Dentures Adjustment – Dental Treatment

Introduction –Dentures Adjustment

A denture is a detachable replacement designed for missing teeth and surrounding soft as well as hard tissues. There are mainly two types of dentures available. These are complete and partial dentures.

The denture adjustment is the process taking place just after receiving the dentures. It is different from denture realign. When the denture adjustments are no longer useful, the process done is called denture realign.

The denture adjustments are more or less similar in all types of dentures, barring a few differences.

New denture adjustments-

  1. Some temporary problems occur as a normal part of adjusting to the new denture.
  2. First problems are usually feeling of bulkiness or something alien in the mouth. Increased salivary flow also can occur.
  3. The tongue may feel crowded, some gagging and difficulty in speech is normal.
  4. Eating with the denture on may be awkward or difficult in first few days. But with learning and practise, adjustments to the dentures occur. Its like learning a new skill.
  5. Mouth can be sore or uncomfortable in first week.
  6. Nobody likes to lose their teeth. Some emotional problems also can occur with this. However, after understanding the fact that removal of infected teeth and replacement with dentures improves the health, smile as well as self-confidence, the person eventually adjusts to dentures.

Various types of dentures have different problems. Adjustments to them are as discussed below.

Partial denture adjustments:

  1. New lower partial dentures can pose some temporary problems as a normal part of adjusting to them.
  2. Firstly, they may feel bulky and alien. Chewing with them can cause tipping. Also there is increased salivary flow.
  3. Tongue may feel crowded; also there is some gagging and a little difficulty while speaking.
  4. But the patient need not worry as he or she gets used to the new partial dentures, these problems go away.
  5. With time and practice, the patient makes the adjustments and starts eating with confidence.

Upper partial denture adjustments-

Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to a new upper partial denture. These are bulkiness, alien feeling, soreness and discomfort, increase in flow of saliva and tongue crowding. Also, there may be speaking and breathing problems for a few days with upper partial dentures. Eating is difficult as the upper dentures are always under effect of gravity. With time and practise, the adjustments occur and eating becomes more confident.

Over-dentures adjustments-

Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to new dentures. At first, it may seem bulky or tip while chewing. An increased salivary flow is also noted. The tongue may feel crowded, and some gagging and difficulty in speaking is normal. The patient must not feel discouraged due to these problems as they are temporary and go away with time and practise.

Precision partial denture adjustments-

It takes some time to adjust to the feel of the new precision partial dentures. At first, eating may seem difficult, and there may be trouble in speaking and eating normally. After a few weeks, adjustments occur and the patient starts speaking, eating, and smiling with confidence.

Some other adjustment issues with dentures are:

Look with the dentures: almost all users are concerned with the look and appearance with the dentures and need to adjust to it. Generally, there is no gross change in the appearance as the dentures resemble the natural teeth. In contrast to the popular belief, dentures may even improve the smile and fill out the disturbed facial features due to loss of teeth.

Wearing time: Initially, the dentures should be worn all the time, including sleeping hours till the wearer gets adjusted to them. This may be difficult due to soreness and discomfort occurring in the initial phases. After getting used to them in this phase, dentures should be removed before going to bed. This allows rest to the gum tissues and also gives time for normal cleansing of oral tissues by the tongue and saliva.

After all these adjustments, eventually the dentures are a great way to replace the missing teeth and save a smile.

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This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.

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