You’ve just received your new set of custom-made dentures, and are eager to have back your old (or improved!) smile -- congratulations! Like getting a new pair of stiff leather boots, dentures take a bit of adjustment, or “breaking in” time. It’s normal to experience some discomfort as one gets used to new dentures, but it won’t last forever. With a bit of practice, patience and care, soon enough you will be smiling, eating, and speaking with ease and confidence again!
Feel and Fit
It’s not unusual for dentures to feel a bit loose or bulky initially, but they will feel more comfortable in time as the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Feel free to ask us about dental creams or adhesives recommendations, and experiment with what kind works best for you. Adjusting to new dentures takes about 30 days on average.
Patients also often experience temporarily increased saliva flow as well as minor irritation and soreness. These issues will go away as your mouth gets used to the dentures. If irritation or discomfort persists, contact your dentist about adjustments for a more comfortable and stable fit. Do not attempt to adjust dentures yourself, as this can result in irreparable damage. And be sure to clean and care for your dentures and mouth daily!
Eating and Speaking With Dentures
It may feel awkward at first, but with some practice it will soon become much easier and feel more natural.
Eating with Dentures: Start out eating soft foods cut into small pieces, and gradually incorporate harder and chewier food items. Don’t skip out on nutritious food!
Speaking with Dentures: Singing is a great method of speech training, so sing along to your favorite tunes! Singing is an excellent and enjoyable way to adjust to speaking with your dentures fluidly.
Caring For Your Dentures
Regardless of the type of denture you have (full/complete, partial, or implant supported), all dentures must be cleaned daily and removed nightly. Stick to these denture care tips to ensure a healthy mouth and undamaged dentures:
Rinse and brush your dentures daily to remove food, plaque and bacteria, which can cause harm to existing teeth and gums.
When not in use, submerge your dentures in a lukewarm denture soaking solution or plain water to prevent them from drying out and warping.
Always remove your dentures while sleeping to avoid damaging them, and also to give your gums some time to relax.
Clean your entire mouth, even if you have no remaining teeth! Brush your tongue, gums, cheeks, and roof of your mouth to stimulate circulation and remove plaque. This also helps reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
Keep up with your regular dental appointments so that your dentist can keep an eye out for any changes in your mouth, and recommend any changes as necessary.
Seeking more information about caring for or adjusting to your dentures, or about any other dental care issues? Call us at (503) 644-1126 - we’re happy to help!