Thousands of adults around the world wear dentures. Some have partial dentures which replace one or more missing teeth and some people have a complete set, which makes up their entire upper or lower jaw, maybe even both.
When you are fitted with dentures for the first time, they feel foreign. They are an unnatural item in your mouth, which can affect speech and eating until you get comfortable with them. Some people find that they are self-conscious once they have been fitted with these false teeth, afraid they will fall out and very concerned that people will notice that their teeth aren’t real.
With today’s dental advancements, you can barely tell the difference between natural and false teeth, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon Dr Tariq Drabu. The false teeth, or dentures, are matched to the colour of the natural teeth and a mould is taken to make them look as natural as possible within the mouth. This reduces the risk of feeling self-conscious and enables the patient to live as normal life as possible.
There are a few things you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable with your new dentures, a chance to embrace your new teeth and get accustomed to them as quickly as possible. The sooner you become comfortable with them, the sooner you will forget they are there and go on to enjoy the rest of your life moving forward.
The majority of people who are getting dentures for the very first time are exceptionally nervous, as they don’t know what to expect. It is a very personal change, because it is something strange and unfamiliar which is placed in your mouth and it takes a little time to get used to them and get your speech back to normal.
The good news is that you are not alone. Almost every person who is fitted for dentures goes through the same fear and experience. The ideal thing about these false teeth is that they are made to resemble your permanent teeth, they look completely natural.
You will find once you are fitted with your new dentures that you may struggle with pronunciation of certain words. This is completely normal and as you become more comfortable with your new teeth, your pronunciation will improve. In order to get to that point you should concentrate on the words you are struggling with. Read to yourself out loud to get comfortable speaking with your new teeth, repeat problem words over and over again. The more you talk, the easier and better it will be.
If when reading to yourself out loud you notice your dentures making a clicking noise, this means you are speaking too fast. Slow down your speech until you stop hearing the click. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that once you are comfortable speaking, you can speed up your speech and the clicking will disappear.
Many people find that the first couple of weeks of having new dentures they feel loose. This is completely normal as the muscles in your mouth, jaw and tongue need to accommodate them and work on holding them in place. If you are at all concerned use a dental adhesive to hold them in place and reduce any anxiety you may be experiencing. This can help eliminate the fear that your dentures will fall out if you smile, laugh, talk or eat.
In some instances you may find your dentures will slip slightly if you laugh or cough, again this is normal and easily rectified. Simply bite down very gently and swallow at the same time, this should move them back into position and reduce the need to rush to the bathroom to get them back into position.