Tips for Getting Used to Your New Dentures

Dentures enhance the appearance of your smile and can correct chewing and malocclusion problems. While most new denture wearers adapt to them quickly, it may take others a few weeks to get completely used to them. Here are some tips that will help you adapt to your new dentures so that you can fully enjoy the benefits they provide:

Use Proper Stabilization Techniques

Because dentures are not your natural teeth, they may feel like foreign objects inside your mouth. While you will get used to them eventually, they may feel cumbersome or awkward at first, and you may even notice that your cheeks and lips feel different when wearing your dentures. Most people get used the top denture faster than the bottom appliance. The top denture has the benefit of the added suction that the roof of your mouth provides. The bottom denture may feel looser and may slide out of position when you chew or talk.

To help stabilize your bottom dental appliance, press your tongue lightly against the back of the appliance to help prevent it from sliding around. If proper tongue placement fails to stabilize your bottom dental appliance, ask your dentist to suggest a strong adhesive that will keep the denture in place. Adhesives can also be used on your top denture, but you may not need it. It is important that you practice proper stabilization techniques because if your dentures keep sliding out of place, you may be more likely to develop gum irritation or even fiction sores on your gums.

If your gums feel irritated, or if they bleed, remove them, and then make an appointment with your dentist. He or she will examine your mouth and recommend a treatment plan so that your gums do not get infected.

Chew Your Food Correctly

If you don't learn how to chew properly while wearing your dental appliances, you may not look forward to eating. This may cause weight loss and nutritional deficiencies. If you lose weight, your appliances may no longer fit properly, and you will need to get them relined, or resized.

Learning the proper chewing technique can be challenging for new denture wearers, so it is important that you allow yourself enough time to get used to them. When you first get your new appliances, only eat soft foods. After getting used to eating soft foods, you can then incorporate harder foods into your diet. Chewing with both sides of the mouth simultaneously will help keep your dental appliances in place so that they don't fall out. 

If you have problems getting used to your new dental appliances, contact services like NOVA PREMIER DENTAL. When problems are addressed quickly, you will be more likely to enjoy the benefits provided by your dentures sooner.