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For many people, the word “dentures” makes them think of senior citizens. However, many younger and middle-aged adults are missing teeth, or have teeth that need to be replaced. And for people who may not be good candidates for dental implants, dentures may be the answer to their tooth replacement problem.

If you opt for dentures, you can expect them to feel awkward and bulky for a while. But if you experience pain or persistent pressure from your dentures, you should contact your dentist to have them adjusted. In many cases, the dentist will line your dentures after a few weeks, which will also make them feel more comfortable. Your mouth may generate more saliva than usual for a brief period. That is normal and will stop in time.

If this is your first set of dentures, you may need some practice putting them in and taking them out. And until you become used to wearing them, they may slip or ‘float’ now and then. If they continue to slip, you should let the dentist know. You may have some difficulty eating and speaking for a time. Until you have adjusted to wearing dentures, you might try cutting your food into smaller pieces. For tougher food, try cutting it into strips and chewing it on both sides of your mouth. There may be some words that will be difficult to pronounce. You can try speaking them slowly for a while, or practicing speaking them.

If you are missing some teeth and would like to find out if dentures are right for you, our dentist, Dr. Lin Wong will be happy to see you for an examination, and will recommend the best course of treatment for you. If you live in the Covina, California, area and would like to make an appointment at Wong Dental, call 626-709-3332 today.