Dentures are an effective option when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
When it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth, dentures remain a popular solution. They can go a long way in restoring one’s oral health, as well as improving the overall appearance of one’s smile. If you are considering the treatment — or already have dentures — there are a few things worth knowing. Read on to find out more about life with dentures and what it takes to adapt to a new appliance…
1. You might experience sore gums
Although dentures are custom-made and generally very comfortable to wear, it is possible to experience some soreness in the gums when you first have them fitted. It is important that you are patient during this time as you adjust to your new appliances. If you are really struggling with discomfort, you may find it helpful to see your dentist for an adjustment. You can also alleviate some pain by removing your dentures from your mouth every few hours.
2. Eating and speaking take some practice
Your dentures may feel strange at first, especially when you eat and speak. Begin by choosing foods that are soft and easy to chew, and be sure to stick to small bites while you get used to your new dentures. Avoid particularly hard and chewy foods as these can be difficult to eat and may exacerbate any discomfort that you feel.
When it comes to speaking, you may find it helpful to exercise your facial muscles. This will strengthen them over time, allowing for more control in the long-term.
3. Proper hygiene is key
One of the most important things to remember if you have dentures is that they need to be maintained and properly taken care of in order to keep them in good condition. It is advisable that you clean your dentures every day and that you soak them overnight. You should also brush your gums, as well as any remaining natural teeth and your tongue at least twice a day. This will keep issues like bad breath at bay and ensure that your oral health remains on track.
4. You should see your dentist regularly
It’s important that you continue to see your dentist for regular dental check-ups even after your dentures have been fitted. This will ensure that any oral health issues are identified and resolved as early as possible. Your dentist will also be able to assist you with any necessary adjustments and/or repairs to make sure that your dentures remain comfortable and secure in your mouth. Dental appointments are an ideal opportunity to raise any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your oral hygiene habits, lifestyle, and dietary choices and how they may be affecting your smile.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a comprehensive range of dental treatments, including dentures. If you are missing some of your teeth, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
At our practice, we offer two types of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. A partial denture is often a good option for those who are missing some teeth and have some healthy teeth remaining, while full dentures are used to replace a whole set of teeth.
No matter which type of denture you get, your appliance will be fabricated to suit your specific needs. It can take up to five appointments to complete the process, beginning with an initial consultation to the final fitment. As part of the process, your dentist will assess your oral health and check if any of your existing teeth need restorative work.
If you would like to find out more about dentures and what the procedure involves at Access Dental Care, please have a look here.
To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call on (08) 9485 0600.