For many people, conventional dentures are the best way to replace missing teeth. Around for centuries, dentures have improved a great deal in recent years. Materials and techniques used today lead to a more natural smile, and are designed to aid in a better fit. When dentures are the chosen form of treatment, a greater sense of wellbeing can be created when you know what to expect.
A denture appliance is a foreign object to the existing oral structures. The new sensations that are felt can take some time to adjust to. We want you to feel good about your choice to replace teeth with dentures. When you get newdentures from your Corona, CA dentist, you will also receive follow up care that helps you transition into your new oral structure.
Time and patience pay off
Going home with new dentures can create certain challenges that require time and patience to overcome. Initially, having dentures in place may create a feeling of bulkiness and fullness, especially in the cheeks and lips. Take heart in these first days that soft tissues simply need time to adapt to the new oral structure. Greater comfort will come with familiarity.
Symptoms of new dentures may include excessive salivation, changes to taste, gagging, and difficulty speaking. Like the feeling of fullness, additional symptoms of new dentures will diminish as all of the tissues of the mouth learn to work together in a new way. If you experience a particular challenge, let us know. We are here to help you through your transition to denture wear.
As dentures are stabilized with suction, the feel of chewing will be very different. Learning to chew with dentures can be made easier by choosing softer foods in the beginning. As your muscles begin to work in unison with dentures, you can add in a greater variety of foods. To keep dentures more stable when chewing, use both sides of the mouth rather than just one. Chewing slowly at first may also help you retrain the mouth.
Considerations for lower dentures
Lower dentures are much smaller than upper dentures, which have a plate the sits on the palette. Lower dentures sit on top of the gums and are horseshoe shaped so that the tongue can move freely. This smaller design, situated on bone structure that is also smaller, can make the lower denture more unstable. One option for creating better stability in a lower denture is to have your dentist place a few dental implants into the jawbone. Dental implants are tiny cylinders that mimic teeth roots. Attached to implants, the lower denture can function more efficiently and more comfortably.
Your dental team at Absolute Dental has the experience to help you handle your various dental needs. Contact us today for your visit in our comfortable Corona dental office.