Have you finally decided to get dentures to help with eating, talking and boosting your confidence? If so, you will need to adjust to life with dentures once you get them. Dentures may have fake teeth, but they are not problem free. Here are some common issues you may experience with dentures.
The initial fit of your dentures will feel great. They will fit snug against your gum line, will not slip around in your mouth; overall they should feel very comfortable.
Be aware that the fit can change over time. The jawbone may actually start to shrink, which will not give your dentures the support they will need to maintain their proper placement.
You can maintain a healthy jawbone at home by practicing great oral hygiene. You dentures may have fake teeth, but you still need to care for your gums so that they can provide support for the dentures. If you are experiencing slipping due to shrinking gums, then your dentist can make adjustments to the dentures so that the alignment is snug once again.
Your dentures may end up triggering a gag flex when you start wearing them, which is actually something that many people go through that wear dentures for the very first time. The gagging may naturally go away when you adjust to the dentures after the first few days, but it could end up being a persistent problem that you just cannot get past.
The solution to deal with gagging is to shave down the dentures so that they do not extend that far towards the back of your throat. You will be amazed at how much of a difference it can make by altering the dentures so that they are a little bit shorter in the back.
One reason that people get dentures is because they want to once again eat all their favorite foods that they couldn't do in the past with their natural teeth. Unfortunately, you won't be able to get back to eating foods as easily as you did in the past with healthy teeth.
The big adjustment people need to make with dentures is how they chew their food. Instead of using the biting motion that you have used for years you will now need to make a slight grinding motion where the teeth move sideways.
Changing the way you chew can be a drastic change, so expect it to take a couple months until you feel completely comfortable chewing with dentures. A technique that will help you adjust is to chew on small bites of food initially.
It allows you to practice the sideways grinding motion that is necessary when chewing with your new dentures. You will eventually be able to chew larger pieces until the chewing motion is second nature to you.
It's possible that you are developing a sore in your mouth because of your new dentures. There are a couple reasons why this is happening to you.
New dentures just take some time to adjust to since the dentures are rubbing in your mouth in new ways. Try eating soft foods at first that do not require much pressure to be put on the dentures to avoid hard rubbing. You should also slow down when eating as well to avoid unnecessary pressure.
Visit your dentist if you notice that the sores are not going away, since you could have an infection. You may receive denture pads that help relieve the pressure in that area until the infection or sores go away.
Have other issues with your new dentures? Know that Palmetto Denture Care, PA is there to help.