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Changes You Should Expect After First Getting Dentures

Posted on 1/13/2017 by Keith M. Cooper
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
After you first get dentures, you will go through a period of adjustment. This is normal, as you are learning to use and live with something in your mouth that you have never had there before. During this time, there will be a few changes. Here are some things you might expect.

Dentures Can Require an Adjustment Period

Your gum tissue might be a little bit sore and tender for a short period of time. Of course, you should make sure that your dentures fit properly, but barring an abnormality such as improperly fitting dentures, this period of slight soreness is normal.

You should not feel any concern about the matter-after all, your gum tissue is just getting used to having something pressed up against it for the majority of the day.

Speaking with Dentures

Many people have to learn how to speak well again once they get dentures. You probably don't realize it, but you have learned to speak using your natural teeth-and the size and shape of these teeth are likely slightly different than the size and shape of your dentures. As a result, speaking aloud will feel awkward at first, at least until you learn how to speak with your dentures.

Many experts suggest that you get a good book and read it out loud in order to practice speaking. The more you speak with your dentures in, the better you'll get at it, so the sooner you start the better.

Eating with Dentures

Eating will feel different, at least at first. There will be some foods, such as raw celery, that are simply too difficult to bother with until you have had enough practice to handle them. At the beginning you should stick with soft food that is easy to chew. Once you adjust, your dentures will function and feel like your natural teeth.

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