Making the Switch to Dentures
If you’re considering a switch to dentures, you’ll likely have a lot of questions to ask: How will the dentures look on you? Will you be able to chew normally? Will they affect your speech?
Although dentures may take some getting used to, people all over the globe adjust to them in a few months. Don’t panic if you find them different when you first wear them. You’ll learn how to cope with them as the weeks pass by. But if they’re causing you a lot of pain or if you develop ulcers, visit your dentist to get things sorted out.
Dentures – What’s Normal and What’s Not
You’re likely to suffer from slight irritation and soreness for the first few days. The salivary glands will also produce more saliva when you put your dentures on the first few times. You can address this by sucking on a peppermint sweet soon after wearing your dentures. One common complaint is that the dentures feel loose when worn. This is normal and your gums will adjust to the dentures after a few hours have passed.
You may also feel your dentures are far too big for your mouth. This is because your lips, cheeks and tongue have to get used to them. Don’t let this embarrass you. They’re only sensations that will subside once you get used to wearing your dentures.
Although you might feel a bit sore in the mouth for the first 2 weeks, you shouldn’t be in extreme pain. If you can’t tolerate the dentures, your dentist will have to adjust them for a better fit. Pain and inflammation are not normal. So if this occurs make sure you schedule a dental visit.
- Speak and chew slowly for the first few days. Practise difficult words when you speak and chew on both sides so the dentures don’t shift in any direction.
- If you’ve recently extracted a few teeth, sleep with your dentures in. This will speed up healing. Also wear them during the day for as long as is possible. This should help you adjust quickly.
- If your dentures still feel a bit lose, you may have to use a denture adhesive. Always follow the instructions listed on the package and avoid using large amounts.
- Use a denture cleaner to soak your dentures each night. Brush them with a soft bristled brush and don’t use toothpaste on them.
- Dentures can break if they’re not handled properly. Store them in a safe place and take special care when you’re putting them in or taking them out of your mouth.
If any changes occur, notify your dental practitioner. It’s a good idea to schedule follow-up visits every 6 months. If you want another alternative to dentures, you could consider getting dental implants.
Dental Implants in Coburg
If you want to switch to dentures or dental implants visit the experienced dental practitioners at Coburg Dental Group. We offer general, preventive and family dentistry in North Melbourne and the wider area. Our trained staff and experienced dentists offer many services like teeth whitening, wisdom tooth removal, tooth restoration, and laser dentistry.
We also specialise in cosmetic dentistry. So if you want to treat cracked teeth, discoloured teeth or misaligned teeth, get in touch with us. Give us a ring on 03 9386 1805 to book an appointment with a certified cosmetic dentist or visit us online to learn about our services.