If you are losing your natural teeth, there is a fairly good chance that the first recommendation made by your dentist will be to obtain dentures. After all, dentures are typically the most financially-logical decision and they are even covered by many health insurance plans. If you know you are facing a future with dentures, it would not be surprising if you are feeling a little dread about the whole situation. This dread usually comes along with a few common misconceptions that are consistently generated by the public. Here are a few of those misconceptions and the true facts you should know.
Misconception: Dentures will make you gag for a long time after you first get them.
Fact: The feeling of something foreign in your mouth can stimulate the gag reflex when you first start wearing the dentures. This is usually associated more with the top dentures that will naturally touch areas toward the back of your mouth. This feeling will subside quickly, but if you continue to have issues, you may have to have the denturist make a few minor adjustments. You should expect about one week for every decade old you are to adjust to your new dentures and how they feel in your mouth.
Misconception: New dentures can cause sores and blisters in your mouth.
Fact: People who have not allowed a sufficient amount of time for their gums to heal after their natural teeth are extracted can experience more soreness and irritation. However, if your dentures are wearing down your gums and causing sores and blisters in your mouth, it is usually a sign that they are not fitting appropriately. This is especially true beyond the first few weeks after you get your new dentures.
Misconception: You will have to use an adhesive to make your dentures stable enough to chew and talk with.
Fact: With ill-fitting dentures of the past, slipping and sliding was just to be expected, and therefore, most people did use a dental adhesive for stability. However, new dentures are made with softer acrylic materials that better conform to the shape and size of your mouth. Denturists take great measures to ensure that you get a proper fit to avoid such problems. It is not uncommon for dentures to need adjustment over the years as your gums change and shrink, but this can always be addressed by a professional denturist.
When you take some time to learn the facts about dentures, you will see that there is really nothing to dread other than the initial adjustment period. Be sure to talk openly with your dentist and denturist about any questions and concerns that you have about obtaining dentures and you will feel much better about the whole situation.