Getting Dentures: What to Expect

With an estimated 49 million adults in the United States wearing dentures, there are lots of lessons learned about wearing them. Virtually everyone will say that it took a little adjustment time before they were comfortable and confident with their new teeth. It can help to know what to expect with wearing dentures at first.

Your dentures may feel very strange the first day you get them. They can seem too big for your mouth, and as though your lips are out of place. These strange sensations will disappear with time. You may also notice more saliva than usual in your mouth. This is a natural response of your mouth as it grows accustomed to the appliance.

A liquid diet is recommended by many dentists for the first couple of days after getting dentures. Then you may begin eating soft foods, like cooked vegetables, eggs, and fish. Take small bites and chew slowly. Avoid biting into foods with your front teeth.

Mouth soreness from your dentures should go away after a few days. If it lasts longer than a week, call your dentist to ask if you should be seen. You may experience minor mouth sores for the first couple of weeks that you wear dentures. This is normal as you give your mouth time to adjust. If the sores are severe, call your dentist.

Dentists recommend that you remove your dentures for a minimum of eight hours each day to give your gums a rest. Most patients do this at night while sleeping. Your dentist will provide instructions about how to care for your dentures and where to store them when not wearing them. Be sure to follow the instructions for care to ensure that your dentures last as long as possible.

 

 

 

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Dental Implants: The Good and the Bad

Gaps or holes in your smile caused by missing teeth can cause embarrassment and difficulty eating or speaking. Dental implants have been developed as a reliable and natural method of tooth replacement. It involves implanting an artificial root into the jaw so that it ultimately becomes part of your jawbone, and placing a crown on top to create a new tooth. The procedure has become very popular, but as with most things there are both good and bad qualities about the treatment. Consider these pros and cons as you make your decision whether implants are right for you.

Advantages

  • Look, feel, and function like real teeth
  • Do not slip, even during eating and speaking
  • No embarrassing sounds or messy pastes
  • Don’t affect neighboring teeth
  • Titanium material allows normal biting force
  • Permanent restoration
  • Restore confidence and youthful look

Disadvantages

  • Risks exist as with any surgery
  • Pain, bruising, or swelling can occur at implant site
  • Temporary bruising or swelling can occur to face and gums
  • Damage to adjacent nerves may result in pain or numbness in the area
  • Infections sometimes occur
  • Requires several dental visits to complete the process

 

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Denture Adhesives Explained

When you wear dentures, you want to be sure that they look, feel, and work well. You should be confident that your dentures will remain in place securely, so that you’re not concerned with them slipping during wear. To avoid this problem, dental adhesives are a good solution for holding your dentures in place.

Do I always need adhesives?
Although not always necessary, adhesives help you achieve confidence that your dentures will stay in place. Using adhesives is especially important when you expect to be eating something sticky or hard. Also, they are helpful if you’re going to be talking a lot or playing a musical instrument. When you are taking cold medicine or other contributors to a dry mouth, adhesives are a good idea.

When are adhesives not recommended?
Adhesives are not a remedy for appliances that fit incorrectly, because the product can contribute to pain and mouth sores for ill-fitting dentures. If your dentures don’t fit well, see your dentist for an adjustment. Also, when you’re not going to be able to practice good dental hygiene, don’t apply adhesives before wearing your dentures. Finally, stop using adhesives until you see your dentist if you experience an allergic reaction to the product.

Are there different types?
There are two primary types of adhesives. Paste is applied to the appliance when it is wet, and you clean the paste off if it oozes outside of the dentures. The other type is powder adhesive, which you sprinkle thinly on the side of the denture that touches your gums. Many users prefer powder adhesive because it is less messy. With either type you choose, begin with a small amount to see how much you need to feel comfortable and confident. You can always apply more if needed.

Are there any risks for using adhesives?
If you follow the instructions for use and your dentures fit properly, adhesives are usually safe. Swollen gums and pain may occur if you do not follow the directions, so as with any medication, it’s best to stick with the usage guidelines.

 

 

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Problems with your Dentures

If you have chosen dentures to restore the function and appearance of your mouth, you certainly want them to do their job. Typically, if fitted correctly and you follow the instructions for use and care, dentures are a good solution. However, it’s possible for problems to arise so it’s important to recognize issues and how to handle them.

One key thing about dentures is that they must fit properly. If not, problems like gum irritation, difficulty eating and speaking, mouth infections, and denture movement may occur. Also, if you don’t keep your mouth clean and healthy, problems will likely appear.

If you experience any issues with your mouth after getting dentures, see your dentist right away. It’s possible that over time, your bones and gums can change and alter the fit of your dentures. When this happens, your dentist must determine if modification, adjustment, or replacement is needed. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself.

Here are some things you can do at home to keep your dentures in good condition:
•    Handle them carefully. When holding your dentures, place a towel on the counter or stand over a water-filled sink. This will protect them if you drop them.
•    Keep dentures out of reach of children and pets.
•    Do not sleep with your dentures in your mouth.
•    Clean them daily according to your dentist’s instructions. This includes soaking them overnight in a denture cleanser, cleaning them well each morning before wearing them, and cleaning your mouth carefully before inserting the dentures. Use a soft brush or one designed for dentures, plain soap or cleanser recommended by your dentist, and warm water. Never use bleach or household cleansers.
•    Store your dentures in warm water or denture cleaning solution. Do not use hot water, which can cause them to lose their shape.
•    Do not use toothpicks because they can damage dentures.

Wearing dentures may be tricky at first, and it may take some time to grow accustomed to them. However, if you care for them well and see your dentist for routine checkups, you can avoid most of the problems that denture-wearers sometimes encounter.

 

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Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants

Tooth loss can ruin an otherwise attractive smile, negatively impacting your mouth function as well as your confidence. Whether the cause is something like tooth decay, trauma, or aging, the end result of losing any of your teeth can be devastating. Luckily, dental implants provide you with a possible solution.

Implants have the reputation of offering the same secure feeling as a natural tooth because it is permanently implanted. It usually requires about three dental visits for a dental implant procedure. On the first visit, the dentist will examine the gap created by your missing teeth, look at your remaining teeth, and consider the strength of your jaw. Those characteristics will help the dentist advise you on the ideal restorative approach for your condition. If a dental implant is recommended, an x-ray will be taken to evaluate your bone density and gum situation. Then the specific type of implant best for you will be identified.

There are two main techniques for dental implants used by most dentists:
•    The most common implant used is called the Endosteal, in which a titanium screw is surgically inserted into your jawbone. This technique requires local anesthesia. After your gum surrounding the screw heals, the dentist creates an impression of the gap so that a prosthetic tooth can be made just for you. The replacement tooth is then permanently adhered to the implant.
•    Another technique is the Subperiosteal, which is recommended for patients who lack bone strength or jaw height. A titanium dental implant is positioned on your jawbone through your gum, but not actually inserted into the bone. Once the implant is secure and your gum has healed, a dental crown is placed on the post to replace the missing tooth.

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Choosing a Denture Adhesive

One of the most important things about wearing dentures is finding a secure grip. You don’t want them to come loose while you’re eating, talking, or doing anything else for that matter. You also don’t want to spend forever trying to clean them, so the goal is to select a strong adhesive that works without the mess. It may take some time to experiment to see which you like best. Here are some types of adhesives and descriptions of each to help you choose.

Denture cream
Cream adhesive usually provides the strongest grip, but some wearers dislike it because it’s often more difficult to clean from the mouth and teeth. Glue residue can usually be pulled off gradually, and using a soft but abrasive cloth can remove glue from the gums. If adhesive remnants are swallowed, it can cause an uncomfortable sticky feeling in the esophagus.

Denture powder
If the hassles with denture cream aren’t for you, denture powder is another option. You sprinkle the powder onto the interior part of the dentures, and then place the teeth in your mouth and press firmly. The natural moisture in your mouth mixes with the powder to create a paste, which is much less messy than denture cream. However, you do give up some of the power of creams because the grip with denture powder is less secure.

Denture wafers or strips
A newer type of adhesive, denture wafers or strips have double-stick sides which firmly attach the dentures to your mouth. These are very simple to use and remove, and are not messy. They are also comfortable thanks to the extra cushion the strips provide between your mouth and the dentures. Denture wafers do not form the same type of barrier that other denture adhesives provide though, so food can become trapped between the dentures and your gums.

 

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Choosing a Denture Adhesive

One of the most important things about wearing dentures is finding a secure grip. You don’t want them to come loose while you’re eating, talking, or doing anything else for that matter. You also don’t want to spend forever trying to clean them, so the goal is to select a strong adhesive that works without the mess. It may take some time to experiment to see which you like best. Here are some types of adhesives and descriptions of each to help you choose.

Denture cream
Cream adhesive usually provides the strongest grip, but some wearers dislike it because it’s often more difficult to clean from the mouth and teeth. Glue residue can usually be pulled off gradually, and using a soft but abrasive cloth can remove glue from the gums. If adhesive remnants are swallowed, it can cause an uncomfortable sticky feeling in the esophagus.

Denture powder
If the hassles with denture cream aren’t for you, denture powder is another option. You sprinkle the powder onto the interior part of the dentures, and then place the teeth in your mouth and press firmly. The natural moisture in your mouth mixes with the powder to create a paste, which is much less messy than denture cream. However, you do give up some of the power of creams because the grip with denture powder is less secure.

Denture wafers or strips
A newer type of adhesive, denture wafers or strips have double-stick sides which firmly attach the dentures to your mouth. These are very simple to use and remove, and are not messy. They are also comfortable thanks to the extra cushion the strips provide between your mouth and the dentures. Denture wafers do not form the same type of barrier that other denture adhesives provide though, so food can become trapped between the dentures and your gums.

 

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Considering Dental Implants

Missing teeth may be viewed as a badge of honor for some hockey players or boxers, but very few other people share the same enthusiasm. Holes in your smile from missing teeth can cause pain, embarrassment, and difficulty performing tasks that you usually take for granted. When you experience the hassles of missing teeth, it’s time to think about getting dental implants.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw, followed by a crown that is attached to the post. They are secured permanently in your jaw, and don’t require adjacent teeth for support. There are several advantages to renewing your smile with dental implants. Let’s explore those benefits as you consider whether dental implants are right for you.

Eating
Dental implants will help you eat more comfortably. Because implants are permanently anchored into your gums, they remain secure while you eat. Also, they feel like your regular teeth so you should not experience any discomfort while chewing or biting foods.

Speaking
Often, your ability to speak clearly will improve after dental implants. Missing teeth often affect your speech, depending on their location, causing slurs or lisps or other impediments. With implants which look and feel like regular teeth, sounds that were hard to create before implants will be easier to form afterwards.

Self esteem
Your confidence level and self esteem will grow as a result of getting dental implants. Most people are self conscious about gaps in their smiles due to missing teeth, so having your smile restored with implants gives you the confidence you need to laugh freely.

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