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Tips for Adjusting to Dentures

Tips for Adjusting to Dentures

There’s nothing like a gap in your smile to ruin your confidence. So whether you’ve already lost a tooth or your dental professional has told you it needs to come out, you’re probably wondering about your options.

Fortunately, you have several. If you want a convenient way to replace everything from a single missing tooth to an arch of teeth, consider dentures. These replacement teeth have come a long way since the bone-and-wood days of old. Today, modern dentures excel in both form and function.

Our team offers dentures at our CaliDental offices across the central coast of California and Bakersfield. With these removable replacement teeth, you can get the smile you deserve.

However, it can take some time to get used to dentures. Here are a few tips to help you adjust. 

Modify your diet

During the first few weeks of wearing dentures, eating will probably feel different. To make the transition easier, we recommend choosing softer foods as you get used to your dentures. Select easy-to-chew options or cut things up into small pieces.

Give your gums time

You might feel some soreness in your gums. That’s normal. You don’t have roots to stabilize the teeth anymore, so your gums pick up the slack. They should adjust within a week or two. 

Visit us if the soreness persists or it’s uncomfortable. We can make tweaks that may help. 

Carry a tune

At first, talking with your new dentures might feel a little awkward. To speed up your adjustment to speaking with dentures, try singing. Sing in the shower, car, or wherever is comfortable. 

Since singing is less choppy than talking, it can help you learn the new mechanics of your dentures faster with less frustration. Plus, unlike carrying a conversation, you won’t have an audience. 

Get good glue

Our team can help you explore the variety of denture adhesives available today. Try different options to see what you like best. 

Stretch it out

Stretching the muscles of your mouth helps ease your transition into dentures. Those muscles might be sore from working slightly differently, so this can bring you relief and help you adjust faster. 

Open your mouth, slide your lower jaw from side to side, and flex the muscles in your mouth and jaw. Do this throughout the day so that the muscles in your mouth don’t contract for long periods.

Keep your dentures clean

Dentures change your oral hygiene routine. Our team helps you learn how to properly care for them, but be prepared for some adjustments. You might want to allow extra time in your morning and nighttime routines. 

Ultimately, dentures can transform your smile, but they require getting used to them. It gets easier when you have high-quality dentures that fit right. Call one of our five CaliDental offices nearest you to make an appointment for your dentures today.

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