How To Adjust To New Dentures

If you have more than one missing tooth and are looking for oral restoration options, then dentures might come high on the list. And for very good reasons. They look natural and can help you restore the normal functions of your mouth, such as chewing and speaking. 

But, getting used to dentures can be quite a journey. They will feel odd at first and a lot of people experience pain, discomfort, and soreness. These are all normal and there are quite a few tricks that can help you make this transition period smoother. 

In this article, we will share some useful tips that will help you adjust to your new dentures faster. 

How to Adjust to New Dentures

Remember, dentures are not part of your body, and you will need some time until you will get used to them. The process is different for everyone and while for some it might take just a few weeks to adjust to them, others might need more time. 

So, here are some tips that can make this process easier:

  •  Start by Eating Soft Foods

It's important to avoid aggressive chewing after getting your dentures, as this can make the adjustment period harder and longer. Stick to a soft food diet for a while and gradually include harder foods. However, it's important to practice chewing with your dentures on to get used to the sensation. In time, you will also be able to eat with your dentures without worry. 

  • Bite Mindfully

Take small bites and be mindful of how you are chewing. It can be frustrating at first, but this exercise will help you feel more comfortable while wearing your dentures. 

You can also try to cut your food into small pieces to make it easier to chew it without putting extra pressure on your dentures. You should also try to avoid taking big bites with your front teeth.  

  • Avoid Certain Foods

Sticky, hard foods can damage your dentures. They can also make them shift in your mouth, which will make the adjustment period longer and more difficult. 

  • Practice, Practice, Practice 

Because dentures feel unnatural at first, you may feel weird talking or eating when having them. Keep in mind that this sensation is normal and only temporary. But, to make it go away, you will need to practice. Read out loud or sing while wearing your dentures to get used to them. 

  • Use OTC Medication 

A lot of people give up dentures because they make their gums sore. This is normal too, but that doesn't mean that you have to live in pain for a couple of weeks. Use OTC medication to ease your pain and rub your gum with a special gel to calm the soreness. As your mouth gets used to your dentures, the discomfort will subside.

Are You Considering Dentures? Call Us in Raleigh

Getting dentures is a big decision. At Smileplicity Dentistry, we can help you determine if dentures are the right treatment for you and help make the adjustment period easier. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daiana Atari