Adjusting to Life With Dentures

When you think of someone getting dentures, you might imagine an older adult. In reality, people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults under 65, sometimes need full or partial dentures.

Getting used to wearing and caring for dentures can be an adjustment, but if our team of family and pediatric dentists at Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, recommends them for you or your child, we’ll have you wearing and caring for your dentures like a pro. Follow these tips to help you acclimate to living life with dentures.

About dentures

Dentures are well-made synthetic teeth constructed to replace some or all of your natural teeth. Our dentists might recommend dentures if multiple teeth have been lost. Dentures are also a more affordable solution for replacing a lost tooth than dental implants.

When you are missing some or all of your teeth, dentures help with eating, speaking, and maintaining the structure of your face and beautiful smile. Dentures can either be full dentures that replace all teeth or partial dentures that replace some teeth. 

Easy Dental Care’s dentures specialist, Zuwena Abraham, DDS, recommends the best dentures option for you or your child.

Getting used to living with dentures

Getting dentures requires some changes in your routine. After getting dentures, here’s how you can start to adjust.

Expect an initial period of adjustment to wearing dentures

It can take several weeks to get used to wearing dentures. At first, dentures can cause some soreness or irritation, as well as increased saliva production; but with time, your muscles adjust and comfortably maintain the positioning of the dentures throughout the day.

If your child is the family member getting dentures, encourage them to continue to wear their dentures during the adjustment period. With patience, you or your child’s dentures will feel just like healthy, natural teeth.

Learn to care for your dentures

Every night, you need to care for dentures just as you would care for your natural teeth. Use a denture cleaner recommended by Dr. Abraham to clean your dentures after taking them out, then place your dentures in a denture solution overnight.

It’s also important to make sure you brush your gums, as well as any remaining natural teeth, after removing your dentures. This maintains gum health and keeps your circulation in the area strong.

Dentures are delicate, so if your child is getting dentures, teach them to carefully handle their dentures. Always stand over a sink filled with water or a towel while holding your dentures to keep them from breaking if they get dropped.

Practice eating and speaking

Eating with dentures is a bit different than doing so with natural teeth. Initially, cut your food into small pieces, and favor softer foods until you get used to eating with them. Make sure to avoid foods that are difficult to chew with dentures, like sticky and hard foods.

Speaking can also be difficult initially with dentures. Practice speech in private with your child, or if you’re getting the dentures, with a loved one or trusted friend until you feel comfortable speaking in public.

Keep seeing your dentist

Dr. Abraham recommends patients with dentures see the dentist as frequently as patients with natural teeth. This means you or your child should keep getting dental cleanings every six months.

At your routine checkup, Dr. Abraham also checks your dentures to ensure they’re in good condition and don’t need any adjustments. You should make an appointment at Easy Dental Care if your dentures appear broken or stop fitting properly.

For more information about getting dentures for yourself or a loved one, call our office or request an appointment online today.

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