First Time Dentures: What to Expect

Dentures are a good solution for replacing missing teeth. You have numerous options to choose as far as material, so it's easy to find dentures that suit your needs. Whether you need full or partial dentures, your dentist will help you in deciding which treatment plan that is right for you. If you're new to dentures, here's what to expect.

Initial Appointment

It is at your first appointment that your dentist will gather important background information about your oral health and any medical conditions. Let your dentist know what, if any, medications you're prescribed. Expect to have your dentist take moulded impressions of your teeth and make any necessary adjustments, such as tooth extractions. You're encouraged to ask questions and share your concerns. Next you'll wait for your custom dentures to be made. This may take a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the lab that makes your dentures.

First Few Weeks

Once you're fitted with your permanent dentures, it'll take a few weeks to get used to talking and chewing with them. Your dentist will check on you during this time to see how you're adjusting. You may notice that you produce more saliva with your dentures than you did with your original teeth. It can feel uncomfortable at first, but you'll adjust to it over time. Eating for the first time with new dentures can be intimidating. Most people find it useful to use an adhesive to keep their dentures in place so that they can eat comfortably. Ask your dentist for recommendations. 

12 Weeks

People often feel much more comfortable with their dentures around the 3-month mark. You may find that you are more adventurous with food items and feel more comfortable eating in public. You'll likely gradually try more crunchy foods, such as apples, pears, and carrots. It helps to cut these foods into small pieces. Even when you've become comfortable with your dentures, some foods like nuts, popcorn and seeds can still be tricky to eat. 

Cleaning Your Dentures

Food particles get stuck in dentures, so you'll need to clean them daily. Dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and special denture cleaning toothpaste to gently brush your teeth each day. After meals, you can take them out and rinse them to remove any debris. Most types of dentures must remain moist to keep their shape. Expect to soak them overnight in a denture solution. 

If you're getting dentures for the first time and have more questions about what to expect, talk to a dentist like Michele A Bibeau DDS.