Dentures have a reputation for being bulky and cumbersome, but they’ve evolved over the years. Today’s dentures are easier to get used to and easier to live with long term because they are lighter and more natural-looking than ever before.

Our dentists at EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, are experts at helping patients overcome their dental insecurities. If you’re in the market for a new set of teeth due to age-related tooth loss or injury, we would love to get to know you and your smile goals so that we can recommend the best treatment path for you.

While dentures have undergone some advancements over the years, they still take some getting used to. Here are some of our dentists’ best tips for acclimating to your new dentures.

Breaking in your dentures

Once you’ve received your new dentures, our dentists give you advice and guidelines regarding how to break them in. Make sure you wear them as directed while you’re transitioning to your new teeth. If you don’t wear them long enough, you won’t acclimate to them.

However, if you wear them too long, thinking it will speed up the process, think again. Too much, too fast can actually cause discomfort and sores. Follow our dentists’ instructions and you’ll quickly become more comfortable with your new pearly whites.

Practice eating and speaking

Your dentures will feel a little foreign to you at first, so take some time to get to know them. Start off by eating soft foods that don’t cause too much stress on your new teeth. Stay away from hard and sticky foods if possible. And definitely no gum chewing.

The best advice is to practice this at home before performing in front of friends and family. Try a variety of foods with different textures, and read or speak out loud while you’re alone to get an idea of how your dentures respond. It won’t take long before you learn the little adjustments that will soon become second nature to you.

Practice good oral hygiene

Just because they aren’t real teeth doesn’t mean your dentures don’t need the same care you give your natural ones. Of course, there are few differences. With dentures, you need to:

  • Remove them nightly to soak in a special cleaning solution
  • Be careful not to scrub them too vigorously
  • Check your mouth and gums for signs of irritation and infection
  • Clean your gums
  • See your dentist regularly

Know the signs of infection and other problems

Every new denture wearer goes through an adjustment period, but if you’ve had your dentures for a few months and you still have sore spots on your gums or excessive slippage, come into the office so our dentists can make appropriate adjustments.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it might indicate an infection, and definitely means that you need to see our dentists right away:

  • Redness in your gums
  • Sores
  • Bleeding or other discharge
  • Cracks in the corners of your mouth
  • Red bumps on the roof of your mouth

All in all, dentures have come a long way and are still a great choice when you need a solution to missing teeth. When you’re ready to find out more about the new generation of dentures, call our office at 425-746-6090 or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation right away.

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