Dentures are a wonderful option to replace lost teeth. A complete denture is implemented when replacing all of the upper or lower teeth. A partial denture may be selected when working with the loss of one or a couple of teeth.
Tooth loss can impact how words are pronounced as spoken sounds are made by the tongue in tandem with the teeth and/or lips. Depending on which teeth are lost, certain sounds may be difficult to speak clearly. Consequently, replacing those lost teeth should aid in clarifying speech.
Of course, speech will likely not be affected if certain back teeth are lost; however, if these teeth are lost and not replaced, the ability to chew will be impacted. [pullquote]When discussing dentures as an option to replace lost teeth, your dentist will be able to address the concerns you may have about speech and how a denture may affect you.[/pullquote]
When discussing dentures as an option to replace lost teeth, your dentist will be able to address the concerns you may have about speech and how a denture may affect you. Throughout the denture process, wax-ups are tried to make sure the occlusion is correct, contour and tooth spacing is right; and your dentist will likely ask you to speak a few words at each try-in as it is understood that while comfort and aesthetics are critical, so is the ability to speak clearly.
Once the patient and dentist are completely satisfied, the denture will be completed. The new denture will require some time to get used to. During this adjustment period, speech can be practiced by reading aloud. Ask a friend or spouse to offer an honest assessment if you are worried about your pronunciation.
Initially speaking slowly and deliberately may aid with speaking clearly. If your denture feels like it is moving, an adjustment may be needed.
Over time, the denture should start to feel more natural and issues with speaking should diminish. As the patient grows accustomed to wearing a denture, the need for adjustments should end.
Your dentist strives for a perfect fit with comfort, function and aesthetics as primary concerns. Following the advice of our experienced dental team regarding the care of your denture and remaining biological teeth will enhance your smile and promote good oral health for many years to come.