What Can I Expect if I Choose to Get Dentures?

Dealing with any degree of tooth loss is never easy. Whether you’re missing just one, several, or all of your natural teeth, replacing them as soon as you can plays a key role in restoring your oral and general health, as well as your confidence and self-esteem. 

Modern dentures are a good option for anyone dealing with full or partial tooth loss. There are different types of dentures available depending on your circumstances, whether you’re looking for a temporary solution or plan to keep your dentures long-term.

If you’re interested in a new set of dentures or a replacement for an older set, we can help. At Arden Dental Group, our team of dentists and hygienists offer general and cosmetic dentistry services in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.

What can I expect if I choose to get dentures?

Learning to live with your new dentures requires an adjustment and takes a little time and patience. Modern dentures are designed to fit comfortably. They also look natural and provide an affordable and effective option for full or partial tooth loss.

Your experience with your new dentures will depend on your circumstances, the type of dentures you choose, and the health of your gums, among other things. 

For starters, we may need to adjust your new dentures a few times before they feel just right. This is normal. If you’ve had teeth extracted, your gums contract as they heal, so your dentures may feel snug or a little tight at first, and then looser as your gums heal and return to normal. 

We work with you to ensure that your dentures are comfortable and that you end up with the right fit. You may also notice extra saliva (hypersalivation) for the first few days after you start wearing a new set of dentures. Once your body gets used to them, your saliva production returns to normal.

You may also experience friction between your gums and the dentures in the beginning, which can cause small cuts and sores on your gums. If you feel pain or discomfort or notice any sores, call us so we can determine if your dentures need to be adjusted.

If you’re wearing dentures for the first time, eating and chewing your food may feel a little strange at first, and you may have to adjust your diet and eat softer foods for a week or two until you’re used to them. 

Your speech might also sound weird to you at first as you adjust to talking with your new dentures in place, but they start to feel normal with a little practice.

Why should I get dentures?

Any tooth replacement option you choose takes some time and practice to get used to. Dentures are a fast, affordable, and reliable option, and they work for just about anyone. Contrary to popular belief, dentures are a good option for people of all ages. We recommend the best option for you based on your oral health needs and your goals.

For more information about dentures and whether they’re right for you, contact us at Arden Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.