Having dentures can be an incredibly liberating thing. It allows you to look and feel like your best self, without the limitations that you’ve been living with for the past few years.
But getting dentures isn’t the same as having a healthy smile. It’s no secret that the teeth are the last thing people want to talk about.
Getting dentures can be emotionally difficult. You might feel like you’re missing out on something that’s truly yours.
That’s because dentures can also be a major commitment, especially if you’ve never had them before.
You might be scared that you’ll be losing all your natural teeth. You might also be worried about the cost of the procedure.
No matter what the reason might be, feeling confident and self-assured about your smile can be incredibly important.
Let’s discuss some of the things you might experience as you get your dentures.
1. Denture adjustment
Dentures are a permanent situation. You may feel a little nervous at first, but over time your anxiety will lessen.
Having your dentures adjusted is the first step in getting a new set of dentures you’ll be comfortable with.
At this appointment, your dentist will measure the gap between your upper and lower dentures and compare it to the size of your remaining teeth.
You’ll also get a full set of dental impressions to make your dentures. Your dentist will make adjustments to your dentures based on your impressions.
2. Denture insertion
When you get your dentures, you might not even notice them until you start to get used to them.
You may not be noticing them because your jaw is tightly clenched and your mouth is closed.
When you open your mouth, the dentures should be inserted without any problems.
If you have difficulty with the insertion, your dentist will show you how to relax your mouth to make the insertion easier.
3. Denture fitting
In the weeks and months following denture insertion, you may notice your gums become more sensitive.
This is normal. It means that your gums have adapted to the denture.
Your gums will continue to adjust as your dentures are inserted and adjusted.
You may be able to wear dentures for a few years before you have to get new ones.
4. Denture wearing
You might be used to wearing a denture for a few weeks or months before the denture becomes uncomfortable or too loose.
During this time, you’ll need to watch what you eat and drink.
If you decide to eat something too hot or cold, you might have to get a new set of dentures.
You may also want to ask your dentist for a recommendation on what to eat and drink, because they may have recommendations that make the dentures less painful for you.
Your dentist may have recommended you stick to soft foods that don’t put too much pressure on your gums, like yogurt and ice cream.
If you have a very tender or inflamed gums, you may want to avoid raw vegetables and salads.
If you have a sore mouth, you may want to avoid certain foods that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to talk with your dentist about what foods you should eat and avoid.
5. Denture removal
You might experience some discomfort from the removal of your dentures. This is because you might be sensitive to the dentures or the dentures might not fit properly.
Your dentist will gently remove your dentures and may show you how to massage your gums to prevent soreness.
They’ll also give you a small amount of anesthesia to help you feel more comfortable.
This is a quick appointment, though. You shouldn’t feel any pain.
6. Denture cleaning
After your dentures are removed from your mouth, your dentist will sterilize them.
They will also clean and polish the dentures. This is to ensure that the dentures are free of any bacteria or residue.
You might experience some soreness after your dentures are cleaned.
7. Denture maintenance
In the months and years after your dentures are inserted, you’ll need to get them checked every few months for staining or damage.
Your dentist will also clean and polish the dentures in between appointments.
They may also remove plaque from the inside of your dentures.
Dentures can help prevent you from getting cavities, but it’s important to keep your dentures clean and free of bacteria.
The longer you leave unsupervised, the more likely you’ll start to experience staining and other problems.
8. Denture fit
Your dentures should fit comfortably with your gums.
You may not wear them as tight as you used to.
To help ensure that your dentures fit properly, you’ll need to take your dentures out more often. You’ll also need to be more aware of how your mouth feels when you wear them.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your dentures, talk with your dentist about what you can do to make your mouth feel more comfortable.
9. Denture replacement
If you have a loose denture, your dentist may suggest replacing it.
They may suggest a new set of dentures or a removable partial denture.
Depending on the extent of the damage, they might also suggest a full set of new dentures.
10. Denture storage
Your dentist should store your dentures in a cool, dry place.
You should also keep your dentures out of the reach of children and pets.
When you want to take your dentures out for cleaning, you’ll need to clean them thoroughly.
This is because bacteria may be left inside your dentures.
This can lead to tooth decay and even gum disease.
To prevent this, you’ll need to clean your dentures at least twice a day.
Tips for caring for your dentures
If you’re looking for tips for keeping your dentures clean and comfortable, ask your dentist.
Some dentists may recommend special denture cleaning solutions to help clean your dentures.
If you’re in the habit of cleaning your dentures at least twice a day, you might want to consider investing in a special cleaning solution.
Your dentist may suggest you start by cleaning your dentures gently with a soft brush or special denture brush.
You’ll need to brush the dentures thoroughly but gently.
Your dentist may also recommend using a special denture brush to avoid damaging the dentures.
If you’re not sure which brush to use, ask your dentist. They may have recommendations for which type of brush is best for your dentures.
You can also ask for a cleaning solution that you can use on your dentures to remove any debris that may be trapped inside the dentures.
It’s important to clean your dentures thoroughly to remove the bacteria and avoid cavities and other dental problems.
You should also consider cleaning your dentures more often.
If you don’t clean your dentures properly, they’ll grow dirty and lose their shape.
The right dentures will help you eat and speak comfortably.
You’ll need to brush your dentures and clean them at least twice a day for best results.
After every cleaning, you’ll need to soak your dentures for 30 to 60 minutes in a special denture cleaning solution.
You’ll also need to take your dentures out for at least that length of time.
You should also follow up with a checkup with your dentist every six to 12 months to make sure that your dentures are keeping your mouth healthy.
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