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Dentures: Taking the Bite Out of Nervousness

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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants discusses living with dentures.

Are you ready to improve your smile but nervous to make the "big change"? We hear you. The thought of losing your natural teeth and living with dentures can be nerve-wracking.

Questions swirl like dust bunnies: Will they feel weird? Will I be able to eat normally? Can I smile confidently? Worry not, Oklahomans! This blog is your friendly guide to understanding what living with dentures is really like. Spoiler alert: it's not all doom and gloom!

First Things First: Why Dentures?

Tooth loss happens. It's a fact of life, affecting millions of people worldwide. While they aren't the only option, they offer a reliable solution for restoring your smile and function, especially when implants aren't an option. Whether you've lost a few teeth or all of them, dentures can:

  • Boost your confidence: A complete smile, even if it's not your own, can do wonders for your self-esteem. Imagine smiling freely in photos, laughing without worry, and engaging in conversations with newfound confidence.

  • Improve your speech: Missing teeth can make speaking muffled and difficult. They fill the gaps, allowing you to articulate clearly and confidently.

  • Enhance your ability to eat: Chewing becomes a chore without teeth. Dentures restore this basic function, letting you enjoy a wider variety of foods and savor the flavors you love.

  • Promote better oral health: When teeth are missing, your jawbone can shrink, impacting facial structure and increasing the risk of other health problems. Dentures help maintain jawbone health and support your facial contours.

Okay, but what's it REALLY like?

Honestly, adjusting to dentures takes time. It's a new experience, and your mouth (and mind) need to adapt. Like learning a new skill, initial challenges are normal. But remember, millions of people wear dentures happily, and Smile Stop Dentures & Implants is here to guide you every step of the way.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Fitting and Adjustments: During the fitting process, we work closely with you to achieve the most comfortable and natural-looking fit. It may take a few adjustments to refine the fit and address any initial sensitivity.

  • Speaking: Talking clearly takes practice. Don't be discouraged if you have a slight lisp initially. Speak slowly and read aloud to train your mouth muscles to adjust.

  • Eating: Start with soft foods and gradually introduce tougher textures. Chew slowly and on both sides of your mouth to get used to the feeling. Remember, with perseverance, you'll be back to enjoying most foods again!

Living with Dentures: The Upside & Downside

The Good:

  • Renewed confidence and self-esteem

  • Improved speech and articulation

  • Enhanced ability to eat a wider variety of foods

  • Better oral health and facial support

  • Freedom to laugh, smile, and engage in social activities without worry

The Not-So-Good:

  • Initial adjustment period

  • Minor speech changes (temporary)

  • Dietary adjustments (initially)

  • Regular cleaning and maintenance

The Bottom Line:

While there's an adjustment period, the benefits of dentures far outweigh the challenges. At Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we prioritize making your transition smooth and comfortable. We understand your concerns and offer:

  • Expert, caring dentists: Our team has extensive experience fitting and caring for dentures, ensuring a personalized and comfortable experience.

  • High-quality, affordable dentures: We offer various denture options to fit your needs and budget, ensuring you receive the best value for your investment.

  • Ongoing support and education: We're here to answer your questions, address any concerns, and guide you through every stage of your denture journey.

Remember, you're not alone. Millions of people wear dentures happily. With the right support and a positive attitude, you can too! Don't let fear hold you back from regaining your smile and enjoying the benefits that dentures offer.

Contact Smile Stop Dentures & Implants today for a free consultation. Let's talk about your options and help you make an informed decision for a healthier, happier you!

Together, we can take the bite out of nervousness and put the smile back on your face!

Learn more about dental services at Smile Stop Dentures & Implants here.


Call today for a free consultation!

918-446-0128 (Tulsa)

918-331-2221 (Bartlesville)


Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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