Adjusting to your new dentures
If you’ve just started wearing dentures, you are likely to feel a little self-conscious about the way they look and way you sound when you speak. This can be difficult to deal with, but don’t worry, it will be worth it. With a little time wearing dentures will start to feel natural and you will be able to eat, speak and smile with confidence once more. The muscles in your tongue, cheeks and lips will need to become adjusted to holding your dentures in place, and after a while, this will become second nature. With a little patience and plenty of practice, you’ll get there in the end.
What you can expect in the first few days
You will find that you will salivate more than before, this is normal as your mouth gets used to the foreign object in your mouth, but after a while, salivation with decrease. You may also suffer from a little soreness in the beginning as your gum tissue becomes accustomed to the denture. If your gums are still healing from tooth extraction, you can expect them to feel a bit sensitive. To help with the soreness, you can rinse your mouth out with warm salt water during the first 14 days. However, if any soreness or pain persists then, you should consult your dentist or dental technician at your next checkup.
Eating and speaking
The difficulty with speech can dent the confidence of new denture wearers, but it will feel more natural with time, and you will be able to form words with ease once more. Try practising any troublesome words when you’re alone. You can read and sing aloud to get as much practice as possible.
When it comes to eating, start with soft foods and cut your food into small pieces. After a while, you can gradually move on to harder and more difficult to chew foods to keep up a balanced and healthy diet. Practise chewing on both sides of your denture to keep it stable.