People who have lost their teeth - whether due to decay, injury or gum disease - may welcome dentures as a way to help them talk, laugh and eat naturally again.
Now, Marcine Hays, the patient education coordinator at Oak Park Family Dental Care, suggests that patients should be prepared that it will take some time to adapt to their new teeth.
For example, people have to learn how to chew with dentures by taking smaller bites and making sure food is chewed on both sides of the mouth at the same time, she says.
According to the American Dental Association, many people find that dentures initially feel loose until their cheek and tongue muscles learn how to keep them properly placed. Meanwhile, some patients temporarily experience increased saliva flow during this adjustment period.
Hays says that it can take up to six months for people's mouths to get used to dentures. She also advises that denture wearers act quickly if they find their dentures do not fit properly.
"If you're not wearing your dentures because they hurt or fit poorly, see your dentist or denturist. There is help available," she writes.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.