November 15, 2021
After years of having dentures, you’ve become used to how they feel. You’ve adjusted how you eat and how you speak, but now you want to upgrade your normal dentures to implant dentures. Instead of resting on your gums and using suction to stay in place, your dentures will be attached to posts embedded in the jawbone. As a result, your new teeth will be much more stable and secure.
You may be wondering how different having dental implants will feel. Perhaps you’re worried about the transition from dentures. The truth is that you may need a little bit of time to adjust to your implant dentures. However, the good news is that you should quickly get the hang of your new teeth, especially if you follow these simple tips.
Eat Soft Foods for a While
With dentures, you have to worry about your prosthetic teeth slipping out of position, but with implants, you have much more freedom. Although you will eventually be able to eat basically anything you want with your dental implants, right at first, you need to stick to softer foods to give your mouth plenty of time to heal. If you’ve had dentures for a long time, you may already be used to eating oatmeal, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and eggs because they aren’t difficult to chew. Until your implant dentures have fused with the jawbone, eating soft foods can help you get used to your new ability to eat as you did before tooth loss. After that point, it should feel completely natural.
When you first received your dentures, you probably had to adjust the way you speak. Transitioning to implants should be a much easier because implants feel exactly like real teeth. Your body should quickly remember how to talk, helping you feel “normal” again.
Practice Healthy Oral Hygiene
Whether you have a full set of natural teeth or a mouthful of prosthetic ones, oral hygiene is extremely important. Although you may not soak your implant dentures overnight like you would traditional dentures, you need to dedicate time every day to developing the habits of brushing and flossing your teeth. Once your new teeth are placed and restored, these habits will play a critical role in helping your smile last a long, long time.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
You may have prosthetic teeth, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need the dentist anymore. In fact, you should still see your dentist at least twice every year for checkups. These appointments enable them to catch any problems early on so you can more easily avoid implant failure. Plus, they can clean your implant dentures so that you don’t develop an infection in the future.
Getting used to your implant dentures can be a smooth process. When you follow these tips, you’ll be able to relearn how to bite, chew, talk, and smile with confidence.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry has been practicing dentistry in Marrero for more than 30 years. During his career, he has completed thousands of hours of advanced training in complex procedures, including dental implant placement and restoration. If you would like to learn more about implant dentures, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry at Lapalco Family Dental through our website or by calling the office at 504-348-0080.
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