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Are Dentures in Your Near Future? Here’s How to Plan for an Easier Transition!

By: | Friday, February 15th, 2019 | Dentures

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Oral Health | BURKE, VA

Dentures provide a convenient and affordable solution for missing teeth. In our Burke dental office, Dr. Price carefully plans denture treatment around each patient’s needs. Whether you have several missing teeth already or you will undergo immediate denture treatment in which unhealthy teeth will be extracted and your denture will be seated in the same appointment, there is a transitional period in which you may encounter some odd experiences. Here, we offer a few suggestions that can help you get used to living with full dentures.

Expect a Few Modifications

Adjustments will likely be necessary after receiving a new denture. In the weeks following tooth extraction, swelling of the gums gradually subsides. As this happens, the fit of the upper and lower denture will change. In the first 18 months after teeth are extracted, the jawbone goes through quite a transformation in shape, as well. Through these changes, it is vital that adjustments are made periodically to keep the fit of your denture snug and stable.

Consider Temporary Dietary Changes

Dentures sit on top of the gums, which can take some getting used to. When tooth extraction accompanies the denture seating, the gums and jaw may feel sore for a few days. The new denture may also feel somewhat “clumsy” in the mouth. During this time, stress can be reduced by consuming softer foods. This is not the time to indulge in hard foods like popcorn or denser foods like a steak. For at least a few days, the mouth will appreciate a diet of eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, soup, and other foods that are soft and easy to chew.

Prioritize Oral Health

One of the most meaningful tips we can offer anyone who wears dentures is to continually prioritize oral health. Just because natural teeth have been replaced with artificial teeth that will not decay doesn’t mean disease cannot develop. In addition to cleaning dentures, it is necessary to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean the gums. Just as you once brushed your teeth twice a day, you will be encouraged to brush your gums twice a day to keep the tissue beneath your dentures free of harmful bacteria.

A lot changes when natural teeth are replaced with dentures. We are here to support you through your transition with clear information and compassionate care. Learn more about tooth replacement options in a consultation at our Burke office. Call (703)-935-2879.



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