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As we get older suddenly we realised many things we didn't appreciate about being young - being fit, having smooth skin and having all your own teeth. As our loose teeth (and bridges) struggle to deal with chewier food we start eating bland mush and, there is no easy way to say this, OLD PEOPLE FOOD. I'm determined not to let that happen to me and I'm doing everything I can to keep my own teeth as long as possible, and when that's not possible to get the best possible teeth replacement. If you are like me and want to keep on eating whatever you want, I think you'll like my site. It's all about dental health and teeth replacement & maintenance.

Keeping your teeth young

When To Contact The Dentist About Your Dentures

Mabel Hicks

Dentures are convenient for many people, allowing them to have what looks like a natural smile while avoiding the costs and recovery time associated with getting dental implants. However, the first time you get dentures, the adjustment can be a bit weird, and you might not know what's normal or how long the adjustment period should last. New dentures should not cause you problems at all and should not feel weird after maybe a few weeks at most. Anything else requires a call to your dentist for help in figuring out how to make the dentures fit better.

They Just Don't Feel Normal Even Weeks After Getting Them

If you've had the dentures for weeks or even months and they still feel like they don't belong in your mouth, they may not fit correctly. Sometimes something as small as being a millimetre off in terms of shape and how the dentures conform to your jaw can be enough to make the dentures feel alien and perpetually "off." The dentist can look at the fit and see if there are extra gaps or areas where the dentures are rubbing against your gums instead of staying put. Also, if the dentures "replaced" teeth that were already missing (in other words, you had no teeth that the dentist could take a mould of for reference), the teeth in the dentures might be a little too big or small for your comfort.

Your Gums Keep Getting Irritated

If the dentures feel fine for a while but tend to irritate your gums later in the day, for example, the problem could be simple to solve; dentures can become irritating if you wear them for too long. This is a common issue that affects even well-fitted dentures. However, if you're not wearing the dentures for too long and they still eventually irritate your gums, you could have an allergy to the adhesive, there could be a section of the dentures that actually aren't fitting well or another problem could be present. You'd need to contact your dentist to have the dentures evaluated.

Chewing And Biting Hurt

Maybe the dentures feel fine when you talk but hurt when you try to bite or chew. While many dentures are not made to easily bite through very hard or tough foods, if you have dentures that are supposed to let you eat those foods or if pain occurs with even soft foods, you need to contact your dentist immediately. Eating should not hurt. This could be an issue with the dentures or your gums, so do not think that maybe time will solve the problem. This is one thing you need to treat immediately.

Your dentist can help you get dentures that are comfortable and usable. New dentures might feel a bit awkward for a while, but if they never seem to feel normal, you've got to get them looked at.