Dentures are a valuable restoration for many patients because they can provide proper functionality as well as appearance after tooth loss. At our Redlands office, convenient to those in the Redlands area, we see many patients who are thrilled to have their confidence back after dealing with missing teeth.
Wearing dentures is a big change for many people. While the intent of the appliance is to replace natural teeth, they often feel anything but natural to patients. This is completely normal. Over time, the mouth will begin to adapt to the dentures and adjust to functioning with them.
Our job as a dental provider is to work with you on customized dentures that fit correctly within your mouth. A proper fit helps ensure optimal functionality. This may mean that adjustments need to be made to address any difficulties that you are having.
Adjusting to dentures is a process that requires patience, time, and commitment. Learning how to take care of your mouth with a foreign, bulky feeling appliance can be frustrating. The best way patients can become used to the dentures is to wear them as often as possible to allow the gum tissue to adjust. Though it can be tempting to pull them out if they are uncomfortable, persistence wearing them will help your mouth, lips, and cheeks get used to them quicker.
Wearing dentures means that patients may have to learn a new way to bite and chew food. Eating is a task that will require practice. It is best to start with small bites of soft foods and slowly try foods with varying textures. Try to chew food in the back of the mouth and use both sides evenly to help keep the appliance in place.
If you develop soreness, the best way to handle them is with a warm salt-water rinse. This should go away with time but if it doesn’t, make an appointment for Dr. Vines to evaluate proper fit.
Dental implant supported dentures are also an option for patients who wish to have a solution that is integrated into the jawbone.
To schedule an evaluation for dentures, call Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today at [phone].