4 Tips for Adjusting to New Dentures

4 Tips for Adjusting to New Dentures from Family Choice Dental in Albuquerque, NMDentures are a popular solution for individuals who are missing any number of natural teeth. These prosthetic teeth can dramatically improve oral function and appearance, though first-time wearers report various challenges adjusting to new dentures that dentists can address.

What do most new denture wearers typically experience?

Most new denture wearers require about one month to adjust to the sensations accompanying a foreign substance in the mouth. Common symptoms that most people experience include:

  • Changed facial expressions.
  • Difficulty speaking and eating.
  • Excessive saliva production.
  • Gum and oral tissue irritation.

What are some tips for adjusting to new dentures?

Most people eventually adjust to wearing dentures. Still, although most uncomfortable symptoms resolve naturally, dentists can offer four helpful tips to help patients manage those that pose the most significant frustration.

1. Read and sing aloud

Many new denture wearers are unable to pronounce words they previously mastered. For example, words with specific letters may be particularly challenging because dentures sit in the mouth differently than natural teeth, interfering with the tongue's placement while speaking. Eventually, the mouth repositions naturally, but dentists recommend reading aloud to help patients become conscious of the adjustments necessary to produce various sounds. Singing is also helpful because it promotes slow enunciation that allows the mouth to sustain correct positioning.

2. Exercise facial muscles

Dental patients often exhibit unwanted facial expressions while adjusting to new dentures. Facial movements may change when the muscles and lips attempt to reposition around prosthetic teeth. Also, new dentures necessitate using different facial muscles than those that move around natural teeth. Activating new muscles can be strenuous and promote hypersalivation along with unusual facial expressions. Dentists may recommend exercises to strengthen the cheek muscles, even before installing dentures. Doing so helps prevent exaggerated facial movements as patients strain to use weak or previously dormant muscles while speaking or eating.

3. Stay hydrated

Anyone who wears dentures for the first time may experience some mouth soreness during the adjustment period. Although severe discomfort may indicate the need to resize poorly fitting dentures, most soreness resolves quickly as patients naturally avoid movements that cause friction. Still, it is advisable to address oral abrasions promptly. Dentists also recommend drinking lots of water to hydrate the mouth and prevent dryness that makes delicate oral tissue susceptible to damage. In addition to relieving tender spots in the mouth, adequate hydration discourages the growth of oral bacteria, which can compromise dentures and lead to gum disease.

4. Plan meals

Dentures primarily function to improve chewing ability, but many new wearers find that eating is challenging. Dentists advise patients to eat soft, room-temperature foods like eggs and yogurt and avoid hard and sticky foods, like apples and candy, immediately after receiving new dentures to reduce the chewing force that irritates sensitive gums. Also, choosing food-softening cooking methods like steaming, and cutting food into small bites to chew using both sides of the mouth, can help patients transition to eating solid foods.

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Anyone adjusting to new dentures should know that some discomfort is normal, but it is not permanent. A dentist can offer helpful tips to ensure that anyone who wears dentures has a positive experience.

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