Getting Used to Wearing Dentures

If you’ve reached the point where you’re missing more than one tooth, you may be considering getting dentures. In today’s day and age, the quality of dentures has vastly improved, and with a little practice, it is virtually impossible to tell that you’re wearing them.

However, when you first get your dentures, you may have to make some minor adjustments. If you are someone who is either considering getting dentures, or you have already received your dentures and are simply looking for some pointers, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?

Many professionals agree that it takes most people about 30 days to get used to wearing dentures. There are certain basic tasks, such as eating, that we take for granted. When you first get your dentures, you may have to adjust the way you chew your food, for example, especially if you are someone who is used to chewing with your front teeth.

Generally, with dentures, it is best you learn to chew with both sides of your mouth simultaneously, as chewing with your front teeth increases the chances of your dentures popping out, which, admittedly, many people find embarrassing.

It can help to begin by chewing softer foods for the first couple of weeks, such as hard-boiled eggs, cooked vegetables, yogurt, apple sauce, and other things of that nature. However, have no fear–you will soon find that eating will become a breeze, and you’ll be back to enjoying nice juicy steaks in no time.

What are some additional tips for wearing dentures?

It is very important that you clean your dentures on a daily basis, which means you must regularly brush your dentures and soak them in a denture cleanser, generally at night while you’re sleeping. Additionally, taking your dentures out at night can help reduce any soreness you may feel from wearing them throughout the day.

Some people find it challenging to speak when they first get dentures, however, this too is something that can be remedied. Remember, practice makes perfect, and the more you talk, the better you will sound. We promise!

Whether you think you need removable partial dentures or a full set of dentures, our friendly, experienced team will be happy to speak with you about the best course of action going forward.

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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