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Old 04-26-2004, 03:19 PM   #1
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How long after dentures can you speak properly?

I have read a lot of people say that it is more difficult to speak after getting dentures. Is this a long term problem or how long until you can speak like you used to??

 
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: How long after dentures can you speak properly?

krikin,
Yours is probably the #1 most frequently asked question with people who are contemplating dentures....including myself....this was a BIG fear of mine....
I didn't find that it was as bad as I thought it was going to be. I definately thought there were a few letters that gave me more trouble than others, but I was the only one who seemed to notice. I have a teenager who would have been first in line to tell me if he noticed any speech challenges, but he never said a word!!! The first couple of days after my extractions, I had quite a bit of swelling, so the denture fit like a glove....it wasn't until the swelling started to subside and the immediate loosened up, that my tongue seemed to get in the way, and I had a bit of trouble with certain letters, but nothing that kept me hiding at home. In fact, I returned to my normal routine the day after my extractions. I was a little bit self conscious that people could tell I was wearing 'fake teeth' or that they could hear my speech was off....but my closest friends and family assured me this was all in my head.
I am almost 6 weeks into my new smile, and although there have been bumps in the road, they've been pretty minor, and I would do it again in a minute.
For me, it has been worth it to have a smile that I can be proud of and no more painful teeth!!!
The best advice I can give you is to practice, practice, practice....sing in the car...sing in the shower.....talk to yourself.....read out loud....it helps to speed up the process!
~Valerie~

 
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:52 PM   #3
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Re: How long after dentures can you speak properly?

Well, coming from very recent experience, I have had my dentures for almost 3 weeks now. For the most part I can speak pretty well, I would say I'm at about 90 percent from where I was before the dentures.

Remember - your tongue has to get used to the dentures, plus if you were missing a lot of teeth, that impacts your speech as well. My dentist told me that you are basically learning to speak all over again, just like you were a child, except it's a bit harder b/c you are a bit more conscious of how you sound. However, I practiced quite a bit. When I was driving to and from work, I would read road signs, sing along to my MP3s on my car, stuff like that.

 
Old 04-27-2004, 06:51 AM   #4
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Re: How long after dentures can you speak properly?

Thank you guys so much for all your help!! I go tomorrow for impressions and am actually looking forward to getting some new teeth I can be proud of!!

 
Old 04-27-2004, 08:18 AM   #5
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Re: How long after dentures can you speak properly?

Good luck today Kirkin -
Let us know how it goes....
~Valerie~

 
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