Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures

For some men and women, getting dentures can bring about mixed feelings. On the one hand, they’re happy to have a full set of teeth. On the other hand, they may find it difficult to adjust to wearing them. If this sounds like you, we can help.

Here at Advanced Dental Care of Austin, our team has helped hundreds of patients through this transition. In this blog, we discuss how you can smoothly transition to your new life with dentures.

Give it time

Whether you’re adjusting to a partial or full set of dentures, the reality is that it will take some time to get used to your dentures. Your dentures will likely rub and irritate your gums at first, and you may struggle with learning how to eat, talk, and do everyday tasks. The solution? Take things slowly. 

Most dental professionals will tell you that it takes about 30 days to adjust. While you may not want to wait that long, be wary of pushing forward too aggressively. Your gums and other soft tissues have to get used to being in close contact with your dentures, so eating and chewing too harshly can cause more pain and irritation.

Practice eating

As you learn to eat without popping your dentures out of place, scraping your gums, or biting your tongue, we recommend that you start this process at home. Once you’re more comfortable, you can venture into public without worrying.

You need to get used to moving food around your mouth with your new dentures. And as you figure out how it feels to chew and where your teeth are in relation to your lips and other parts of your mouth, make mental notes. Furthermore, when you start eating with your new dentures, begin with soft foods, such as mashed potatoes or pudding, and then work your way to tougher foods that require more chewing.

Develop your new dental hygiene routine

Just because you have artificial teeth doesn’t mean you can ignore them. You must keep them clean like you would your normal teeth. Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day, and after the first couple of days of full-time wear, you should take out your dentures every night to give your gums a break. When you take them out, make sure to cover your dentures with water or denture cleanser to keep them from drying out.

Talk to your dentist

Make sure to communicate with your provider at Advanced Dental Care of Austin if you have any problems. We expect you’ll be back several times after getting your dentures for adjustments or corrections. We want to hear from you, even if you’re just calling to tell us everything is going well.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you feel like something just isn’t quite right, our team will be happy to answer your questions and see you in the office to make any adjustments that are needed.

If you have dentures and need adjustments or if you want to learn more about getting dentures, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Dental Care of Austin today.

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