Tips to Getting Accustomed to Your New Dentures

As with all oral appliances, there is usually a small adjustment period when you get your new dentures. Traditional dentures, partial dentures and even same-day dentures all require time to get used to. Dentures are an excellent option for those who are missing all their upper, lower or both sets of teeth. These artificial rows of teeth help you speak more clearly, smile with confidence and eat a wider array of foods. Learn how to get the most out of your dentures.

Frequently encountered issues for patients with new dentures

As soon as you get your new dentures fitted, you will want to start using them. For many, dentures can be uncomfortable during the first few weeks of wear. Most issues that many patients face during this adjustment period are simple and easy to fix, such as increased saliva and soreness of mouth muscles. Another common complaint is the feeling that dentures are bulky, as the gums and muscles adjust to having an appliance in the mouth.

Get accustomed to your dentures

Practice makes perfect. Dentures are becoming more and more advanced each year and are much more comfortable than they were even a decade ago. However, there is still the factor of adapting to dentures.

Practice chewing

One main concern among new denture wearers is how to eat with them, especially in public settings. Biting down on your first sandwich might feel a little awkward at first. As your gums and palate get used to having dentures in, you will want to make sure they are properly adjusted and securely in place. Dentures should fit snugly but comfortably. If there are any parts of the denture that feel lopsided, you may need to take it to your dentist for review.

Try out your new dentures at home before going out to eat. This way, you can practice eating different foods in the comfort of your own home. If the dentures feel like they are slipping, call our office for an appointment right away. Loose dentures have a greater chance of failing or falling out, even with the help of adhesives.

Practice speaking

To make you feel more comfortable speaking in front of your peers, practice reading a book out loud to yourself or to loved ones. Much like eating, the dentures can slip or fall out if they are not firmly in place. One tip is to try your dentures without adhesive first. If you find adhesive gives you more peace of mind, consider using a light adhesive, albeit not all the time. Your dentures should be able to stand on their own for the most part.

Wear your dentures full time

New dentures should be worn full time as soon as they are issued. Stick to the schedule given by your dentist. Although, giving mouth muscles and gums a break from the dentures is just as important as wearing them. It is generally recommended that patients remove their dentures while sleeping, or at least five hours each day.

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