Making the decision to get dentures means giving yourself back some of the pleasures of having a full set of teeth. Dentures are a traditional, trusted method of teeth replacement. They have developed a lot over time. There are now state-of-the art techniques involved in fitting that can mean increased bite power and a natural look.
Getting dentures with a practice like Edinburgh Dental Specialists means you can get plenty of information on the fitting of dentures before you start. You can see examples of previous work and read patient testimonials to boost your confidence in the process.
What kind of dentures do you need?
You can have full or partial dentures. Full dentures replace the teeth in the whole of one or both of your arches. They are specially shaped to fit in the mouth and allow your gums to grip them for use.
Partial dentures replaces just some of your teeth. Your dentist will create a plate with the missing teeth mounted on it in the right positions. This is stabilised by attaching it to your remaining teeth so those need to be in good health in order to do the extra work.
The adjustment period
Particularly when you get full dentures, there is an initial adjustment period. Typically, the better the fit of your dentures, the easier and more successful your adaptation will be. That’s why it is important that you work with a dentist who will continue refine your dentures until they fit you perfectly.
During the first 24 hours, it may feel like your dentures are loose in your mouth or that your teeth are too big and your mouth feels full. This is a common feeling and goes away quickly as your dentures settle into place and the inside of your mouth adapts to the sensation.
In the first few weeks, you may feel some awkwardness as you have to apply conscious effort to activities that have been unconscious all your life. For example, you may need to speak more slowly to begin with until you get used to the feel of your dentures when you do so. You will adapt within 2–4 weeks and the self-conscious feeling should go away.