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Adjusting to Dentures: What should I expect during the first few weeks?

dentures Battle Creek MIReceiving dentures is an exciting time. After suffering from tooth loss, having a complete smile can be a big boost to your self-esteem. Adjusting to dentures does take some time. In the beginning, you will likely experience slight soreness in your gums and have some difficulty eating and speaking. Fortunately, once you’ve adjusted to your new teeth, you will enjoy a complete smile for years to come.

Here are helpful tips to make adjusting to dentures a little easier.

Temporary Soreness

Unlike our teeth, which are rooted in the jaw, dentures rest solely on the gums. The weight of your new teeth can make gums feel tender for the first couple of weeks. While having sore gums isn’t the most pleasant sensation in the world, know that this symptom will subside.

Some patients will remove their dentures as a response to sore gums, but this will only prolong your adjustment phase. Try to keep your dentures in throughout the day and only take them out when you sleep. Over-the-counter pain medicines like Advil or Tylenol can help mitigate some discomfort as you adjust to your new smile.

Limited Oral Function

Speaking and eating with dentures can feel foreign and uncomfortable in the beginning. With practice, however, you will be speaking clearly and enjoying your favorite foods in no time.

When speaking, one way to ease your adjustment to dentures is to read aloud for 30 minutes one or two times a day. This gives you practice with pronouncing a variety of words. The more you practice, the faster you will adjust.

Eating comfortably with dentures takes practice, too. We recommend selecting soft and semi-soft foods for your meals during the first couple of weeks to help you learn how to bite and chew food with your new teeth. If you do eat chewier or harder items, cut them into small pieces. Give yourself plenty of time to eat since eating with new dentures in a rush can be frustrating.

Within a couple of weeks, living with your new smile will be comfortable and easy. Our practice offers beautiful, custom-made dentures. Call the office of Dr. John Morris to reserve a tooth replacement consultation with our dentist.