Adjusting to Life With Dentures

If you’ve chosen dentures to replace missing teeth, it’s important to know that they take some getting used to. It’s common for dentures to feel awkward initially. Adjusting to wearing dentures takes some practice learning how to comfortably talk and eat with your new dental appliance.

Rest assured that you aren’t on your own on your journey with dentures. At Pro Denture Care in Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, top-quality dentists Rick Brar, DMD, and Irej Aslam, DDS, help you every step of the way, from ensuring a comfortable fit to helping you make a smooth transition. Should any challenges arise, we can help you navigate so that you’re feeling comfortable with your dentures in no time.

Start with a proper fit

Traditional dentures are designed to fit snugly over your gums. Denture adhesive is available to boost stability, and the upper part of your dentures uses a piece of material to improve suction.

Ensuring a good, comfortable fit is our top priority. When your dentures fit well, making the transition is often easier. We will work closely with you to ensure a proper fit and can make adjustments if you find that your dentures aren’t fitting well.

Persistent discomfort, significant gum irritation, and pressure sores are common signs of ill-fitting dentures.

Expect some initial awkwardness

While dental implants are permanent and feel most like your natural teeth, they aren’t for everyone. If you choose dentures to restore your smile, expect some awkwardness in the beginning.

Your dentures may occasionally slip, you may find that you pronounce words differently, and it may feel awkward when you chew. As you get used to your dentures your speech will return to normal and speaking and eating with your dentures will feel more natural.

Initial gum soreness is normal

Don’t be alarmed if you experience some gum soreness when you first start wearing your dentures. You may also notice your mouth producing more saliva. This is temporary. To help you transition smoothly, it helps to avoid more difficult to chew foods and stick with softer, well-cooked foods until you’re more comfortable with your dentures. Doing so will limit gum soreness and help you adjust.

Ease back into your regular eating habits as you get used to your dentures.

Keep in mind that you should eat certain foods with care even after you’ve adjusted to your dentures. Foods such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and sticky foods can be challenging to eat with dentures.

Speaking with your dentures

It’s typical to find it challenging to pronounce certain words when you first start wearing your dentures. The first few weeks you’ll need to practice speaking and you’ll find that it gets easier quickly. 

You may find that your dentures feel different when you speak, or they may slip or move as you talk. If your dentures slip too much or seem too loose, make an appointment with your Pro Dental Care provider.

To learn more about adjusting to life with dentures, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team by calling or booking online today with one of our providers. 

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