If you have just started wearing dentures, you should know from the outset that it will take some getting used to before your dentures start to feel natural. There is always a short period of adjustment to go through, but knowing what to expect can make the transition more comfortable. Today we’re going to share our tips for getting used to dentures.
Getting Used To Dentures: What’s Normal?
In the first few days after getting your dentures fitted, you may experience some uncomfortable side effects which may include
- Sore or irritated gums
- Your dentures moving around
- Difficulty speaking or eating
- An excess of saliva as your mouth may interpret your dentures as food
When you first start wearing dentures, your mouth gums and tongue need to get used to the difference in feeling. Some irritation or soreness can be expected at first, but this is usually mild and manageable. You should not experience pain, and any side effects you do experience should improve as the days pass after your fitting. The first two weeks are the most uncomfortable but ultimately, your dentures should feel completely comfortable and you should not experience soreness after about four weeks of wear.
Getting Used To Dentures: Comfort Tips
Knowing that you will go through a period of transition, here are some tips to help make those first few days as comfortable as possible.
Don’t eat hard foods
Avoid hard and crunchy foods until such time as you have acclimated to your dentures. Eating softer foods will ease the pressure on your gums and dentures as your mouth gets used to the new sensations.
By the same token, eating sticky foods can cause your denture to get pulled around in your mouth and dislodged from the position.
Whatever you decide to eat, make sure you cut it into small pieces so your dentures have less chewing to do at first – this also eases the pressure on your gums.
It’s a good idea to speak slowly so that your dentures do not move around as much. As you get used to them, you’ll be able to speak at your usual pace.
Adjust your dentures
Make sure you reposition your dentures if they slip out of place. This is important in order to avoid the development of sore spots on your gums.
Wearing dentures regularly
It is advisable to wear your dentures for as long as possible in the early days, before removing them. This will help speed up the time it takes to get used to them.
Persistent discomfort and pain
If your dentures are consistently uncomfortable or painful, whether they are old or new, it’s best to visit your dental practitioner for a consultation. Ongoing discomfort could be a sign that you need an adjustment or a relining, and not addressing it can cause irritation and sore spots to develop.
Wearing dentures can make a major difference to your quality of life when they are comfortable and well-fitting. For more help on getting used to dentures, or to have your old dentures relined or repaired, please get in touch with us: