Historically, dentures have been the most common treatment for missing teeth. However, now we have progressed to realistic looking teeth made of resins or porcelain and today, you can get the most comfortable dentures that have ever been available.
Dentures are often used for people who have lost all or most of their teeth. However, partial dentures are also available, which can replace even a single tooth. Modern dentures consist of artificial teeth set in a plastic base that fits over the gums and the roof of the mouth, for teeth in the upper jaw. New designs provide a more lightweight, more comfortable denture and uses materials that closely resemble your natural teeth.
Dentures are carefully designed to exactly fit your mouth. A properly fitted denture should not require any adhesive to remain stationary in the mouth. Over time, however, the bone mass in the jaw will break down, changing the shape of your jawbone. This can lead to a poorly fitted denture that needs to be relined or even remade. Visit your prosthodontist regularly to have your denture evaluated for a proper fit.
Adjusting to Your New Dentures
Because they take up space in the mouth, it takes some time to adjust to your new dentures. There are several steps you can take that will help you get used to them over the first several days. This includes:
- Practice talking to yourself at home
- Eat soft foods until you become more comfortable with your dentures
- Chew equal amounts of food on each side of the mouth
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid hot food and beverages
Your prosthodontist can provide additional tips regarding how to adjust to your new teeth as well as how to take care of them so they will remain healthy and comfortable. It’s important to keep your dentures clean, moist, and well maintained for optimum comfort and durability.
Call Dakota Prosthodontics & Implant Center today for more information about fitting your mouth for dentures!