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Getting dentures for the first time can be a big adjustment. When Dr. James Voorhees recommends dentures in Lenexa, Kansas, it is to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile. However, they take some getting used to. In order to prepare you for this change, here are some commonly asked questions about dentures.

What do new dentures feel like?
Your new dentures may feel a little loose or odd for a few weeks until the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It may also take you a few weeks to become comfortable inserting and removing them. Be aware that minor irritation, soreness, and an increase of saliva flow may occur when you first start wearing dentures. These issues will go away as your mouth adjusts.

Will dentures make me look different?
Your dentures will be made to closely resemble your natural teeth, so there should be only a slightly noticeable change in your appearance. Depending on your specific case, dentures may even improve the appearance of your smile and fill out your face.

Will dentures make eating difficult?
Eating with new dentures takes some practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks. The best way to get used to eating with new dentures is to start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew your food slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you become accustomed to your dentures, add other foods until you reach a normal diet. Be careful with foods that are hot, hard, sharp-edged, or sticky.

If you have any other questions or concerns, our dentist will be happy to assist you. We welcome you to contact our office today for more information and to schedule an appointment.