Getting Used to Your Dentures

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Many people are under the impression that dentures are for senior citizens. The truth is that adults of all ages may be missing one or more teeth, or they may have some teeth that need to be replaced. You may be surprised to learn that many younger adults have successfully boosted their smile with full or partial dentures.

No matter your age, if you are getting dentures, there will be a period of adjustment. This is especially true if you have been living with missing teeth for some time. Even if you have had a full smile all your life, you will still need some time to get used to your dentures. At first, your dentures may feel bulky in your mouth. They may slip or “float” until you are used to wearing them, and your mouth may create more saliva for the first few days. That is normal and will pass in time. While your dentures may feel odd at first, they should not cause you any pain or pressure, If you are experiencing either, let your dentist know so that your dentures can be adjusted.

Eating and speaking may be a bit of a challenge at first. You might need to cut your food into smaller pieces to make it easier to chew. If the food is a little tough, you might try cutting it into long strips and chewing on both sides of your mouth. If you find it difficult to pronounce some words, try practicing them in private or speaking them slowly for a while.

If you need to replace one or more of your teeth, or dentist, Dr. Everett Eklund will be happy to see you to discuss your options. To make an appointment at Potomac Dental Centre in Hagerstown, Maryland, call 240-329-2398 today.