You may have concerns about adjusting to your new dentures — from keeping them in place and chewing food, to handling discomfort or pain. When you first start wearing your dentures there may be a few challenges to overcome.
Your new dentures might feel awkward for a few weeks as you get used to them and your cheeks and tongue adjust to keeping them in place. You also may find that your dentures slip when you cough, laugh or smile. When any slipping happens you can quickly re-position your dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. These feelings will fade as you become accustomed to your dentures, but a small amount of denture adhesive during this time can help you feel assured that they are securely in place.
Soreness or Discomfort
Soreness is not uncommon with denture wearing and a simple solution of salt water moved around in your mouth can greatly reduce the pain. A denture adhesive also may be supportive as it can prevent the dentures from slipping and may reduce the rubbing on any sore spots or irritations. You also might feel that your dentures are too big or pushing your lips forward — this feeling will lessen with more wear and by giving your muscles time to adjust. If pain or discomforts persist, contact your doctor or dentist to see if your dentures need to be adjusted.
New dentures may make it feel like your salivary glands are working overtime. This is a common experience that will subside as your mouth adjusts to the presence of your new dentures. For relief, swallow more often than you normally would and try sucking on a mint or hard sweet.
One of the greatest benefits of dentures is rediscovering the joy of food. Chewing with your dentures will feel different at first and you may be fearful that they will slip when you’re eating. To avoid your dentures slipping and to feel comfortable:
- Eat soft foods at first and, as you become more comfortable, add crunchy and chewy foods
- Cut your food into small pieces and eat small bites as you adjust
- Chew food slowly and on both sides of your mouth to even out the pressure on your dentures
- Consider using a denture adhesive so they feel more secure
Stay patient as you get used to your new dentures – most problems will subside quickly and you can get back to enjoying all of your normal daily activities quite soon.