Adjusting To Dentures
What To Expect
It takes time and patience to get used to dentures. At first your dentures may feel odd and bulky. They may cause a temporary feeling of fullness of the lips and cheeks. This sensation will lessen over time.
You also might experience increased flow of saliva, gagging and an unusual or reduced sense of taste in your mouth. Eating and speaking may become more challenging, but there are techniques you can use to help you adjust more easily. Eventually, your dentures will feel comfortable and become an ordinary part of your daily life.
Helpful Tips For Adjusting To Your New Dentures
When you get your new dentures, it’s best to wear them all the time, even at night. This will help you get used to them more quickly. Once you get comfortable with wearing them, take them out before you go to bed and soak them in a cleaning solution.
Most dentures need a few adjustments to fit correctly. Initially, it’s common for sore spots to develop on your gums. If you have discomfort from sore spots, rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help. If you have sore spots that won’t go away or you feel like your denture isn’t fitting properly, call our office and come in for an adjustment.
Learning to eat with dentures takes practice. Using the sides of your mouth to bite down will help keep them in place. Chewing evenly on both sides also helps your gums acclimate to the pressure and provides stability. Avoid using your front teeth when you bite down, as this causes shifting.
Starting with soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt and scrambled eggs can help you avoid frustration as you become accustomed to eating with your dentures. Cut food into small pieces and take small bites. Avoid sticky or chewy foods.
A denture adhesive can help keep them in place when you’re ready to eat more solid foods such as meat. Adhesives also create a seal that helps to prevent food from getting in between your dentures and gums.
Talking with your dentures in may make you uncomfortable at first, but it will get easier with practice. It’s not uncommon for them to shift or make clicking noises while you’re speaking. You may find it difficult to pronounce the letters 'S' and 'F' or notice that your voice sounds different. These tips can help you improve your speech:
- Before you speak, softly bite down and swallow to keep your dentures in the correct position.
- Speak slowly to avoid clicking. This will help to inhibit movement that may cause your lower denture to shift. Denture adhesives can also help keep it in place.
- Read out loud in front of a mirror and practice words that you have trouble saying. If you practice speaking every day, you’ll learn to speak with confidence.
For more information about dentures or to schedule an appointment, contact Rangel Dental in Morristown, New Jersey today!