When you begin using your dentures you can expect a period of time to pass before you are fully comfortable with your new smile. Fortunately there are a number of suggestions you can follow to make the transition smoother.
Keep in mind it may take a few weeks to become familiar with your dentures. The tissues of your gums are adjusting at the same time as you are to the feel and use of the dentures. As your mouth heals, living with the dentures will become second nature for your mouth and for you.
Often the lower denture is harder to manage than the upper, so give yourself more time to get used to that portion. Be careful as you may bite down on your tongue or cheeks until you are more used to the dentures.
Wear The Dentures
Follow the advice of your denturist, keeping the dentures inserted even if there is initial discomfort. Placing the dentures over the bony ridges will assist in helping the mouth to heal appropriately after any extractions. Do not be surprised if the dentures feel a bit large. As your mouth grows used to the dentures they will become easier to tolerate and to use and they will fit more securely.
Daily wear is essential as the structures of the mouth will fit to the dentures over time, but only if they are worn consistently. Any pain or irritation should subside if given a few days. If this does not happen, make an appointment to see your Calgary denturist but continue to wear the dentures. It is crucial that the areas where the dentures rub or fit poorly are obvious to your denturist, and this will happen only if the wear pattern can be seen.
Practice Eating And Speaking
As these are replacements for your own teeth, you will need to become adept at wearing the dentures while speaking and eating. Biting and chewing with your new teeth will require a slightly different approach than that used with your natural teeth, but following a few simple tips will ensure you are soon eating a wide range of delicious foods. Similarly speaking with your new dentures will require a few simple techniques to keep your speech clear and easy to understand.
Biting And Chewing Tips
Resist the instinct to bite and pull at your food with your front teeth. Instead, push food to the sides of your dentures and bite down there, relying more on the teeth in the middle and back portion of your mouth. Cutting your food into smaller pieces will limit your need to bite, and you can chew the smaller portions by evenly spreading the food between both sides of your mouth. Chew up and down, evenly distributing the food.
Start with softer food and practice eating at home before showing off your new smile at a restaurant or a dinner party. Go slowly and add foods as you become successful at chewing them. Take care with foods that have seeds or hard particles like nuts, as they can get stuck under your dentures.
Avoid sticky foods like caramels or chewing gum. Foods like apple or corn on the cob may still be enjoyed, but you may need to cut the fruit in slices or use a knife to remove the corn until you are more adept at eating with dentures.
Your body may react to new dentures as though they are food when first placed in your mouth, causing more saliva than usual to be produced. This will reduce over time. Be sure to drink plenty of water or other fluids to help manage this and the food you are eating. Be very careful with hot liquids as it may be hard to estimate how warm they are as your dentures do not register temperature as you natural teeth did.
The dentures may temporarily affect your ability to speak clearly. Practice before going out into public by trying tongue twisters or simply reading out load or talking to your pets or back to the television. Work on speaking slowly and making sure the dentures are seated properly before talking by biting down evenly and swallowing.
Clean Equals Pleasant Smelling
Avoid distracting and objectionable smells by keeping your dentures clean. Your denturist and office staff will be able to advise you on proper cleaning products and procedures. Used regularly they will keep your new smile attractive looking and smelling.
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