Tips to Help Adjust to Dentures

Oct 15, 2017, by Dr. Becky Coats

While dentures are valuable for restoring a smile lost to oral disease or injury, these appliances may require a period of adjustment on the patient’s part. Here are a few tips that may make this transition a bit easier for you.

Dentures may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but this should pass as your gums and jaws adjust to the prosthetics. You may notice some initial muscle strain, as well. Be patient. You may also want to give your gums a break periodically, especially while you are asleep. Taking your dentures out at night will give tender gum tissue a chance to recuperate. That being said, if you have enduring or severe pain, check in with your dentist. You may need to have the dentures refitted for greater comfort.

Speaking and eating will also be a little different after you get your dentures, so you should also be prepared for these changes. You likely will need to experiment and practice with your meals at first. Start with softer foods, and cut foods into small pieces that are easier to chew. Make sure that you’re chewing with both sides of your mouth, too.

Additionally, it can be helpful to practice speaking so that you learn how to talk while wearing your dentures. Reading aloud to yourself can give you ample opportunity to work on this skill.

You should also prioritize cleaning your dentures according to the instructions provided by your dentist. Good oral health is still paramount even after you get dentures.

In the process of being evaluated and fitted with their dentures, patients should check in with their dentist to see what to expect. Some symptoms, such as excessive saliva, may be normal. If you are having any problematic issues, our staff members may be able to make recommendations to help you manage the symptom.

Dentures do require an adjustment period, but it should be a relatively painless experience. If you are having ongoing problems with your dentures or have questions about managing symptoms that you experience as you get accustomed to your dentures, please feel free to contact our team at Grapevine Dental Care and check in with one of our knowledgeable staff members.