Getting Used to Your New Dentures
Some patients find the experience of adjusting to their new dentures for the first time to be challenging. It will be a new sensation that will take you a period of time
Time, Patience & Will Power: Initially, dentures will often feel strange and bulky and will cause a feeling of fullness of the lips and cheeks. In time, these feelings will subside and you will feel more comfortable.
Other Symptoms: You may also experience slurred speech, gagging, excessive salivation and funny or diminished taste. Again, these issues usually disappear over time. However, if they continue, please contact our office to let the dental staff know about your particular difficulty. We’re here to help you!
Learning to Chew with Your New Dentures: Learning to chew with new dentures takes time. Start with soft foods and gradually introduce more difficult foods.
Lower Denture Challenges: It is especially difficult to adjust to a lower denture, because it “floats” on your lower gums and will not have the suction that your upper denture has. Try resting your tongue against the inside, front edge of the lower denture to help hold it in place. Until you learn good tongue and lip control, adhesives are recommended. Adhesives may also be useful for upper dentures.
Other Suggestions: At first, you may want to consider wearing your dentures all the time, even at night, to adapt to them more quickly. After you have become accustomed to them, you should take them out at night and follow a good