If you’re ready to say goodbye to slipping and irritation for good, implant dentures are a great investment. As a close replica of your real teeth, you won’t have to watch what you eat any longer or worry about your teeth falling out when talking. However, you can’t savor a juicy steak right away. It’s going to take time to adjust to your new smile. Here are 4 tips to make the transition period fly by.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
Dental implants will anchor your denture to your jawbone, so your new teeth will never move from their position when talking. Unfortunately, it can take some time to get used to speaking with them, but you will overcome any anxieties about talking because practice makes perfect. The more you talk, the quicker your denture will feel natural in your mouth. Reading aloud or singing can give you the extra practice you need to communicate clearly and confidently.
2. Stick to Softer Foods
It can take a few weeks for your mouth to adjust to your new set of teeth, which can cause some soreness. You can avoid discomfort by eating softer foods that require minimal chewing until any tenderness subsides. In no time at all, you’ll be enjoying your favorite foods again because dental implants restore up to 70% of your natural biting force. Although you’ll be able to eat a variety of foods, your implant dentist will recommend limiting those that are hard or chewing to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
3. Oral Hygiene is Crucial
You’ll never have to budget to replace your dental implants because they have over a 95% success rate. Dental implants are proven to last for decades with the proper care, like brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthwash. Your new teeth won’t be vulnerable to decay, but you must still see a dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
4. Have Patience
Although you can’t wait to try out your new smile, adjusting to implant dentures takes time. The duration varies for everyone. Rest assured, your dentures will feel just like your real teeth soon enough. You can smile, speak, and eat without worrying about your teeth falling out or anyone noticing they aren’t your own.
Invest in a Complete Smile
If you’ve lost all your teeth in one or both arches, you don’t have to live with less than the best. Adding the support of dental implants to your smile is an investment in your quality of life and oral health. Your dentist will explain everything you need to know about replacing your teeth with implant dentures.
About Dr. Mark R. Guillory
Dr. Guillory earned his dental degree at the Meharry Medical College in Nashville before spending time in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. He has completed advanced training in dental implants to treat the most complex cases of tooth loss. If you’re ready to enjoy a complete smile again, contact our office today to request your consultation for implant dentures.