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Five Things You Should Know About Dentures

January 24th, 2008

dentures.jpgThis article by Sarah Borroum provides some good tips on what you should know about dentures and what to expect if you should ever need to go through the procedure of having them installed.

If your dentist tells you that you need dentures, you naturally have many questions. Having your teeth replaced with these prosthetics is a major change after all, and it’s not something that many denture wearers immediately embrace.

Many dentists will tell you as much as possible about what you can reasonably expect. However, it’s always good to learn as much as you can from any reliable source. If you’re about to get dentures, you should know these five things.

  • Today’s dentures look very much like natural teeth. A good dentist will use your skin tones and heritage to help you select the right shade for your new teeth. This dentist will also take measurements to be sure that your new teeth fit well in your mouth. Some dental labs will even offset a few teeth, just slightly, to make them look more natural. When everything heals up, you should have a natural-looking smile that you can be proud to show off.
  • There will be saliva. This is normal and will go away within a few days or so. Your mouth is full of foreign objects (your new dentures), so it is going to do what nature intended. You should keep towels handy to catch the extra drool for the first few days. Don’t worry, though: this will change soon enough.
  • You won’t be able to eat normally for a while afterward, but this gets better. At first, you’ll probably stick to soups and other similar foods. But as you heal, you’ll work your way back up to solid foods. Soon enough, you’ll be celebrating your new smile with your favorite meal.
  • Talking will be weird and sometimes difficult at first. You’ll have to learn how to form the words with the new dentures in your mouth. Some patients have lisps at first, in fact. But this will go away with practice. Just keep talking and your mouth will figure out what to do.
  • Your dentist can adjust your dentures if they make you uncomfortable or lead to sore spots in your mouth. Many dentists offer six months to a year of free aftercare, which includes these adjustments, so be sure to visit yours if you have any problems.

Overall, getting dentures is usually much more pleasant than the painful alternative. Knowing what you can reasonably expect after you get your new teeth will help you prepare for and deal with the things that will happen in the days and weeks afterward. You should, however, be sure to ask your dentist any other questions you might have – and contact him or her if something unexpected happens. Communicating with your dentist is the best way to take care of your new smile, especially during the healing process.

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