Ways of Adjusting Dentures Following the Loss of a New Tooth
Posted on 7/15/2019 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
When you have partial or full dentures, they will need adjusting over time. Just like your natural teeth, dentures can become stained and chipped. If you have a partial denture such as a bridge or even an upper or lower plate opposite natural teeth, you may need adjustments if you lose another tooth as well.
Partial dentures are dentures used to replace only a few missing teeth instead of an entire upper or lower plate. In our office, we will prepare your remaining natural teeth to support a bridge or partial denture and custom make your prosthetic to complete your smile. After time, if you lose additional teeth, you will need to come in and have your bridge adjusted to refit your mouth, and you may even need to have a new partial made.
Adjusting to new dentures can be difficult at first, you should allow yourself at least 30 days to become accustomed to wearing a prosthetic in your mouth. Difficulty speaking, chewing and eating is not uncommon. For the first two days, you should only eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, pasta, yogurt, puddings and soft breads. This will help relieve some of the pressure off of your gums that you will be experiencing from wearing new dentures.
Practice speaking aloud, try reading a book out loud to yourself or singing along with your favorite music. This will help you relearn how to pronounce certain difficult to say words and sounds. If you are experiencing swelling of your gums, over the counter gels, salt water rinses and gum massaging will help to alleviate this.
If you have any severe pain or discomfort or if your natural teeth are not feeling secure with your partial dentures, please call our office right away for a follow up visit.