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Adjusting to Life With Dentures

If you’re missing some or all your teeth but don’t feel ready to commit to dental implants, you’re not alone. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and more than 36 million have lost all their teeth.  

Today, about 23 million seniors are missing all their teeth, and 12 million more are missing some or all their upper or lower teeth. As Baby Boomers get older, the number of people with missing teeth will continue to increase. 

For many Americans, dentures are the preferred solution to missing teeth. That’s because advances in technology mean dentures aren’t awkward, bulky devices of yesteryear.  

Today’s dentures make it easy to adjust to life because they’re lighter, fit better, and look more natural.

Nazila Satvat, DDS, and the highly-skilled team at Brightleaf Dental in Santa Monica, California, provide high-quality, durable dentures to patients coping with missing teeth. Our custom-made, removable dentures help patients get back to eating, speaking, and smiling naturally and easily. 

Even though dentures have advanced, there is still an adjustment period as your mouth adapts to functioning normally with dentures. Here's Dr. Satvat’s advice on how to adjust to life with dentures.  

The breaking-in period

When you receive your dentures, Dr. Satvat will provide you with suggestions to help break them in. Be sure to wear them as instructed to help the process go quickly and smoothly.  

While it’s normal to assume wearing new dentures for even longer than instructed will accelerate the break-in process, it’s actually not helpful. In fact, too much time in new dentures leads to sores, discomfort, and infection. 

At the same time, not spending enough time in new dentures means your mouth won’t adjust quickly. As a result, you’ll have a more difficult time adjusting to your new teeth. 

For the best results and to adjust comfortably in the least amount of time possible, follow Dr. Satvat’s recommendations. 

Routine care of dentures

It’s important to care for your dentures regularly. When not in use, treat them carefully and store them in a cleaner or water. Be sure to use cool or room temperature water as hot water can damage dentures. 

At least once per day, brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush and soapy water. Also, rinse your mouth without your dentures daily to keep infection at bay.  

Inspect your mouth and gums for sores or signs of infection on a regular basis, and keep all dental appointments. During your visit to Brightleaf Dental, Dr. Satvat will check your oral health and let you know when it’s time for a new set of dentures. 

Practice makes perfect

At first, new dentures can feel awkward — especially when eating or talking. Practicing these everyday activities will get you feeling comfortable faster.  

First, practice eating with your dentures in with soft foods like mashed potatoes or soup. Be sure to avoid hard or sticky foods and gum.  

As you continue to practice at home, add in a variety of foods to learn how your dentures respond to different textures and hardness. You’ll soon know which foods you’re most comfortable with and make adjustments as needed before taking on a restaurant or group meal. 

You’ll also want to practice speaking with new dentures to your friends and family, before making conversation in a public setting. One easy way to do this is by reading out loud. This will help your mouth adjust to speaking with dentures. Before you know it, speaking with dentures will come naturally.

Know when to see your dentist

It always takes some time to get used to new dentures, After a few months, your dentures should be comfortable enough for you to enjoy everyday activities without a second thought.

However, if you experience more discomfort or constant slippage, Dr. Satvat can make the necessary adjustments.  

In addition, regularly check for problem signs, which may mean an oral infection. If you experience any of the below, call Dr. Setvat right away:

If you’re tired of dealing with missing teeth, contact Brightleaf Dental to learn more about today’s dentures or schedule a consultation online today.

Dr. Nazila Satvat

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