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You’ve Got Your Dentures. Now What?

Getting dentures is a change, especially if you have been living with missing teeth for some time. It is going to feel a little odd at first, but with time and a little work, you’ll get used to your new dentures in no time at all.

First, it’s normal for your dentures to feel bulky at first, and don’t be surprised if you find your mouth making more saliva than usual. But if your dentures are painful or you feel pressure, you should let our dentist, Dr. Alan Nix know. Your dentures may need to be adjusted or even lined. In fact, you may have to come back after you first receive your dentures for an adjustment.

You may find you have some trouble pronouncing certain words. You can practice saying certain words that give you problems, and if you can, try singing along with the radio. The rhythm of the music will help your mouth adjust to speaking with dentures in. You should also exercise your buccinator muscles to help keep your dentures in place. And FYI: your buccinator muscles are just another name for your cheek muscles.

Eating may be a challenge at first. You can try cutting your food into small pieces until you are used to eating while wearing your dentures, or you may try cutting your food into strips and chewing it on both sides of your mouth.

If you have questions about getting dentures, or if it is just time for your regular appointment, we have a chair waiting! If you are in the Terrell, Texas, area and would like to visit the dental practice of Alan L. Nix DDS, please give us a call today at 972-563-7633.

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