Getting dentures for the first time takes some adjustment. Anytime you introduce something foreign to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as getting braces, it can take some time to get used to. There may be some soreness and general discomfort. But once your mouth gets accustomed to the dentures you’ll likely find that you can eat and talk more easily than you could before.
There are different types of dentures. Some are removable and others are fixed, such as implant supported dentures. Some are partial and others consist of a complete arch of teeth. Whatever type of dentures you get, there are ways to make the transition a bit easier. Try these 3 tips for getting used to dentures.
- Start with soft foods. Eating is definitely one of the biggest challenges to getting used to dentures, but this is one of the main purposes of your dentures. Once you get used to eating with dentures you will find that you can eat most things you could eat before and even some things you couldn’t if your teeth were causing you pain.
Ease into eating with dentures by starting with soft foods. As you get used to eating the softer foods, gradually ease into chewier and harder foods. If you’re experiencing sore gums or cheeks, give yourself a few days before trying harder foods to allow your mouth to heal.
- Take breaks from your dentures. You don’t have to wear your dentures all the time, but the longer you wear them the sooner your mouth will get used to them. If you’re experiencing a great deal of pain or discomfort, try taking them out every 4 hours or so for a short period of time to let your mouth rest.
Removable dentures are usually removed at night while you sleep. This gives you the longest rest period from your dentures each day. A lot of healing can happen overnight. Try rinsing your mouth with salt water after removing your dentures at night, as it can help to accelerate healing.
- Go back to your dentist for readjustments. Sometimes dentures don’t fit exactly right at first. If you are experiencing severe discomfort or if your dentures fail to stay in place, call your dentist. It may be necessary to go back in order to have your dentures adjusted for a better fit.
How do you know if your dentures are poorly fitting or if you’re just in need of a longer adjustment period? If your dentures seem to slip around a lot or fail to suction properly, they may need to be adjusted. A change in adhesives can also help. Another sign of poorly fitting dentures is if your gums feel like they are being pinched. Call your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms.
Get Dentures or Denture Adjustments at Oakdale Dental Associates
If you’re in need of dentures or if you need your dentures adjusted, Oakdale Dental Associates can help. We offer a complete range of dental services, including denture fittings, adjustments, and repairs. If you need multiple or all of your teeth replaced, dentures are an affordable option. Dental insurance will likely cover part of the cost of your dentures. Oakdale Dental Associates accepts many dental insurance plans and is a participating provider with a long list of insurance companies.