Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Dentures have come a long way since they were first invented. Some dentures are designed to work along with dental implants for greater ease while chewing and speaking. When these dentures aren’t an option, we’re pleased to offer both flexible and rigid dentures. 

Regardless of the type you decide on, adjusting to daily life with dentures can take time and patience. Dr. Adams and the rest of our team at Dental Care By Design share the following steps that can help ease this process.

Stay on top of your treatment plan

If you’ve had teeth extracted, which is common before using dentures, your mouth will need time to heal. The length of this healing time varies from person to person. For these reasons, it’s important to take any prescribed medication. Meanwhile, make sure to schedule any recommended follow-up visits. At these appointments, we can track your progress, answer your questions, and address any challenges that have cropped up. 

Brush daily, without toothpaste

Brushing and rinsing your dentures is important for your health and hygiene. You will need to adjust your usual habits, however, because regular toothpaste is too abrasive for the devices. Simply brush your dentures with water, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do so gently, covering all surfaces and doing your best not to damage the plastic or attachments. Brush at least twice a day and rinse your dentures after every meal. At least once each day, wash your dentures with mild soap or denture cleaner. 

Consider singing for better speech

Learning to talk normally with dentures may take time and practice. One way to enhance the process involves slowly singing smooth phrases. Doing so can help you learn to form particular words more easily with the devices in place. Music stimulates your cerebellum, the part of your brain responsible for coordinating muscle movements, and may enhance your moods.

Set realistic goals

Give yourself time to adjust to your dentures, keeping in mind that wearing them will gradually feel more natural. Don’t beat yourself up if you stumble over words or feel uncomfortable or embarrassed early on. If you experience minor soreness, which isn’t uncommon, let us know, and we can adjust your dentures for a better fit. You can also take periodic breaks from wearing your dentures every four hours or so for added comfort. 

If you live in the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater area and need support regarding your denture use, you can learn much more by contacting our office. We’re happy to assist you as you adjust to life with dentures.

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