Dentures work by replacing missing teeth and restoring the ability to bite and chew properly. They are designed to fit snugly over the gums and mimic the function of natural teeth.
Complete dentures rely on suction or denture adhesive to stay in place. Partial dentures are held in place by metal clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth. The denture base, which is made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal, is designed to match the color of the gums and surrounding teeth.
When wearing dentures, the jaw muscles and tongue help keep the dentures in place and provide stability for biting and chewing. Over time, the muscles and tissues in the mouth may adapt to the presence of the dentures, making them feel more comfortable and natural. However, it’s important to remember that dentures are not a replacement for natural teeth and regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for maintaining good oral health.
The amount of time it takes to get used to dentures varies from person to person. Some people may feel comfortable with their dentures right away, while others may take several weeks or even months to adjust. Here are some common experiences during the adjustment period:
- Sore spots: It’s normal to experience some discomfort or soreness when first wearing dentures, as the mouth is adjusting to the new prosthetics. This should resolve on its own or with the help of a denture professional.
- Slipping: Dentures may feel loose or slip when speaking or eating at first. This is also normal and can usually be resolved with the help of a denture adhesive.
- Speech difficulties: Some people may have trouble speaking clearly when first wearing dentures. This is usually temporary and will improve with time as the person gets used to the dentures.
- Eating difficulties: It may take some time to get used to eating with dentures, especially with harder or crunchy foods. Soft foods and small bites can help during the adjustment period.
It’s important to be patient and give yourself time to adjust to the dentures. Regular check-ups with a denture professional can help ensure that the dentures are fitting properly and make any necessary adjustments. With time and practice, wearing dentures should become a comfortable and natural part of daily life.
- Brush daily: Brush dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap or denture cleaner. Avoid using toothpaste, as it is too abrasive for dentures.
- Soak overnight: Soak dentures overnight in water or a denture-soaking solution to keep them hydrated and prevent them from drying out and losing their shape.
- Handle with care: Handle dentures carefully to avoid cracking or damaging them. Rinse them thoroughly before putting them in the mouth.
- Avoid hot water: Do not soak dentures in hot water, as this can cause them to warp.
- Regular check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with a denture professional to make sure dentures are fitting properly and to have them cleaned and adjusted if needed.
- Store properly: When not in use, store dentures in a safe place, such as a denture container or a glass of water to prevent them from drying out or getting damaged.
- Eat a balanced diet: Maintain a healthy and balanced diet to keep the mouth and gums healthy, which can prolong the life of dentures.
By following these tips and visiting a denture professional regularly, you can help keep your dentures in good condition and ensure they last for as long as possible.