Adaptation to new dentures

Adaptation to new dentures

Adaptation to new dentures: give yourself some time

You won’t get used to a new dental prosthesis in one day. It is normal to go through an adaptation period of 1 to 2 weeks.

The first days, it is possible that your dentures cause you some discomfort:

  • Excess saliva;
  • Nausea: it normally lasts a few hours to a few days (consult a professional if you feel nauseous for more than a week; the prosthesis may require a slight adjustment);
  • Impression that the prosthesis is too large and that it pushes the lips forward;
  • Pain: when teeth have been extracted, it is possible that you feel pain with your dentures until the total healing of the gums (6–8 weeks);
  • Discomfort at the level of the lower denture: it causes more discomfort than the upper denture because the constant movement of the tongue contributes to the instability of the lower denture.
  • Difficulty pronouncing some words;
  • Difficulty chewing some foods.

 

Most of the side effects of the removable prosthesis will disappear after a few days. On the other hand, if natural teeth are sensitive or tissues are irritated, it is important to see the denturist to adjust your dentures.

EATING WITH NEW DENTURES

During the adaptation period with new complete or partial dentures, you should avoid eating hard foods. You must adopt a soft and non-fibrous diet in which you introduce solid food gradually.

Examples of foods to prioritize during this period:

  • Fish;
  • Eggs;
  • Minced meat;
  • Cooked vegetables;
  • Puddings.

Learning to eat with dentures

With your new dental prosthesis, you will need to adapt your way of chewing food.

Here are a few guidelines for the early days:

  • Avoid biting with your front teeth;
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to even the pressure exerted on the prosthesis, thus improving its stability;
  • Take the time to chew your food;
  • Take small bites.

Important: At first, your food might taste a little different. When you wear complete dentures, especially for the upper arch, they cover a part of your taste buds. In addition, they make it more difficult to perceive the temperature of food and liquids. Be careful not to burn yourself. Over time, you will adapt to these changes and food will start to taste normal again.

FOODS TO AVOID

Partial or complete dentures are not as strong as natural teeth.

Some foods should be avoided:

  • Meat that is difficult to chew (steak);
  • Corn on the cob;
  • Crusty bread;
  • Hard and whole fruits (e.g.: apples);
  • Sticky foods: chocolate, caramel, candy (can damage the prosthesis).
  • Fruits containing small seeds (can slip between the prosthesis and the soft tissues);
  • Nuts and seeds (they are hard and we tend to chew them only on one side of the mouth, which destabilizes the prosthesis).
  • Excessive consumption of diuretic drinks like tea and coffee (they cause dehydration and dryness of the mouth);
  • Popcorn.

SPEECH TIPS (PRONUNCIATION)

During the first days with new dentures, it is normal to have difficulty pronouncing certain letters (s, v, b and f) or certain words.

It is therefore suggested to read out loud and repeat words that you have trouble pronouncing. This will help you to quickly get used to speaking with your new dentures. This adaptation period should only last a few days. At first, you will have to speak more slowly. The muscles of the lips, cheeks and tongue will become accustomed and keep your dentures in place. With a little practice, you will overcome any pronunciation problems.

DENTURES THAT MOVE AROUND

A denture adhesive helps to keep your prosthesis in place. It can be used at the beginning of the transition and adjustment period (for example, if your gums are sore).

The use of an adhesive has two main advantages:

  • Keeping food particles from getting lodged between the prosthesis and the gingiva.
  • Limiting gum irritation and discomfort.

Putting your dentures in:

  • Clean and dry your dentures;
  • Apply adhesive on your dentures (not too close to the edge)
  • Rinse your mouth before wearing the prosthesis;
  • Press the dentures firmly into your mouth and bite for a few seconds to keep them in place.

WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE DENTURES?

A dental prosthesis should be changed approximately every 5 years. A denturist will be able to tell you if your dentures should be replaced.

Delaying in doing so can affect your appearance and your comfort.

Here are some consequences that may arise from old dentures:

  • Damage to the jaw joints;
  • Irreversible transformations of your physiognomy (cheeks and lips lose their support, which creates a more aged look);
  • Poor chewing and digestive problems (depending on the wear of the false teeth).
  • Resorption of the gums;
  • Painful and inflamed gums;
  • Headaches and sore ears and neck.

See your denturist without delay

Contact your denturist if your prosthesis has the following characteristics:

  • Does not stay in place on the gums and moves around;
  • Does not enable you to chew your food properly;
  • Is yellowed;
  • Causes discomfort or pain.

The more you wait, the more difficult it will be to adapt to new dentures

Why wait until problems arise? Adaptation to a new prosthesis will be even more difficult if you delay in replacing it.

In the United States, people who wear full dentures keep them for an average of 17.6 years. Thus, 20 million people wear dentures that are inadequate and poorly adapted to their mouth. Everyone deserves the comfort of a well-fitted prosthesis. An annual appointment with the denturist and the replacement of your dentures every 5 years undoubtedly help to avoid many problems.

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