Losing all of your teeth impacts your life in countless ways, as any of the 36 million Americans who have experienced it will tell you! But since around 90% of them wear dentures, they’ll also tell you that there’s hope after tooth loss. Dentures in Rocky Hill are a great way to restore the look and function of your smile, not to mention your self-confidence. Of course, it’s to be expected that any type of prosthesis (including dentures) will take time to adjust to. But the good news is that there are 5 great ways to make the transition easier and faster. Learn more below!
1. Be Patient
Since you’ve been speaking, chewing and smiling with your natural teeth for so long, it makes sense that it takes time to re-learn everything after getting dentures. Having said that, most patients report that their dentures start feeling normal after the first few weeks.
To make the process easier and reduce sore spots, it’s a good idea at first to eat soft foods that still provide plenty of nutrition, such as:
- Smoothies with protein powder, yogurt and fruit
- Peanut butter
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Porridge or oatmeal
- Cottage cheese
- Creamed soup
- Plain yogurt
In addition, make sure to cut solid foods into smaller pieces to make them easier to chew. You’ll be able to chew a wider variety of foods after the first few weeks.
Also, if you have any gum tenderness, try removing your dentures periodically (about every 4 hours) to give your tissues a break.
2. Try Different Adhesives
As with anything, different products work for different people. With so many denture adhesives on the market, it’s really just a matter of experimenting to find the one you like the best.
3. Sing To Improve Your Speech
Singing is a surprising way to re-train yourself to speak clearly after getting dentures. Try singing your favorite songs slowly and smoothly to help your tongue and lips learn how articulate words again.
4. Exercise the Muscles Around Your Mouth
You would be surprised at how many muscles around your mouth must work together to help you speak, chew and swallow food.
Doing exercises a few weeks before and after getting dentures can really help you get through the transition smoothly. For example, try holding an exaggerated smile for 10 seconds at a time several times a day. You might feel silly at first, but it works!
5. Follow Instructions Carefully
Through every step of the process, from extractions to getting your new dentures, closely follow any instructions from your dentist in Rocky Hill. This will help everything heal well, which ultimately means your denture will feel better.
Remember, although you may feel frustrated at times, 36 million people have successfully adjusted to their dentures – and you will too!
About the Author
With almost 20 years of experience as a dentist in Rocky Hill, Dr. Thaddeus Michalski has provided countless patients with dentures to help them get their life back after tooth loss. In addition to making high-quality dentures from the start, he always discusses the best strategies patients can use to help them adjust. If you have dentures and have any other questions, he can be reached via his website or at (860) 563-4544.