It really takes patience, time and a strong will to be able to wear those dentures without any problem. Especially if you have been living with missing teeth for a long period, you got used to “life without teeth” and consider that normality. Allow for some time to pass, have patience and you will see that wearing dentures is not even that difficult, and the quality of your life will get much better.
First time denture wearing symptoms include:
- excessive salivation
- feeling of a “foreign object” in your mouth
- diminished sensory perception regarding taste
Don’t worry, these are only temporary symptoms. You need to allow approximately one month to pass, and things will get better. A good idea would be to start consuming soft foods at first.
By doing so, you will avoid accidentally biting your tongue, lips or the inside of our cheeks with the new teeth. Also, start chewing on both sides of your mouth. This way, you will surely stabilize those teeth, and this is the normal way to chew. In order to avoid dislodging your newly fitted dentures, avoid as much as possible biting foods with your front teeth.
Lower dentures are much more complex to get used to. Until you finally get managed to wearing the lower set of dentures, these might shift and move within your mouth, sometimes you might even feel they come out of your mouth. If these are removable dentures you are wearing, you need to invest even more patience and willingness to get used to them.
Use a good denture adhesive to hold the denture set in place. Perform a lot of speaking out loud exercises in the mirror.
It might sound funny but such exercises can really help you control your lips, mouth and tongue when you are wearing dentures. You’ll see that with every day that passes, you can speak much better without slurred speech, the gag reflex will diminish too and salivation will be under control.
During the first critical period of wearing dentures, give yourself a break. Take out the dentures for half an hour to an hour every day, and take them out before going to bed.
As you are adjusting to your new set of teeth, sore spots on your gums or insides of the cheeks might appear. Use the special dental wax to keep your mouth moist and don’t forget to rinse your mouth twice a day with a mixture of salt and water. This solution will aid the healing process, and will help you shorten the time up until you will feel those dentures truly comfortable.
If you opt for dental implant stabilized dentures, your adjustment period will be much easier. Ask your dentist more information on this topic.