What can I expect with Dentures? | San Pedro, CA

DenturesThe success of your dentures, whether new or a replacement one, depends on a few factors.  Most importantly you need to rely on your dentist.  Dr. Susan Sheets in San Pedro, CA can offer the best advice to help you live your life with dentures.  Along with her advice, here are a few things you may experience while adjusting to your new or replacement dentures.

Gaining Confidence During the Adjustment Period- You’re probably worried about how your dentures will look and feel.  A period of awkwardness is normal at first and usually fades away quickly.  Before you know it, you’ll fell and be more confident about wearing your dentures.

How They Look and Feel- A “full-mouth” feeling is usually reported by new wearers.  You may feel that the dentures are too big or pushing your lips forward.  This feeling will disappear as you adjust to wearing your dentures.  They may feel like they don’t fit properly at first.  You may experience “gagging” or you to bite your cheek or tongue.  If you wear an upper denture your tongue will need to get used to the feeling of pressing against the denture and not your palate.  These problems do decrease over time.  Dr. Susan Sheets may recommend the use of a denture adhesive to help you feel more confident.  Another option is having Implant Supported Dentures.

New Sensations- Because dentures are a “foreign object” in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a period of time. This also will disappear over time.  Try something simple like sucking on a mint or hard candy when this happens.  It will encourage you to swallow more frequently and clear the excess saliva.  Some soreness is also to be expected.  This will usually happen within a few hours of putting your dentures in your mouth. If the soreness continues, contact Dr. Susan Sheets for an appointment.  Never try to make adjustments to your dentures yourself.

Talking- When you talk, most of the sound of your voice reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of your jaw and skull.  Wearing dentures can change the sound and make it seem louder.  This will be much less noticeable to others than to you.  If your dentures make a clicking sound when you speak, you may want to try speaking more slowly. With time and practice you will overcome this difficulty.

Eating- At first, you may think that food has lost its flavor.  This happens because the signals your brain is receiving about your dentures may overpower those from your taste buds.  This will eventually return to normal.  Also you may also have trouble being able to tell how hot food or cold food and drinks are.  So eat and drink carefully.  Eventually, your brain will ignore these signals from your dentures.  Here are some additional eating tips:

  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Divide up food in your mouth so that you’re chewing evenly on both sides of your mouth.  This will place even pressure on your dentures.
  • Start by eating soft foods, such as eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and puddings.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures or implant-supported dentures!  Make an appointment today with Dr. Susan Sheets at (310) 832-2657 or visit our website.

Dr. Susan Sheets also proudly serves Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verde Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.

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