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Dentures in Budd Lake
If you are thinking about getting dentures, or your Budd Lake dentist has recommended you get them, you probably have a lot of questions. Dentures or “false teeth” as they are more commonly known have been a reliable oral tool for centuries. But in the 21st century, the dentures you can use are quite a bit different from the wooden substitutes of centuries past. Here are some of the more common questions about dentures answered for you.
Regular dentures are a full replacement of both sets of teeth, both upper and lower. Partial dentures are any number of configurations for people that may still have some functioning teeth remaining that they wish to keep. This includes some back teeth, front teeth, or any other combination.
HOW WILL MY MOUTH FEEL WITH DENTURES?
As with anything we use on a regular basis such as spectacles or braces, there will be an adjustment period with dentures where they will feel strange and foreign. You may feel like you have a “full mouth.” There may be a hyperawareness of your lips being pushed forward; you may even feel like your teeth are too big and taking up too much space in your mouth. Your mouth, sensing that there is something inside, will likely mistake this to mean there is food present, and you may salivate more at first.
These feelings will eventually subside after about 14 days as your mouth adjusts to the new dentures. During this initial adjustment period, you may be advised to wear the dentures all the time, only taking them out for cleaning. Once the adjustment period is over, your dentist will consult with you on an appropriate time to remove your dentures for long periods of time to give your gums a rest. Normally this would be at night when it’s time to sleep.
WILL DENTURES AFFECT MY SPEECH?
If you’ve ever had the experience of wearing braces, then you know there was also an adjustment period where your speech patterns were affected. So, the answer here is “yes, at first.” The most likely phonetics to be affected at first will be “S,” “Sh,” “Th” and “Ch” sounds. This is because your tongue is now in a slightly different position from what you are used to. There may also be a new whistling or hissing sound that accompanies your speech.
Regular speaking will eventually retrain you to regain proper pronunciation of words. However, if you’d like to speed up this process, then either read out loud to yourself for a few days or be aggressive about conversation in the initial days after you receive your dentures. You will eventually adjust to the differences, compensate, and speak normally.
HOW WILL DENTURES AFFECT EATING?
In most cases, dentures will ultimately not affect your eating habits, but some retraining will be required. Some people adjust to eating with dentures after a few weeks. Others may take up to six months to feel comfortable. However, any food that requires hard biting down with the front teeth, such as corn on the cob, or an apple may always present some challenges.
As with any new addition to your daily living habits, practice will eventually lead to comfort and mastery of your new dentures. But if you have any specific questions or concerns about their use and care, you should always refer them to your dentist and get some reliable, professional advice. Contact our team at Gentle Family Dentistry today for more information.