Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Although dentures have been used to replace teeth for centuries, you should know that this dental technology has changed a lot since your grandparents’ day! Advances in materials and customization mean that your dentures are more comfortable and easy to adjust to than ever.

At Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill, Nupur Gupta, DDS and her team can fit you for a new set of dentures. The Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill team provides ongoing support to new and existing patients with dentures from around the Pleasant Hill, California area. Here’s what Dr. Gupta wants her patients to know about life with dentures, and how long it will take to adjust to a new set.

The many benefits of dentures

Tooth loss can happen, especially with age. If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, dentures might be the best way to protect your oral and digestive health and let you keep enjoying favorite foods and activities. With today’s dentures, you can rapidly transition to speaking, eating, and everyday life, even after tooth loss.

The Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill team takes a cast of your unique mouth. Your dentures are manufactured just for you, to give you the greatest possible comfort and utility, with a minimum of adjustment issues. When you get your new dentures, our team shows you the new routine you’ll need to use to keep your dentures clean and free from potentially harmful oral bacteria.

Like any significant change in your mouth, dentures can take a little while to get used to. After you get your first set of dentures, you should expect to go through an adjustment period. Once you’ve adjusted all the way, your dentures can become almost unnoticeable, just another part of your daily routine.

Getting through the transition to dentures

Initially, take steps to protect your mouth and gums during your transition into using dentures. Stick to soft, easy to eat foods for a while, and gradually start adding more challenging options to your menu as you grow more confident and comfortable with your new dentures.

Stiff, new materials, such as new dentures, can irritate sensitive areas of your mouth. If you take breaks as needed to let your mouth adjust, you can have lasting comfort once your mouth is all “broken in” and used to your new dentures. If any mouth sores show up as you’re getting used to your dentures, contact the Perfect Smiles Dental team for an adjustment and any other needed care.

Once you’ve got your dentures, don’t be afraid to take time to practice activities like eating and speaking. It can take a little practice to get these motions right, but once you’ve fully adjusted to your dentures, you don’t need to worry anymore about dribbling food or mumbling your words. Dr. Gupta and her team can practice with you, and offer support and helpful tips.

To learn more about how dentures could help your oral and whole-body health, get in touch with Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill today. You can book your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Gupta online, or call her Pleasant Hill, California office now.

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