Our teeth go through a lot over the course of our lifetimes, and for many seniors there comes a point where Dentures become necessary.
Dentures, which are customized, removable replacements for missing teeth can be incredibly helpful for seniors who have had trouble with their teeth and have had some removed because of injury or disease. Dentures can act as a replacement for just a few teeth or for an entire mouth’s worth. Dentures can help seniors to eat and talk more comfortably, and can help them to feel better about the appearance of their teeth and smiles.
Dentures can be helpful for seniors in multiple ways, but they can also be a little bit challenging to get used to. It can be difficult to adjust to the feeling of Dentures, which never quite feel the same as natural teeth, but with a little care and a few adjustments to routine seniors can grow accustomed to life with Dentures and can reap all the benefits they have to offer in terms of oral and dental health and self-esteem.
When it comes to getting used to new Dentures, there are a few things that might be a challenge at the beginning. The sensation of having the Dentures in might feel strange and a little uncomfortable until the mouth becomes more used to them. They can also sometimes feel a little loose until the muscles in the mouth learn to sort everything out and keep things where they should be. It is not uncommon to experience a little bit of discomfort or irritation at the beginning, but this should go away as soon as the mouth get more acquainted and accustomed to the Dentures.
A major area which requires some adjusting is eating. While getting used to how it feels to chew and eat with Dentures, it is helpful to begin with soft foods that are in small, manageable pieces, and to chew slowly. With a little time, it will become easier and more natural to chew with the Dentures, and then seniors can add in more foods to return to a normal diet.
Talking can also feel and sound a little strange at the beginning, and there will be a period during which some practice will be required to learn to speak comfortably with the dentures. Seniors can practice reading or singing aloud to get in some practice so they are more comfortable for conversing with others.
Should there be any persistent problems in any of these areas beyond an initial settling-in period, always consult the dentist to discuss things.
Adjusting to having Dentures also requires the addition of some steps into seniors’ routines. In order to keep things happy and healthy, caring for the mouth and for Dentures properly is incredibly important.
- Brush: Just like with natural teeth, it is important to brush Dentures daily to remove plaque and food residue.
- Soak: Dentures shouldn’t be allowed to dry out, so always be sure to keep them in a soaking solution or in water when they aren’t in use.
- Consult: Being proactive about consulting a dentist when problems with Dentures occur is important to keep seniors healthy and to prevent damage to the Dentures.
As always, caring for the mouth itself is incredibly important, brushing the gums, palate, and tongue everyday readies things for the Dentures and keeps everything healthy and in good shape.
Learning to live with Dentures can take some time and adjustment, but Dentures have the ability to make things so much more comfortable long-term.