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 the way you sound when you speak. This can be difficult to deal with, but don’t worry, it will be worth it. With a bit of time, wearing dentures will start to feel natural, and you can eat, speak and smile with confidence again. The muscles in your tongue, cheeks and lips will need to be adjusted to hold your dentures in place. 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 salivate more than before. This is normal, as your mouth gets used to the foreign object in your mouth, but after a while, salivation decreases. You may also suffer from a bit of soreness initially, 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 with warm salt water for the first 14 days. However, if any soreness or pain persists, 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 can form words with ease again. 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 chew foods to keep up a balanced and healthy diet. Practice chewing on both sides of your denture to keep it stable.