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Q: What can I expect with my new dentures?

Posted October 15, 2014 in Advice Column, Winterset

A: You are probably concerned with how your dentures will look and feel. It will take some time to adjust to your new dentures, but before you know it, you will feel more confident wearing them.

Some patients state they feel like they have a “mouth full” at first. This feeling will diminish with time. Because the denture is a foreign object to the mouth, you may also notice some extra saliva production. However, this too will decrease.

• Denture tips: Wear your dentures right away to determine whether there are any spots that need to be adjusted. Remove your dentures at night, brush them and store them in a safe container.  Occasionally you may want to soak them in denture cleaner.

Some awkwardness is normal at first and will diminish as you wear the dentures. The muscles in your lips, cheeks and tongue need to learn to work with the dentures. You may notice you sound a little different. Patience and practice will help you overcome this.

Using a small amount of denture adhesive is OK. Using a large amount is not OK. Eating will be challenging at first and foods may taste slightly different. Start with softer foods, such as eggs, pureed meat or pudding. Try cutting your food into small pieces and chewing in an up and down motion versus side to side. Over time, the shape of your jaw will change. If your dentures become ill fitting, your dentist may be able reline them.

Information provided by Dr. Christopher W. Blanchard, Blanchard Family Dentistry, 820 West Summit St., 462-4474.

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