Dentures are one of the most common options chosen to replace missing teeth. Also known as replacement teeth, they’re an oral appliance specially designed for the mouth. Unfortunately, dentures sometimes don’t fit as well as you wish — they often feel uncomfortable and awkward at first. It may take several weeks to get used to them. That’s why, at Gateway Dentistry Group, we strive to help our patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. If you already have dentures, you may be going through the process of adjusting to a variety of new oral obstacles. In this post, we’ll discuss some tips on how you can adapt to a life with dentures.
Have Realistic ExpectationsEven though many modern dentures provide a natural-looking smile, adjusting to life with them can be quite difficult. They may feel like a foreign object in your mouth for some time, and you may struggle to get used to them in many different ways:
- Your facial muscles will have to adapt to new sensations.
- Your mouth will produce more saliva, causing the dentures to slip a bit.
- You’ll need to learn to chew with dentures.
- You may find it difficult to speak.
- You may have some minor soreness after getting new dentures.
- They may change your ability to taste certain foods.