Dentures make life easier and more comfortable for patients suffering from tooth loss. Chewing and speaking are more difficult with fewer teeth and noticeable gaps can make one insecure about their smile. Dentures are removable which makes them easy to clean and maintain. Patients no longer have to worry about chewing or speaking clearly and feel more confident once they have a natural-looking smile.
A consequence of bone loss is changes in the facial structure, such as premature facial sagging. Dentures help to add support to the facial muscles to reduce sagging. Because dentures are made to conform to your mouth, they are very comfortable and even prevent oral health issues such as gum disease by replacing missing teeth in the mouth.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel 100% comfortable with your dentures at first. It takes an average of 30 days to get used to them. In the meantime, it’s common to experience excess saliva production, to sound louder than normal, have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, and for your gums to feel sore.
Practice speaking with your dentures. Read tongue twisters or sing a song. Try swallowing more or sucking on hard candy to help with excess saliva. The soreness will go down within a few weeks but in the meantime, you can take anti-inflammatory pain medication and take your dentures out for a few hours to get some relief.
However, you want to try to wear your dentures as much as possible and then take them out at night. You will sound louder than normal because the dentures have altered how sound travels through your mouth. You will get used to this and it sounds much louder to you than it does to anyone else.
If you’re interested in partial or full dentures, contact us at Alliance Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with a Colorado Springs dentist.