What are the downsides of having dentures?
It's important to have realistic expectations of dentures. Dentures are removable, they’re not a permanent, fixed solution to missing teeth. Getting used to them will take time, and they may feel a bit uncomfortable to start with. Your dentist may schedule a check-up appointment a week after fitting your new dentures to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Your dentures should start to feel more secure as you get used to them.
Generally, dentists advise against wearing dentures at night. But your dentist may suggest that you wear them night and day for the first week or two, to help you get used to them.
You may find some words difficult to pronounce at first, but this usually improves with time. Try reading out loud to practice.
It can take a while to get used to eating with new dentures, so it's best to start with soft food. Try to use both sides of your mouth at the same time. This will help to keep your dentures in place.
You need to look after and maintain your dentures. If not cared for, they can become brittle. As you age, your facial structure changes, which means you might need to have your dentures adjusted to fit properly. However, they should last between five to eight years, depending on how well they’re cared for.