Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Dentures not only give you a beautiful smile, they let you eat and speak with confidence. However, it takes a little time to adjust to your new life with dentures.

Dr. Jerome Bock at Cityview Dental Arts in Chicago creates custom-fit dentures that improve your speaking and chewing. He also supports you as you adjust to your new teeth.

Here’s what you feel with new dentures

Like any oral appliance or dental prosthetic, full or partial dentures at first feel strange to your tongue and the soft tissues in your mouth. When you go home with your new dentures, they may feel bulky, too big, or too loose. Relax; this is perfectly normal. 

Also, saliva production increases when you wear new dentures, and your gums and jaw muscles may feel sore and tired. With time, these issues typically go away.

Give your new dentures time

You might need up to 30 days before you completely adjust to how your new dentures feel and look. Here’s a typical timeline and tips for adjusting to new dentures.

First week

For the first week, eat soft foods like pudding, ice cream, and mashed potatoes, which are gentle on your gums and make adjusting to dentures easier. As you progress to other foods, take small bites and chew with both sides of your new teeth. 

Second week 

Don’t despair if your gums feel sore in places where your dentures absorb the most pressure when you talk or chew. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to ease your discomfort. If painful spots persist, call our office for an appointment with Dr. Bock, who will make sure your dentures fit perfectly. 

Third week 

Talking and eating get easier, and extra saliva should disappear, too. Practice reading aloud or singing, so you get used to forming a variety of words with your dentures. 

Fourth week 

As you approach the 30-day mark, you should be accustomed to eating most foods with ease and talking naturally. 

How to maintain dentures

Generally, it’s a bad idea to wear your dentures 24 hours a day. Remove them before sleep to give your mouth and gums a break overnight. 

Clean your dentures daily to keep them looking good and fitting snugly. Use a denture cleanser and brush to remove adhesive and food. Clean and brush your gums, tongue, and soft palate, too.

When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in a safe place. 

If you’re missing teeth and want to learn more about full and partial dentures, contact our office and schedule an appointment. Call 309-432-5483, or use our online scheduling tool.

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