Facts You May Not Know About Wearing Dentures

Dentures
 Dentures are removable, artificially made plastic or porcelain teeth which replace natural teeth that are missing. If you have lost some, or all, your teeth, replacing natural teeth with dentures is a relatively trouble-free process which will improve your appearance and your overall oral health. There are many benefits to dentures, the most obvious being is that they give you a radiant, confident smile. Additionally, dentures make it much easier to eat and speak and help to keep the facial muscles from sagging, which can add years to your appearance.

Why Do Some People Need Dentures?

If you are one of those people who always thought dentures were for everyone else, you are not alone. Many people would be surprised at the number of individuals who require either partial or full dentures by the time they are 40 or a little older. According to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the number of adults in the United States needing dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020. Many people lose their teeth because of gum disease and tooth decay while others due to poor diet, bad oral hygiene, and even as a result of severe diseases, such as cancer. A semiannual visit to our dentist office is very important, only because catching problems early on makes them easier to correct. Once cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal problems advance to a point where teeth may need to be extracted, only dentures will solve the problem of missing teeth.

What Do New Dentures Feel Like?

Dentures take some getting used to. When you first get dentures, they are likely to feel awkward, as would any other foreign object in your mouth. Dentures usually feel a little loose for the first few weeks making it difficult to speak and eat normally, and it’s very common to experience slight irritation or soreness when first wearing them. However, these are usually temporary inconveniences. As your mouth adjusts to the dentures, these issues do go away relatively quickly. If, for some reason, the dentures don’t fit perfectly after a week or two, or the bite doesn’t feel quite right, you should schedule another appointment as soon as possible to have the necessary adjustments made.

Will Dentures Make Me Look Strange?

Dentures are made to look like natural teeth, so there should only ever be a slight change in a person’s appearance. Dentures often have been known to improve most smiles because they fill in gaps left by missing teeth that might have otherwise been unpleasant to look at.

Will It Be Difficult To Eat With New Dentures?

It takes a couple of weeks to get used to eating normally with new dentures. It is recommended that, for the first few weeks, you should stick to a largely ‘soft’ diet, avoiding foods that are sticky or hard to chew. Soups, mashed potatoes, Jello, yogurt, pudding, custard, applesauce, fresh cooked vegetables, eggs, bananas, berries or canned peaches, oatmeal or porridge, rice or risotto, smoothies or protein shakes, fish, tofu, and well-cooked pasta, are all foods that you should be able to eat quite freely in the early days.

Dentures can greatly improve your smile and overall oral health. If you are considering getting dentures, you are not alone. Many people who have dentures are quite happy with their new pearly whites and often find that the process is neither painful nor too uncomfortable.

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