your new dentures, you can then start eating slightly firmer foods--avoiding anything too chewy however until you are confident in the use of your dentures.
Tip: You want to make sure to use your dentures everyday so that your mouth has time to get used to their presence. If you only use them every so often or irregularly, your mouth will not have to time to habituate to their presence. Spending long periods of time without your dentures may lead to growth in your gums that will make your dentures stop fitting as they did when you were first had them measured.
Cleaning your New Dentures
In addition, you should be sure to keep your dentures clean as you would your own teeth. Dirty dentures can lead to oral diseases and unpleasant tastes. In addition, they can make for unpleasant eyesores for friends and relatives. Clean your dentures at least once a day.
Cleaning dentures is easy but a little different than you may be used to. You want to take your dentures out and rinse them in warm water. Be sure not to use hot water, however, as this may damage your dentures. Brush your dentures carefully and soak them when not in use in the denture solution that you will have as a part of your denture package.
During the first few weeks of getting your new dentures, you may find that you develop soreness in certain parts of your mouth. This is only natural given the new work you are asking of you jaw muscles and your mouth. The new dentures will reawaken old muscles and push up against parts of your gums that have not seen activity in a while. This will eventually go away. In the mean time, you should take pain relievers to help ease pain.
Although they take a little getting used to, you will find that your new dentures will really help you improve your quality of life over time.