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When you first use a dental prosthesis

It is definitely not the same to eat or talk when you have natural teeth and in perfect condition than to do it with a dental prosthesis, at least not when it is used for the first time. Adapting to it requires a period of time, especially when it comes to removable prostheses.




The specialists consider that the adaptation is gradual and can take up to 6 or 8 weeks, although this period can be very variable from one person to another. This adaptation process should be considered whether it is the first time you use a dental prosthesis or if you have used one before.




Once the dental prosthesis is finished the specialist will perform some tests and last minute adjustment to verify that it fits perfectly. But even so it is very likely that some inconvenience and inconvenience will arise. The sensitivity of the gums varies in each person so at the beginning it is best to eat soft foods.




It is necessary to start using it little by little in minimum periods of half an hour, remove it and later replace it. Gradually try to reduce the time periods until you can use it all day.


You may experience slight discomfort when it comes to removable bridges, especially at pressure and / or adjustment points. This is normal and should disappear in a few days, but if it causes severe pain you should go to the dentist to rectify it. The same should be done in case you feel that you are too lazy or with play within the oral space.




Due to the materials used in the new prosthesis, you may have a dry mouth sensation or, on the contrary, too much salivation. You can drink some water at frequent intervals so that the sensation disappears.




When the prosthesis is total it is recommended to make a new one at least every 5 or 6 years since the alveolar bone of the jaws is reduced and the denture ends up not adjusting.




In some cases it may be necessary to use a special adhesive product to keep the denture in place.




It is advisable to remove the dentures for at least 6 hours a day, preferably at night, to allow some ventilation of the gums.




It is common for your diction to change a bit, especially at the beginning. This is caused by some factors such as slight changes in the shape or thickness of the teeth inside the mouth, or the presence of palates or clamping parts of the prostheses. These, however minimal, may alter the movement of the tongue, the expulsion of air when speaking, etc.




The solution is to practice a little at the beginning, especially with letters or words that are difficult for you. Do not worry! You will master this very soon, and the more you practice, the better.




Remember also that the use of dentures does not mean that you should forget about oral hygiene. Your dentist will inform you about the different products and techniques that you can use to clean both your mouth and your new prosthesis so that you keep your smile for longer.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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