Millions of people around the world get dentures in place of their natural teeth. This can be for a multitude of reasons, from infected gums to a bad set of teeth or just old age. Dentures look natural and allow you to smile with confidence and ease.
If you are thinking of getting dentures, or have been advised to opt for dentures by your dentist, this article provides you a picture of what to expect along the way.
- Getting your teeth pulled
When you decide to get dentures, be prepared for a long and challenging road ahead, the worst part of which will be extraction. Extracting all your teeth can be a rude shock to your system, one that will take a toll on you not just physically but emotionally and psychologically as well. However, once you have dentures on, it will all be behind you and will seem well worth the initial discomfort.
- Waiting for your dentures
Once the extraction is over, you will have to wait to receive your dentures. This is because your gums will need to be measured with impressions, bite moulds and wax models for the dentures to be customized accordingly. Now, some dentists will offer temporary dentures to ease the transition, while others won’t. Clarify this before the extraction procedure itself. The wait can be challenging because your jaw will be healing from the extraction, consuming food will be a challenge and of course your jaw and gums will not just feel different but look different as well. This can be hard to come to terms with, but like everything else, this too shall pass.
- Learning to talk with dentures
Once you receive your new dentures, you will need to get used to them. The dentures will feel different to your natural teeth which means relearning a lot of things including how to speak comfortably. Reading out loud and diction exercises are great ways to practice talking with your new dentures. While this might be a bit of a challenge, the hard part is behind you and you will soon be enjoying your dentures and the benefits they offer you.
- Eating habits will change
Dentures are pretty close to your natural teeth, but you will still need to take certain precautions when you use them. Sugary chewing gums must be avoided and excessively hard foods will be a bit of a challenge to eat. However, there are workarounds, you just need to try things and find what works best for you.
- Dental care
One thing that will definitely change is your dental care regime. You will definitely have to take additional care of your gums as well as your dentures to ensure they stay in the best condition. Dentures are expensive and you wouldn’t want to keep getting fitted for a new set ever so often, just because you didn’t take care of your dentures. Use a special toothbrush for your dentures and follow the procedure recommended by your dentist down to the last letter to make the most of your dentures.