Have you just become the proud owner of new dentures? There is a short adjustment period when you first start to wear dentures because your mouth must get used to how to function properly with this new dental restoration. Typically, it takes a little longer to get accustomed to a lower denture than it does to an upper denture.
You may find your tongue repeatedly investigating this new presence in the mouth. After a while, it will get used to how it feels and will stop poking at it. You might also find yourself biting your tongue or cheek. You are not used to having teeth where before there were none, but again, a little adjustment time is all that is needed.
For eating with your new dentures:
- Start off with a soft diet, or even a liquid diet. If the food is easy to chew, you will have a smoother transition.
- As you work your way back to your normal and favorite foods, cut them into small pieces or take small bites.
- If you previously had teeth missing more from one side of the mouth than the other, you might have a habit of chewing more on the side with more teeth. Now try to put the same amount of food on each side. This will balance your chewing and biting forces and keep the dentures stable.
- Do not rush your meals. As you learn new habits and sensations, it is best to take time to give yourself better opportunities of adjusting.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods while your mouth is becoming used to the presence of dentures over the gums.
In regard to speaking with your new dentures:
- Be patient with yourself, as it can take anywhere from two to six weeks to get used to the new feel.
- Try reading out loud (whether to a loved one or to yourself) as practice.
- You could also read out loud in front of a mirror. This will make you confident that your appearance is normal and your dentures look like normal teeth.
Be sure to wear your dentures every day during this transition period. If you would like Dr. Wilcox to check any sore spots, it is important to wear the dentures for at least 24 hours before your visit to our Glendale dental office. That will make the sore spot easier for him to see and he will be able to determine the best adjustment to make.
If you would like to find out whether dentures are the right tooth replacement option for you, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona.