If you have missing teeth due to decay or injury, dentures are a great option to restore your smile and make it easier to talk and eat. However, they may feel awkward at first. To help you get adjusted to your new smile, let’s look at 5 tips to help you get used to wearing dentures in Sioux Falls.
1. Set Realistic Expectations
Your dentures are pretty much guaranteed to feel weird at first. After all, they are foreign objects in your mouth. Don’t expect to get used to the way they feel right away. You will experience some soreness at first, but your mouth will adjust as time goes on.
If your discomfort persists, try visiting your dentist in Sioux Falls. They can readjust your dentures to relieve some of your pain while you mouth is still getting used to them. In addition, taking out your dentures every four hours or so can give your jaw and gums a chance to rest.
Eating can be difficult right after getting dentures. To help your mouth get used to the change, start by eating soft foods cut up into small pieces, and gradually work your way up to harder foods as your mouth heals.
2. Practice Speaking
Chewing isn’t the only thing that becomes harder after getting dentures. You’ll have to get used to a brand-new way of talking. One way to get adjusted to the way dentures fit in your mouth is by singing. Singing smooth and fluid phrases slowly can help you get used to forming words more easily so speaking with dentures in won’t feel like such a hassle.
3. Work Out Your Cheeks
Building up strength in your cheek muscles in the first few weeks of having dentures, or even before getting dentures, can help you control your eating process more efficiently. If your cheek muscles hurt even after weeks of exercising them, talk to your dentist, as that could be a sign that your dentures do not fit properly.
4. Try Out Denture Adhesive
Ask your dentist which denture adhesives they would recommend. Experiment with a few of them to find the option that works best for you. A small amount of adhesive can greatly help to reduce irritation associated with early denture wear. However, if your dentures are repeatedly not staying firmly attached, they may need to be readjusted. When in doubt, talk to your dentist.
5. Stay on Top of Your Treatment Plan
Everyone heals differently, but it’s important to always follow your dentist’s instructions during the healing process. Take any medication your dentist has prescribed to help you deal with any initial discomfort. Also, don’t skip any of your follow-up appointments. These visits are important for making sure you are recovering in a timely and healthy manner. If there are problems with your dentures, your dentist can spot them at these appointments and fix them right away.
Ultimately, the best thing to do when you’ve just gotten dentures is to pay attention to what your dentists says. Make sure to stay on top of your oral hygiene as well. Brush your tongue and gums before you insert dentures. Brush the dentures as well to help prevent staining.
About the Author
Dr. Kari Bolen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE. In 2011, she moved back to her hometown of Sioux Falls, SD to practice at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls. She strives to help every patient feel comfortable at their appointments. To learn more about how she can help restore your smile with dentures, click here or call (605)-339-0219.