Expect an Adjustment Period with Your Dentures

What to Expect in the First Few Days

In the first few days of using your dentures, you should strive to simply keep them in your mouth. Atlantic Denture Clinic advises that you limit your chewing to soft foods only. Your dentures should be worn all night only on the first night. You may need an immediate adjustment the following day – this is normal. You may notice that some sore spots develop during the first 24 hours.

Abundance of Saliva Is Normal

Many patients may experience an abundance of saliva in the early adjustment period. Your salivary glands will adjust to the dentures as well and resume normal production after a short time. You simply may need to swallow more often.

You May Feel Like Your Upper Denture Is Too Long

It is common to experience a gagging sensation in the first few days. This will also disappear in time. You may feel like the upper denture is too long. This typically is not the case as we take extra care to make sure your dentures are fabricated to exact measurements. The seal or suction could be damaged if the denture is shortened. Patience and perseverance are critical to your success. You will adjust in time.

Your Tongue May Feel Confined

Some patients will have the sensation of the tongue being confined and interfering with the lower denture’s stability. This often occurs in patients who have been missing their back teeth for a long time or if a previous denture was not fitted properly. Your tongue will retain its muscle tone and become more narrow and rounded. Atlantic Denture Clinic can thin the tongue sides of the denture to help you if necessary.

Early Adjustments to Your Dentures Are Part of the Process

In the early days, you will likely experience irritations or sore spots that may require adjustments to your dentures. This is normal and Atlantic Denture Clinic is here to help. Appointments are available for your adjustments. Please call whenever you have an issue and we will ease your discomfort. We advise that you should never attempt to repair a denture yourself. In the event of a problem, keep your denture out as much as possible and use warm salt rinses until your appointment.

Difficulty Speaking Is Common

Patience and practice are important when learning how to speak while wearing dentures. Your speech will improve as the tissues of your mouth become accustomed to the new dentures and as you learn to control the lower denture. Practicing words that give you trouble in front of a mirror will sometimes help.

Chewing Will Take Time

Relearning how to eat is probably the most common difficulty for new denture wearers as the experience is much different from eating with your natural teeth. Your natural teeth come equipped with sensory nerves capable of sensing pressure, temperature and pain. Conversely, your denture is not anchored and feels nothing as it rests on soft movable tissues covering the jaw bones.

Your Denture May Feel Unstable When Chewing

The forces that occur during chewing must be distributed uniformly over the denture surfaces for your dentures to remain stable. When force is applied to only one side, the other side will tip away from the tissue. While some patients may be able to eat things like apples or corn on the cob, we advise that your denture is not intended to bite things with the front teeth. Doing this will cause your dentures to move and may eventually result in damage to underlying bone.

Practice Chewing on Both Sides

A trick to the chewing dilemma is to master learning to chew simultaneously on both sides. You can practice on a brittle food like a cracker by placing a portion of the cracker on both sides of your mouth. This may seem awkward and difficult at first as we naturally use one side of our mouth when chewing, but this practice will help you in the long run and help prevent future problems. Learn more about the types of food you should avoid.

Eat Food You Can Cut into Small Pieces

Atlantic Denture Clinic recommends selecting food which can be cut into small pieces and placed on the back of the teeth. This will help you in social situations. Attempt to chew on both sides until you can swallow. In time, this process will become more natural and your denture limitations will not be evident. Ask us about the use of denture adhesives to help with this learning period.

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