It can be a huge relief when you’ve had missing teeth for years and finally get your smile back through dentures. However, this process isn’t easy for everyone. Adjusting to either a full or partial denture takes time, patience and the right steps to make it happen. But it can be done.
The next time you get a denture, take note of these steps to not just adjust to it, but make it last in the long-term and solve any problems you may run into at home.
The Day You Begin Wearing Your Denture
On the first day, your denture won’t feel natural in your mouth and basic tasks like eating and speaking will show some difficulty. To make the process of eating easier, make sure that your diet is largely consisting of softer foods, such as mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, soups, applesauce, gelatin, boiled eggs and puddings. Some foods can be eaten if they’re cut into smaller pieces for easier consumption, including soft breads and flaky fish. Avoid sticky foods which can unseat dentures. Don’t allow fluids to sit in your mouth for too long as well. When biting off foods, press it against your back teeth on your upper arch to stabilize the denture.
During the first two weeks, dentures can cause sore spots, increased salivation and gum inflammation. A great way to reduce these side effects is to take breaks wearing your denture for about an hour a day, giving your mouth time to relax. You can also rinse your mouth out with warm salt water over this two-week period to encourage healing.
Tips at Home and at the Office
By the time you reach the two-week mark, you should be able to talk and eat normally. Salivation and sore spots should begin to heal and reduce in frequency. At this point, it’s acceptable to start using denture adhesive as an additional measure for making your denture more secure and comfortable.
Keep in mind that the fit of your gums may change as they heal, which means that you’ll need to visit the dentist so they can make adjustments for a better fit. These relines work to extend the longevity of the denture, saving you more money in the long-term.
Planning for the Long-Term
Speaking of the long-term, once you hit 30 days of wear, you should be able to engage in most activities without difficulty. With routine visits to your dentist, typically every six months, you can catch problems with your denture if they arise. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can easily make your denture last as long as five years. However, perfect care can make them last up to 10, but this depends on your habits.
Adjusting to your new denture and making it last involves just a few additional habits and visiting a dentist in Tysons Corner regularly. To make sure your denture is in good condition, schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Sam Osseiran earned his DDS degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He’s certified in occlusion, TMJ management and prosthodontics, so if you fear that your denture isn’t fitting right, he’ll work with you to get the most comfortable denture possible. He’s open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Feel free to contact him through his website if you’re feeling pain while wearing dentures!