It is never ideal to lose a full arch of teeth. However, modern restorative dentistry offers natural-looking dentures to help you regain the smile you once had. When you first get dentures, however, you should expect a temporary adjustment period as you get used to your new teeth.
What to Expect at First
When getting dentures with Dr. Tejal Kakade, you can expect your new teeth to look beautiful and natural. However, it is perfectly normal to feel awkward in your dentures at the beginning. In fact, you may even feel as though your dentures are slightly loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue get accustomed to keeping them in place.
It is also typical to experience some mild irritation or soreness during this adjustment period. Keep in mind that while your oral tissues may seem sensitive, the mouth is considered a part of the body that heals quickly. As your mouth works to feel comfortable around prosthetic teeth, you may also notice that drier mouth. However, both your oral tissues and saliva flow should return to normal.
Tips for Eating and Speaking with New Dentures
One of the biggest hurdles that patients face after getting dentures is with eating and speaking. After all, these are dental functions that you’ve only known with your natural set of teeth. Eating may take some practice. Be sure to start with small bites, slow chewing and softer foods to help ease the transition. In addition, try your best to chew on both sides of your mouth to keep your denture balanced.
When it comes to speaking, you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words or syllables. Don’t worry; this is another temporary adjustment. The more you practice (reading aloud or repeating certain words), the faster you will get used to the pace and motion of speaking with your new dentures. If you feel a “click” in your dentures when you talk, try to slow down.
Still Not Comfortable? Schedule a Dental Visit
If you are concerned that your dentures are not feeling or functioning the way you had hoped, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It is not uncommon to need slight adjustments to your new teeth after they are initially placed. At the office of Dr. Tejal Kakade, we are dedicated to making sure your dentures offer the confidence and beauty you deserve.