If you have experienced tooth loss, you know how difficult certain once simple everyday tasks have become. Suddenly eating becomes a chore and it is almost impossible for others to understand you as you speak.
Dentures are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth and restoring these functions. Getting new dentures for the very first time is a learning process. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions asked by new denture owners to help you through your transition.
WILL DENTURES AFFECT MY SPEECH?
It will take some time to get used to your new dentures. As such, you will most likely have to get used to speaking. However, it isn’t that bad. You may experience a bit of lisping at first as you adjust to having a dental appliance in your mouth, but with time and practice, that will disappear as your tongue relearns where it needs to go to create original speech patterns.
WILL DENTURES INTERFERE WITH EATING?
As with speaking, eating will take a bit of time to adjust to. It may be awkward at first, but with a bit of time, and a few changes to how you used to eat with natural teeth, properly fitting dentures will make eating your favorite foods easy and enjoyable again.
WILL DENTURES ALTER MY APPEARANCE?
With older styles of dentures, it was often obvious that you were wearing them. But with the advancements in technology, today’s dentures look much more natural, blending in seamlessly with your mouth. They will get rid of sagging, sunken cheeks and give you a full, beautiful smile that looks completely natural.
HOW LONG WILL MY DENTURES LAST?
Dentures do not last forever. As time progresses, your jawbone naturally deteriorates, changing its shape. With normal and proper wearing and care, your dentures should last about 7 years. If you want a permanent solution to tooth loss, speak with your dentist about dental implants.
HOW DO I CARE FOR DENTURES?
Dentures should be removed every night for cleaning, and left to soak in a denture solution overnight. This not only cleans and disinfects them, it gives your gums a much-needed break. Before soaking, brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush. Use a denture cleaning paste.
Toothpaste contains abrasives that can ruin your dentures. Then, clean your gums with a soft bristled brush as well as your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth. And don’t forget to keep regular visits with your dentist to check for problems and make sure your mouth is healthy.
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