Dentures are a great solution for missing teeth problems. They are a way to restore the functions of your teeth, as well as give you back the confidence to smile.
Dentures have a natural look and can last up to ten years with the right care. But, if you want your dentures to last as long as possible, there are some things you can do to maximize their lifespan.
Common Dentures Problems
While dentures do restore your teeth, it can take a while to get used to them. So, it's important to be aware of the most common issues you can experience with your dentures:
- Your gums can suffer irritation
- You can experience difficulties when eating and speaking
- Dentures might move around in your mouth when not well secured
- You can also experience infections
- Soreness and discomfort are also very likely at the beginning
Ways to Prevent Dentures Complications
While it is normal to go through an adjustment period after getting dentures, it's important also to do your best to make sure both your mouth and your dentures are kept healthy by following your dentist’s recommendations.
- Dentures need time to adjust to your gums, and your mouth also needs time to adjust to them. Try rinsing your mouth with salt and water, massage your gums or take a painkiller to ease the discomfort.
- If you experience difficulties speaking, the best thing to do until your muscles and tongue get used to them is to practice speaking while wearing the dentures. Also, try to speak slowly and be aware of the movement of your mouth
- If you have trouble eating, or eating certain foods, give yourself time. Again, your mouth needs a period of adjustment to get used to the dentures. Start by avoiding foods that are difficult to chew. Gradually experiment with more foods while you start getting used to the dentures.
- Take small bites, chew the food slowly
- If you notice that your dentures are moving around, slipping, know that the gums need time to get used to them and have your tongue, gums, and the entire mouth lock on to them. If the problem persists, you can consider getting an adhesive, or follow the advice your dentist gives you.
- If your dentures do not fit anymore because the structure of your mouth has changed, get them readjusted at the dentist. Do not do this by yourself.
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For any other issues you might experience with dentures, let us know so we can address your specific needs and solutions.
At West Allen Dental, we’re passionate about serving Allen families with ethical, kindhearted care. If you’re looking for honest family dentistry in Allen, Dr. Natchi is here for you!
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