How To Adjust to New Dentures

Dentures are a very popular solution to help patients restore their smiles and fuel them with confidence in how they look. However, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into and how to effectively prepare.

Many people are rather surprised to discover their new dentures don’t feel like a perfect fit right away. This is perfectly natural, and the sensation will go away altogether as you get used to your dentures, but it doesn’t hurt to check out these tips to smooth the process:

1. Eat Soft Foods in the Beginning

Dentures can feel strange at first, so you may experience some difficulties eating or even talking. The first few days, as you’re adjusting to your dentures, opt for softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing to help ease into your new dentures.

As you get used to them, you can slowly introduce harder foods back into your diet. Just be mindful of your chewing in the beginning! You don't want to apply too much pressure and hurt your gums or jaw. 

2. Resist the Urge to Take Them out

Not everyone is lucky enough to feel very comfortable with their dentures right away. But, to adjust to them, you need to wear them as much as possible. Try to resist the urge to take them out or give up, and be patient with the process. As time goes by, your dentures will feel more and more like yours!

3. Have Some Candy on Hand

When first getting dentures, people often struggle with excess saliva as the body tries to adjust to this prosthetic. A great way to address this is to have a piece of candy on hand, which can help you swallow the saliva more naturally.

This is not permanent, by the way. Saliva secretion will diminish after you get used to the dentures.

4. Stay on Top of Your Oral Health

Dentures need to be cleaned every single day, so don’t skip your oral hygiene routine! Also, clean the mouth and any remaining natural teeth to truly ensure you stay on top of your oral health needs.

5. Introduce an Adhesive When the Time Is Right

Denture adhesive isn’t recommended in the first few weeks of getting dentures, but as you get used to them, you can introduce one to fix your dentures in place for the day.

The market is full of many choices, just be sure to clean your dentures of the extra adhesive every day to prevent build-up.

Interested in Dentures? Sarasota Bay Dental Can Help

Come to Sarasota Bay Dental to find out if dentures are right for you and get personalized care to get the smile of your dreams!

To get started, book an appointment with Dr. Robert Miller online, or call us directly at 941-200-3723 for more information about our services and how we can help.