30 Sep Solving Common Denture Problems
Your teeth and gums have been evaluated for dentures and you’re on your way to a shiny new set of dentures. Not only can Dr. Daniel Allen create a set of partial or full dentures that resemble the look of natural teeth, but he can design a pair fit just for you so that you can chew more efficiently and smile without being self-conscious. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also nerve-wracking.
There are common denture problems that almost everyone encounters when they first get a set of partial or full dentures. It’s completely normal! Here’s what to expect as you adjust to your new lifestyle.
- Communication Delivery
You’ve had teeth in your mouth your entire life, but dentures often feel like a foreign object. Moving your tongue around them to form correct sounds and pronunciation can be challenging. One of the most common denture problems among new patients is trouble speaking. We advise them to practice in private by reading aloud or singing. It all comes with practice and time, and the uncomfortable feeling will go away soon. You’ll feel confident in your speech and smile in no time!
- Trouble Eating
Biting down and chewing with new dentures is difficult. Like speaking, it takes practice and adjustments. Dentures are known to slip out of position while chewing and some foods get stuck, causing discomfort. When you first receive dentures, try to avoid foods with nuts and seeds. For the first week, stick to soft and easy foods that can be cut into smaller pieces or require little chewing. This will keep your dentures stable and help avoid sticking and discomfort. This will pass over time and you’ll soon be eating like normal again.
Your normal teeth are securely held into your gums and jaw; your muscles are not required to work to keep them into place. Dentures are the exact opposite. When you have dentures, the muscles in your cheeks, tongue and lips have to work together and keep them in place. It’s a tough job and they get tired! Sometimes when you laugh, eat, cough, talk, or smile, your dentures may slip out of position. If it happens, gently reposition them by biting down and swallowing. Your muscles will adjust and learn how to hold them in place. However, there is denture adhesive that can help. If you find it’s a common denture problem that is not going away over time, come back to Dr. Allen and he will adjust them to fit more snugly.
- Caring for Dentures
Caring for your natural teeth typically involves brushing twice a day and flossing. Dentures require a different routine. You still need to brush them daily to prevent stains and remove plaque, but not with regular toothpastes. Instead, dishwashing liquid or mild hand soaps are often suggested to safely clean dentures to avoid scratches. Carefully remove the dentures from your mouth so that you don’t drop them and chip a tooth. During your appointment with Dr. Allen, you will be provided with instructions on how to best care for your dentures.
Whether you suffer from gum disease, an injury or age, there are countless reasons why people need dentures – and our office is here to help. Dentures in New Braunfels are common, and often a top choice for the right candidates. Please contact our office today at (830) 625-2222 to schedule your initial consultation.