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Your New Dentures

Just like an artificial limb, your dentures will never feel or work like the real thing. It will require a certain degree of time to get used to the presence of artificial teeth and for your tongue, lips and cheeks to adjust. It may feel odd or even uncomfortable for the first few weeks. This is a normal part of adjusting to dentures and these things usually get better as your mouth adjusts. . With time, practice and patience most people come to adapt to having dentures and begin to eat and talk with confidence.

COMMON CONDITIONS DURING THE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD

Irritation and Sores

The tissues of your mouth are among the most sensitive of your body and some time may pass before they become completely adjusted to the presence of your new dentures. During this time, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort.

We will do everything we can to ensure that your dentures are designed to fit as comfortably as possible, however, there will be times that dentures will cause irritation and even sores. Many patients require follow-up visits for denture adjustments during the first few weeks, so be assured this is a very common and expected experience. In the event that you do develop a sore spot, call us to make an appointment. Until that time, it might be helpful to try to keep the dentures in your mouth as much as possible so that the sore spot will be present during your appointment. This will help ensure that we can correctly locate and fix the problem.

Chewing

Until your dentures are comfortable you may be disappointed with chewing at first. Once you begin to use your new dentures, try to be persistent and patient with the rate of your progress. Begin with very small bites of soft food and chew very softly and gradually add more variety. Use an up-and-down chewing motion, keeping side-to-side jaw movements to a minimum.

We find that people who can chew the best with dentures have learned to balance the denture by chewing on both sides of their mouth at the same time and take smaller bites. Start by chewing small pieces of soft food on both sides of your mouth and gradually build up to chewing larger pieces of harder food. Using the muscles in your cheeks and tongue will eventually become second nature---and can greatly improve how your dentures feel while chewing.

You must realize that your dentures will never chew like real teeth. They will not allow everybody to eat absolutely everything they would like. Some foods may never be simple to chew and may cause the denture to move out of place or fail to adequately grind the food involved. Eating can take much longer because you can only apply 15-20% of the normal force. Many foods are more difficult to eat; especially fruits and vegetables.

If they feel uncomfortable while chewing and speaking you may be tempted to use denture adhesive. But with practice you may find that you do not need it.

Excessive Saliva Production

Your saliva glands naturally become overactive when any foreign body, like food, is placed in the mouth. This is a normal part of digestion. In the beginning, your dentures will feel strange, but in a few days will be accepted as a normal presence. Any excessive salivation will decrease to normal amounts within a few days.

Speaking

Some people will find that having dentures basically requires them to relearn their methods of speech. There may be awkwardness with pronunciation, the tongue struggling to form words, and possibly some unwanted sounds such as whistling and clicking. These problems will go away with time, experience and practice. To practice speaking, read out loud in front of a mirror. Pay special attention to your pronunciation and repeat words that you have difficulty saying clearly. You can also try speaking more slowly and quietly.

Realize that your speech probably sounds worse to you than it does to others. After time, any difficulty that you have pronouncing certain words will fade away.

Taste

Certain foods may taste strange or just don’t taste as good as they used to. This is usually a transitory issue that lasts only during the adaptation phase and will likely disappear when you become acquainted with your dentures. The majority of your taste buds are located on your tongue so eventually food will not taste too different. The upper denture does cover some taste buds.

Feeling of Looseness

You must learn to use your cheek muscles and tongue to help hold the lower denture in place. Initially, your tongue and cheek muscles may attempt to repel your denture as they would any foreign body. In time, and as the dentures settle into place, these muscles will stop trying to expel your dentures and learn to aid in holding them in place. At this time, you will notice a definite improvement in the fit. During the adjustment period, it might help to close your mouth and lips and suck gently on your dentures to overcome this feeling of looseness.

Gagging

Upper dentures can make some people gag. Call us if this continues beyond the initial adjustment period.

Facial Expression

Your normal expressions may seem slightly altered at first. This period of adjustment will get better as your facial muscles and lips learn to relax around the new denture.

Other issues that might affect you:

  • Tongue feels crowded
  • Dentures feel bulky--- too big for your mouth
  • Small particles of food getting under your denture
  • Nausea

These sensations should pass with time.

Please feel free to call us should you ever have any questions or concerns.

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