What to expect: Wearing New Dentures
- It will take you several months to years to become fully accustomed to wearing and using dentures. They are a prosthetics. Like losing or severely injuring any other part of your body, time is required for “physical therapy”. Efficiently using your dentures requires a lot of practice. You may experience looseness and difficulty using the dentures. However, we are always here to help and will do everything we can to help you through this challenging process.
- We do not make your dentures. They are actually made by a dental laboratory. We use two local dental laboratories: Precision Craft Dental Laboratory in Rhode Island and Occlusion Prosthetics in Hyannis. We also use DENTCA which is a 3D printed denture system. This company is in California. In our office we take “measurements” and information from you and convey this to the laboratories.
- We will make every effort to have your dentures fit as well as possible. Even with an adequately fitting denture, looseness may be an issue. There are several types of denture adhesives to help you with this problem. Also, dental implants are a predictable way to obtain additional retention on your dentures.
- You can expect your physical appearance to change. Your dietary habits typically change when losing your teeth. This is more evident if you are losing your natural teeth and wearing a denture for the first time. Weight loss is a change noticed by denture wearers.
- Your appearance will change but a well-fitting denture should help with lip support and other functions. When losing teeth, your musculature, bone, and skin change. They lose tone and strength and thereby make a denture difficult to wear. However, with practice we do have confidence you will be able to wear them eventually.
- After you receive your dentures you will require several follow up appointments to adjust and ensure they fit as well as possible.
- You will be required to take your dentures out at night. Do not wear them 24 hours a day. Over time your denture requires relining due to the inherent bone loss that occurs in people that wear dentures.