What to Expect
Initially, your dentures will feel strange and bulky in your mouth and may often cause a temporary sensation of fullness of the lips and cheeks which will diminish over time.
Eating and speaking may become more difficult, and you may also experience trouble with gagging, excessive salivation, or an odd or diminished sense of taste in your mouth. If you take it slow and employ techniques that will help you to adjust, eventually you will feel more comfortable and wearing them will become a normal part of your everyday routine.
In the beginning, it is best to wear your dentures all the time, even at night. This will help you get accustomed to them more quickly. Once you feel comfortable wearing them, take them out at night to soak in a cleaning solution.
Most dentures need a few adjustments to fit properly. It is common to develop sore spots on your gums as you get used to wearing them. If you are experiencing sore spots, call our office and come in to have them adjusted. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can also help to ease the discomfort sore spots can cause.
Learning how to eat with dentures is a process. Using your front teeth to bite down can cause them to dislodge, so try to bite on the side of your mouth. It is essential to chew evenly on both sides of your mouth. This provides stability and helps your gums get used to the pressure.
Start with soft foods. Cut your food into little pieces and/or take small bites. Foods such as eggs, fish, yogurt, and steamed vegetables won’t put as much pressure on your mouth when chewing. Avoid foods that are sticky or chewy.
When you’re ready to tackle firmer foods such as meat, you may want to try a denture adhesive to keep them in place. Adhesives provide a strong hold and create a seal that helps to prevent food from getting in between your dentures and gums.
Speaking with dentures may seem awkward at first, but with practice it will get easier. You may notice changes in your voice and have trouble pronouncing the letters ‘S’ and ‘F’. They may shift or make clicking noises while you speak. There are a few things you can do to improve your speech:
- Before speaking, bite down gently and swallow to keep your dentures in the proper position.
- If you hear clicking sounds, try to speak more slowly. This helps to avoid movements that shift your lower denture. Denture adhesives can also help with slipping.
- Practice speaking when you’re alone. Read out loud in front of a mirror and repeat words that you have trouble pronouncing. Daily speech practice will help you learn to speak with confidence.
Some of these challenges can also be overcome with denture stabilization implants. If you need help with your dentures or are interested in learning more about implant dentures, contact AV Dental in Jersey City today.