It’s usual and customary for people to be concerned about things they’ve not yet experienced or don’t fully understand. That’s normal human behavior. Since not everyone wears dentures, there can be some caution around what to expect when someone first starts to wear them. Although the process will undoubtedly come with a lot of questions – questions that Bella Smiles would love to answer for anyone considering dentures in Sugar Land, TX – we hope the following list of three things to expect when getting a denture helps alleviate any associated stress in the transition!
As with anything new that you wear, such as contact lenses or even a new pair of shoes that you’ve not yet broken in, there will be a learning curve in the wearing of your dentures, especially if they are removable dentures. Your mouth’s muscles will need to strengthen during this adaption phase to hold the dentures in place. Although there may be the occasional moment or two when you feel that you don’t have control of what your dentures are doing, you can rest assured that this phase will pass as soon as your tongue and cheeks muscles adapt to the presence denture.
Most people can identify with the blisters that accompany wearing a different pair of shoes that they haven’t worn in a while. Ladies, all you have to do is think about the transition from open-heeled summer shoes to fully-heeled winter boots! The same is true with denture wear. And although the condition is fairly common, it could be a sign that your dentures are not fitting as correctly – and comfortably – as they could. Try to wear your denture – opposed to just carrying it in — to your fitting appointments so your dental care team can see where the adjustment needs to be made.
You’ll need to treat your dentures with the same at-home diligent care that dental professionals recommend for the health of natural teeth. Just as natural teeth need daily cleaning for the prevention of build-up, staining, and fresh breath, the same is true for denture wearers. And as a side note, remember to store your dentures in a safe place while you’re not wearing them, or they’re being cleaned since both children and pets love to explore them!