Dentures are often referred to as ‘false teeth’. These are removable, and can be either partial, to replace a few missing teeth, or full dentures if all of your teeth are missing. They’re usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Good dentures can help improve normal day-to-day functions like eating and speaking.
Fitting your dentures
The time it takes to fit dentures varies from person to person. A first visit will usually be for the general examination and diagnosis, and then you’ll be asked to return for later visits to take impressions of your mouth and bite, to fit the denture and then to review how you’re getting on with them.
Adapting to your dentures
Dentures can feel a bit strange to start with, and it might take a few weeks to get used to them. You will probably find that you manage them better the longer you use them for.
There are a few things you can do to help yourself adapt. When it comes to eating, start with soft foods, and food cut into small pieces. Chew carefully and slowly, and use both sides of your mouth to keep your dentures even. Once you get used to this, gradually add other foods in, until you’re back to your normal diet. When you first get your dentures fitted, you might find that you produce more saliva. This will usually settle down after a few weeks. You might also find that your speech changes a bit to start with, and you might find it tricky to pronounce certain words. Practice saying these troublesome words, and/or reading out loud can help. This usually improves within a couple of weeks.
You might feel some minor irritation on the surface of your mouth where it’s in contact with the dentures. The dentist can fix this by adjusting the surface of the denture. If it’s very painful, stop using the denture and get in touch with the dentist as soon as possible.