Getting Used to New Dentures
Tooth replacement therapy comes in many forms, the most common of these being dentures, or "false teeth". Whether your teeth are badly damaged and need to be pulled and replaced, or if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, dentures today are a comfortable, affordable method of total tooth replacement. If you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, partial dentures may be used to fill in one or more missing teeth.
As your Littleton area prosthodontist, we are the only dental office in town that are able to perform the design and fabrication of your dentures in our offices, ensuring the fit and comfort of your dentures.
Your new dentures may feel strange in your mouth at first, but you should adapt fairly quickly. In the beginning, your dentist may want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your gums will change shape and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced to maintain proper fit and comfort. Be sure to visit your dentist whenever you think your dentures may need adjustments.
When you are learning how to eat with your new dentures, it may be easier if you:
- Start with soft, non-sticky food
- Cut your food into small pieces
- Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth
Be careful when wearing dentures; it may be more difficult for you to feel hot foods and drinks, or to notice bones in your mouth from the food you’re eating, until you become accustomed to your new dentures.
Caring for your dentures
When cared for properly, your dentures will become the best possible tooth replacement alternative you could have made. Keep your dentures clean and free from food that can cause stains, bad breath, or swollen gums. Closely follow the directions your dentist gives you for cleaning and maintaining your dentures. Brush them every day with a denture care product. Take your dentures out of your mouth at night, and keep them in water or a denture-cleansing liquid.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.