Learning how to wear your new dentures can truly be frustrating. This is going to be a complete adjustment process. Just know that no two situations are the same and will require some patience.
For the most part, the things you're going to experience are completely normal and are no reason to be nervous about. Here are some things you will run into while getting used to your new dentures.
Common Problems with New DenturesKeeping your dentures in your mouth is going to take some practice. Lower dentures take more patience getting used to because they move around a lot easier. As the top denture can suction to the roof of your mouth, it's not that easy for the lower denture. Try resting your tongue on the lower denture until you get used to them being in your mouth.
Many people talk about how dentures feel bulky or they make their lips stick out farther. Keep in mind there will be an adjustment process. No matter how hard we try, we can't replace our own teeth.
Learning how to eat will be a challenge. You will start out with soft food so that your gums have time to heal. Once you do start eating normal foods you will want to use both sides to keep that balance. You're going to want to stay away from using your front teeth because that will most likely cause them to pop loose.
There is a good chance you're going to experience slurred speech. Until you get used to having your new dentures you're not going to talk the same way. A good idea is to practice to yourself in a mirror until you get the hang of it.
Your new dentures will need adjustments made while you're getting used to them. They should feel snug but not painful. As the swelling goes down they may start to feel loose. Getting adjustments as needed is important to keep up with. Loose dentures can cause sore spots on the gums and will be uncomfortable. Usually adjustments can be made for free for the first 60 days.
If you experience increased saliva or gagging this is also normal. This too will decrease over time. If you find that it does not go away within about a week or two your dentist can make an adjustment for you.
We understand you may have anxiety over needing new dentures. Stay focused on the positives with your decision to get them. Soon you will have that perfect smile back. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, and continue with regular office visits with your dentist, I'm certain you will be happy you did it.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (623) 738-2639 today.