If your dentist has recommended dentures to replace missing teeth, you may have some reservations about them, or simply want to know more information about what having dentures is like. Here are some common questions (FAQ) people have about dentures.
What will they feel like?
When you first get dentures, they may feel strange for a few weeks. They may feel loose while your cheek and tongue muscles learn to keep them in place. You may experience a little soreness as well, but as your mouth grows accustomed to having dentures, these problems should fade.
Will I be able to eat with them?
You will be able to eat with your dentures in place, but it will take a little practice. At first, start with soft foods cut into small pieces. While chewing, use both sides of your mouth. This will prevent the dentures from tipping. As you get used to chewing with dentures, you can add your favorite foods back into your normal diet. Just be cautious with hot or hard foods.
Will having dentures change how I speak?
Pronouncing words normally may require practice. A good trick to adapt is to read out loud and repeat troublesome words. If your dentures click while talking, speak more slowly. Your dentures may also slip when you laugh, cough or smile. When this happens, gently bite down and swallow. If you continue to have speaking problems, talk to your dentist.
Should I take the dentures out at night?
When you first get your dentures, your dentist will talk to you about how long you should wear them and when you can remove them. At first, you may be asked to wear them all the time to see how your mouth adjusts to the fit. If your dentures are not fitting properly, wearing them continually will tell you and your dentist where they need to be adjusted. After that, you’ll most likely change to taking them out at night.
Do I brush them like regular teeth?
The best way to clean dentures is to remove them and rinse them. It’s also useful to brush them and rinse out your mouth, but make sure that you use denture cleanser and not toothpaste on your dentures. You can also soak them overnight and make sure that you don’t let them dry out.
If you’re looking to regain your smile, talk to your dentist about the options you have available to you.