Helpful Tips and Tricks for New Denture Wearers

Have you lost one or several teeth from severe tooth decay or periodontal gum disease, or had teeth removed for other reasons? Your Beaumont dentist has likely recommended dentures to replace your original equipment and regain a healthy oral environment. However, if you are new to dentures, you probably have many questions about them and how they will function.

Dentures Defined

To those unfamiliar, dentures in Beaumont are a package deal of artificial teeth and gums fitted specifically to your mouth to take the place of natural teeth you have lost. Your dentures will be created to match the size and appearance of existing teeth while nestling into the gum line like natural teeth.

Are dentures important to have? In a word, yes, and going without them can lead to unpleasant consequences. Our teeth act as the main support structure for our faces and jaw bones. Several missing teeth leave a significant gap in that support, potentially causing infection and various forms of serious oral health issues. Our teeth also contribute to the overall profile of our faces. Dentures, then, can replace that critical support element and return our natural outward facial appearance.

Another positive benefit of dentures is to replace damaged teeth or those that are causing you a great deal of pain.

Dentures with an Beaumont Touch

It is important to understand that modern iterations of dentures are made with a durable, very hard resin. The gum component of dentures is made of an equally strong polymer to blend in with your existing gum line. However, even with all of that strength, dentures are still not as strong as natural teeth. If not diligently maintained, dentures can chip or crack, and they typically wear down after five or six years and will need to be replaced.

That being said, it is important to keep in mind that can take some to get used to a new prosthesis. New dentures will feel awkward at first and it usually takes a few weeks before soreness from the procedure lessens. Your new Beaumont dentures will also likely require a few adjustments in that time but remember that this is all part of the process of your cheek muscles and tongue adapting to the presence of a new partner.

Adjust Your Diet

With new dentures in place, you will need to avoid some obvious foods such as hard nuts, and corn on the cob is not recommended. Softer foods are your friends; reach for eggs, cooked veggies, yogurt, fish, ice cream, and the like. But don’t neglect good nutrition. Keep up a well-balanced diet regime to help your body adjust after the denture procedure.

Keep Them Clean

Many people don’t realize that dentures accumulate plaque and tartar just like natural teeth and they can also attract staining. Brush your dentures every day with a regular brush or special denture brush, warm water, and antibacterial soap. Dentures should also be soaked in cleanser every day to dispel debris and stray food pieces, and keep bacteria away.

For more information on adjusting to new dentures, contact La Costa Dental or book an appointment online today.