When wearing dentures for the first time you may well feel a little worried as you begin to get used to your new teeth. Every denture wearer has these same concerns, so remember that you’re never alone and it’s important not to panic.
• As your mouth adapts to your dentures and learns how to control them, they will tighten and feel less loose than they did when they were first fitted. On average it can take one week for every decade you have lived to adjust to new dentures.
• Your tongue and cheeks will need to move in a different way now that you have dentures, so you may at first find certain words hard to pronounce. If you practice counting repeatedly from 65 to 70 it will really help, as these are some of the hardest sounds to get used t saying. When you are alone, practice reading aloud or talking to your pet or plants. With a little practice it doesn’t take long to get used to speaking with new dentures.
• Once your gums are properly healed, remove your dentures each night. When they have been newly fitted you should leave them in for the first few nights to allow them to settle in quicker.
• Eating is much easier once you are accustomed to your dentures. Begin with very small pieces of soft food and chew gently. Try to use an up and down chewing motion rather than a side to side one. Place small pieces of food on both sides of the mouth, and chew them both at the same time.
• Initially after being fitted it is common for people to salivate a lot more, which can affect the way you speak. This is because the mouth tends to think that the denture plates are large food items. It may help to suck some sugar free boiled sweets for the first few hours when you wear your new dentures. Once you finish the sweets the salivation should decrease, and the mouth will no longer assume the denture plates are items of food.
With time and consistent use you will quickly adapt to your new dentures, and find they will fit comfortably and function extremely well.
Here at the Smile Centre we can advise you on the best type of treatment for you. To book a free no-obligation consultation, call us now. Alternatively, you can enquire online and we will call you back.