Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Dentures can seem like a big step to take, especially if you’re undergoing removal of one or more teeth to accept your replacements. What will they feel like? Will you be able to eat, smile, and speak normally? All of these are questions you may be asking about your new dentures.

The expert dentists here at Union Square Dental in the Flatiron District of New York City are experienced at helping our patients transition to denture wear. We’re with you every step of the way, guiding you as you adjust to life with dentures.

Breaking in your new dentures

A new pair of shoes can take a little while to conform to the shape of your feet. A new set of dentures is no different.

You want to take it slow with your dentures at first, wearing them for only an hour or two at a time, then slowly extending the amount of time you keep them in and the activities you participate in, like chewing. 

If you notice any sores developing, don’t panic, It just means your dentures need a slight adjustment so they won’t rub the inside of your mouth. Just call our office and we’ll schedule you for an adjustment visit. 

Eat, drink, smile, and speak

It can take a little bit of time to get used to the feel of dentures in your mouth. Normal activities can feel awkward at first. You might find pronouncing some words is difficult, or that you chew differently with your dentures in, causing food to drip on your chin. 

Don’t give up. Just keep working at it. Start with soft, easy-to-chew foods before working your way up to a steak and potato dinner. Practice reading in front of a mirror and work on your pronunciation until you sound more like yourself again. 

It all gets more natural and easier with time.

Keep things clean

Having artificial teeth doesn’t mean the potential for bacteria goes away. You need to clean your dentures routinely, and also pay attention to your gums and any teeth you have left. 

Dentures require special cleaning substances and tools depending on what material they’re made of. We show you what to use and how to clean and store your dentures.

As long as you follow your care instructions and come in for regular dental visits, your dentures should last a long time. If you notice a defect or break in your dentures, we’ll schedule you for a repair visit.

Call our Manhattan office directly at 212-675-7877 or contact us using our online form if you need help with dentures as a new or existing patient. 

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