Losing a tooth or more can be a stressful experience for patients, as they have more difficulties eating or speaking, their appearance changes, and long-term effects like bone recession can affect them even further. Luckily, modern dentistry has many solutions for tooth loss, and two of the most popular ones are dentures and dental implants.
If you are not a good candidate for dental implants or if your budget does not allow you to get implants for the moment, dentures are a great solution, short or long-term.
Are you considering getting dentures in Wilmington? Here is what to expect as a first-time wearer of dentures.
The first day of wearing dentures might be the toughest one, as you need to adjust to a new device in your mouth. You will feel a foreign object pressuring your gums and the sensation will persist for a few days, but it soon disappears as you get used to it.
After the first two weeks, it’s possible to notice sore spots where the dentures put more pressure on your gums. This can be an indication that the dentures are not fitted properly, which should be checked by a dentist with experience in implants and dentures.
Let the doctor know of any discomfort you feel when wearing your dentures, as they will know what to adjust at the next checkup. For the sore spots, it’s enough to rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution.
When the sore spots go away, within the first month (weeks 3 and 4), you can start wearing denture adhesive. The adhesive will keep the dentures in place and give you more confidence when eating, speaking, and smiling. After a month, you should be fully adapted to wearing dentures, without any discomfort.
Make sure to visit your Wilmington dentist regularly to adjust your dentures, if needed. They will inspect the dentures to make sure they are not damaged or poorly fitted.
Caring for your dentures is easy and it takes little time to get used to it. You will have to clean your dentures after every meal, using a soft-bristled brush and plenty of water. Store your dentures overnight in freshwater or a denture storing solution. Before you put them back on, remember to rinse them thoroughly with water.
If you want to get dentures and you need a specialized team to handle everything from A to Z or adjust the dentures you already have and inspect them, contact Thrive Family Dental and get an appointment with Dr. Ben Friberg and his team.
Our team will examine you thoroughly and make recommendations based on your unique needs and medical history.
Contact us today to book your appointment.