Is There a Difference When You Go from Teeth to Dentures?
Posted on 1/15/2018 by Dr. Castellon
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are meant to replace missing natural teeth. False teeth are set on a gum colored base that rests on your natural gums.
They are custom created from molds of your mouth, which helps to ensure a proper fit. However, no matter how well your dentures fit, you may notice some changes between them and your natural teeth.
Dentures Can Change Way You Speak
When you first get your dentures, you may notice that your voice sounds different. It may also appear louder. This is due mostly to the different material of the denture and the vibrations of your voice against it.
These changes are more noticeable to you than to anyone else. You may also notice a clicking sound, as your lower denture shifts while you speak. Slowing down can help to stop that denture from moving.
Difficulty Eating While dentures restore your ability to eat your favorite foods, you may not be able to do so at first. Trying to eat hard foods with foreign objects in your mouth can be difficult. The dentures may come dislodged and shift around. In order to get used to them, starting with soft foods is advised. Then you can work your way up to regular foods.
Gagging Having dentures in your mouth can cause you to salivate more than normal. Excess salivation can lead you to gag. Eventually, your mouth will get used to the dentures, and the extra saliva flow will stop.
Slipping Properly fitting dentures will secure to your gums with just suction. However, they can sometimes come loose and slip around in your mouth, something that never happens with your natural teeth. This usually happens when you are eating or speaking, and can lead to gagging or an embarrassing situation.
There are going to be noticeable differences when you go from your natural teeth to dentures. You will get used to them. If you are having difficulty adjusting, or want to discuss other options (such as dental implants), call your dentist and schedule an appointment.