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As people age, they may require false teeth – either complete or partial – to take the place of teeth that have been lost. Although today’s dentures look more natural and feel more comfortable than in the past, patients may still find they have to get used to some aspects of wearing them. For example, it may take a couple of weeks to get used to how they feel in the mouth.

The American Dental Association says that the muscles in a person’s cheek and tongue will soon learn to help keep dentures in the right spot.
Talking freely may at first require some practice, focusing on words that are difficult to pronounce. If dentures slip, patients should simply bite down and swallow to guide them back into place. Some time may also be required to grow accustomed to eating with dentures.

The ADA recommends cutting food into small pieces and using both sides of the mouth while chewing to keep the mouth balanced. People are advised that they may have a more difficult time feeling hot foods and liquids. During this initial adjustment period, it is important for denture wearers to visit a dentist more frequently than usual so that modifications can be made.

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