Will dentures affect my speech?

Dentures may affect your speech, but the effect may be an improvement.

If existing dentures are worn and ill fitting, speech sounds may be adversely affected. The patient may not even realize the changes over time and may, in fact, be used to the altered speech patterns. This can also be the case if there are many missing, loose, or malposed teeth.

When dentures are fabricated, measurements are taken and wax molds are created to properly set the teeth for patient and dentist to evaluate. The teeth are set to allow for occlusion, esthetics and appropriate speech sounds. When the dentures are checked in the mouth prior to completion of the fabrication process these factors are evaluated. In fact evaluation of speech sounds aids in deciding on the correct position for teeth.
For those new to wearing dentures, pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you're talking, speak more slowly.

You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.
The position of your teeth affects your speech. Your dentist will determine the position of the front teeth in your dentures with phonetics. At the denture try in appointment, the teeth position and bite will be checked. If there are problems with speech, your dentist may adjust the position of the teeth in the try in denture. He will have you say several words to check the phonetics before your denture is processed. In addition to the position of the teeth, just having something foreign in your mouth at first with a new denture may cause you to slur your speech. This is normal and once you have adjusted to your new denture, your speech should return to normal.
If you've been missing teeth, dentures will likely improve your speech in the long run. However, dentures may make speaking difficult at first while you adjust to wearing them. You may have to speak slowly while you get used to speaking using dentures. Generally, speech with dentures gets better over time and eventually will be much easier than speaking without them. Talk to your dentist if you experience significant difficulty speaking with dentures in, or if your dentures click, slip, or have other negative effects on your speech.

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