Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Are you missing some or all of your teeth, but don’t feel ready to commit to dental implants? You’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million people have lost all their teeth. And these numbers are on the rise.  

Currently, about 23 million seniors are missing all teeth, and 12 million more are missing all of either their upper or lower teeth. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of people with age-related tooth loss will too. 

Many Americans with missing teeth choose dentures as their solution. Dentures are no longer the bulky, cumbersome things of the past. 

Advances in today’s dentures make it easier than ever to adjust and live with dentures for the long term. Modern dentures are lighter, better fitting, and more natural-looking so you can feel like yourself again faster.  

Haidy Messih, DDS and her team at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, provide high-quality, durable dentures to patients struggling to cope with missing teeth. Our custom-made, removable dentures help patients resume normal eating, speaking, and smiling quickly and easily. 

Although dentures have come a long way, it still takes time to get used to them. Here are our dentists’ top tips for adjusting to life with dentures. 

Breaking in your new dentures

After you receive your new dentures, Dr. Messih will give you guidelines on how to break them in. During this time, be sure to wear them as directed so the process goes smoothly. 

Some patients think that wearing dentures longer than recommended will speed up the break-in process. Not so! Too much time in new dentures too fast results in discomfort, sores, and even infection. 

At the same time, if you don’t wear your dentures long enough during the break-in period, your mouth won’t adjust. As a result, you’ll find you aren’t acclimating to your new teeth. 

To get comfortable with your dentures as quickly as possible, follow your dentist’s instructions.

Take good care of your dentures

Living with dentures means caring for your dentures. When not wearing them, handle them with care and store them in water or denture cleaner. Be sure not to use hot water since it can warp or damage your dentures. 

Clean your dentures daily by brushing them with a soft toothbrush and soapy water. Be sure to rinse your mouth without your dentures in place at least once per day to reduce the risk of infection. 

Check your mouth and gums regularly for sores or signs of infection, and be sure to regularly visit the dentist. Your dentist at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will check your dentures and gums and let you know when it’s time for a replacement.  

Practice eating and speaking with your dentures in

When you first start wearing dentures, they can feel strange — especially when trying to eat or speak. Taking time to practice will help you become more comfortable in your new teeth. 

Begin eating with dentures by choosing soft foods like mashed potatoes, soups, and puddings that are easier on your gums and new teeth. Avoid hard or sticky foods and chewing gum.  

As you progress, try a variety of foods at home to see how your dentures respond. This allows you to understand which foods you’re most comfortable with and make any adjustments before eating in public.

As with eating, practice speaking with new dentures at home first, both alone and with family and friends. Try reading out loud to yourself to help your mouth adjust to speaking with dentures. Before you know it, talking with dentures will be second nature. 

Understand when to seek help

All new dentures take time to get used to, but once you’ve had your dentures for a few months, they should be comfortable and you should be enjoying your regular activities without worry. 

If at any time you experience excessive discomfort or slippage, come to the office and Dr. Messih can make appropriate adjustments. 

Regularly check for these problem signs which may indicate an infection: 

If you experience any of these problems, call our office right away to schedule an appointment. 

Today’s dentures are an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth. When you’re ready to take the next step, call our office at 703-659-2805 or schedule a consultation online today.

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