Dentures are one of the best ways for an individual to replace unhealthy natural teeth, and although they come with a very wide range of benefits, that does not mean that they are easy to get used to at first! This adjustment period may include some difficulties with your dentures that you were not expecting, but this is a very natural part of the process, and can last between one month and three months, depending on the individual, their age, the health of their mouth, and what kind of dentures they have.
These are some of the more common changes that you may experience with new dentures:
Changes in your expression
Your facial muscles will take a little time to get used to the dentures in your mouth, so don’t be surprised if your face looks a little different when you first get dentures.
Too much saliva
Our body’s instinct when we put something in our mouth is to increase saliva output in case it is edible, and you may find that your mouth does this, but it will only take a few days for your mouth to adjust.
Our mouths are very sensitive, and the pressure and/or rubbing of new dentures can sometimes create sore spots. Your dentist may want to make slight changes to the shape and size of your dentures based on this, and so you must always make sure you have follow up appointments to check that the fit is just right.
Problems with speech
Our teeth affect the way that we talk, and so it is natural that dentures will change this slightly. You will have to be patient and practice if this is you, and one of the best ways to do this is to read aloud to yourself, and repeat frequently any words that you find difficult.
If sore spots have developed, you may find chewing to be very uncomfortable, but there are easy ways that you can lessen this. Taking smaller bites and eating softer foods will immediately make a positive difference, as will chewing up and down rather than side to side at the beginning. As your dentures get more used to this, you can move on to more foods.
Kitchen sink syndrome
Everything except the kitchen sink in your mouth? Don’t worry, it is natural for your dentures to feel strange and unnatural in your mouth. This feeling may continue for days or weeks, but it will subside.
When all of the adjustments have been made, your dentures will feel very natural, but until then you may find that natural movements by your tongue and cheeks may move them. This does not mean that they are necessarily loose, but it can be quite unsettling. If this happens, close your mouth, push your lips together, and suck gently on your dentures. This will make them stop moving.
Gagging or nausea
Some people will find that their gap reflex is forced when they start to wear dentures, and this can cause nausea as well. Your dentist can reduce the pressure that your dentures are putting on your upper palate, which will reduce this.
Many, if not all of these problems can be lessened or reduced by using small diameter implants when you have your new dentures fitted.
For a free consultation regarding denture adjustments, call Paige Woods, DDS at (619) 359-6569.