Dealing with the Most Common Problems After Getting Dentures
- Posted on: May 30 2014
One of the most common concerns from patients who just had dentures here at our Wheeling dental practice is whether or not there will be major changes to the way they eat and speak. Generally, getting used to your dentures takes time that even well-made dentures may feel unfamiliar to you at first.
The following aspects are the common problem areas immediately following placement of dentures:
Problems with Denture Fit
It is normal for dentures to feel loose at first, particularly with lower dentures. We often tell our patients that it takes time for their dentures to “bed-in” as the muscles in the cheeks, lips, and tongue also need time to get used to the new fit of the dentures.
Denture adhesives in the form of gels, strips, and pastes can help you deal with the “bedding-in” phase. They can help you speak and eat more confidently during this period but may be not be necessary anymore once the denture has fitted well.
Minor irritation may occur with new dentures, particularly when you’re eating. Adjustments can be done during follow-up consultations. We encourage you to take note of the specific parts where irritation frequently happens so you can specifically pinpoint them to your dentist on your next visit.
Eating with Your Dentures
Eating with dentures is one of the common problems encountered by our patients with new dentures. We encourage them to go on a soft food diet such as soups, eggs, and soft bread. As the days and weeks progress, you can choose to gradually eat your way to harder foods until it becomes comfortable for you.
In addition, consider the following eating tips with your new dentures:
- try to cut your food into small bite-size pieces
- consider biting and chewing sideways to eat more food
- bite on your food using the side and back teeth and avoid using your front teeth as it can dislodge the dentures
Speaking with Your Dentures
It may be difficult to speak during the first 3 days, particularly with increased salivary flow. However, most patients have reported that speaking tends to improve as the weeks progress.
If you’d like to learn more about ways on how to get used to your dentures, call us at 304-845-2480 to schedule a personal consultation. You can also opt to fill out this contact form. We look forward to providing you with the smile you rightfully deserved!
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