June 24th, 2013
You may have had dentures for a variety of different reasons, but one thing that most denture wearers have in common is the inability to get a solid fit. Just a few decades ago, anyone who wore dentures would complain about discomfort. These days, though, dentures don’t have to be uncomfortable. Instead, they can provide you with the perfect way to eat, talk, and live comfortably. These tips can help.
A good fit starts with the right dentist; Bastrop, Texas, has many to offer including Chad Byler, DDS PA. Wondering why your selection of a dental professional can actually affect the fit? Dentures begin in your dentist’s office. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth before you have the dentures created, then your remaining teeth will be pulled out. As with any dental work, your mouth will be completely numb during that process. You’ll need to expect some healing time.
The next step depends on the type of dentures you’ve selected. If you’re going with immediate, temporary placement, they’ll be in before your appointment is over. The advantages here are enormous. You’ll be able to go out in public right away, and they can actually help reduce the bleeding you experience after having your teeth extracted. Immediate dentures are a great way to ensure a good fit as well as an easier adjustment period, but they can be more costly. If you wait until your mouth heals to have your dentures placed, it could take a few months, but you can still get a good fit. Either way, once they’re in place, you can expect to notice several things, even if your dentures fit well. First, you may see a big increase in saliva. The dentures themselves are probably going to feel fairly large within your mouth, and you might even feel like your lip is being thrust outward. As your mouth adjusts to these new feelings, though, you’ll start to feel a bit better about the whole situation. In the meantime, you might want to try to eat softer foods and take smaller bites. You may also have to work on your speech patterns. Your teeth can affect the way you speak, and so can a new set of dentures.
A good fit not only relies on the dental professional you choose to handle the procedure, but also your own ability to care for your dentures. You should take them out of your mouth for at least eight hours each day to make sure your mouth has a chance to rest and heal. Clean your dentures carefully, and find the right adhesive to help keep them from slipping. You should also immediately report any problems you notice to your dentist to help keep your gums from being hurt in the process.
Becoming comfortable with your dentures is usually a multi-step process that can take up to a year. Once you find a set that fits well, though, you’ll feel just like yourself again in no time at all.
Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
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