One of the frequent questions patients ask us before they are fitted for dentures is related to the comfort of the dentures. Are dentures actually comfortable? The answer is both yes and no. The reality is that when you first wear your dentures, you will go through an adjustment period. Overtime, dentures will become increasingly comfortable to wear as your mouth adjusts to them. Do not be put off by the fear of discomfort from dentures. Rather, the best course of action is to prepare yourself to transition into wearing your dentures. The following tips will help make wearing dentures a comfortable experience.
When you first leave the dentist’s office with your new dentures in place, remind yourself to have patience. The initial stage can be the most taxing. During this first stage, you will need to adjust to the feel of dentures in your mouth. While your dentist can tailor fit them to rest comfortably in your mouth, they will still feel like a foreign object for the first few days. You might feel like your dentures are bulky or cumbersome, but this feeling is normal and will subside with time. Give yourself a break when needed by removing your dentures periodically throughout the day.
Practice Makes Perfect
One of the initial problems you might face is difficulty speaking clearly with your new dentures in place. It can feel embarrassing at first to try and talk with others with your new dentures in place. The best thing you can do is spend some time each day practicing your speech in the privacy of your home. Have patience with yourself and understand that over time your speech will return to normal as your mouth and tongue adjust to the placement of your dentures.
Eat Soft, Healthy Foods
Another struggle new denture wearers often face is the task of eating. Start off by eating soft, easy to manage foods. Stick to healthy foods like mashed sweet potatoes or cottage cheese. Don’t expect to chomp down on a medium rare steak your first night. Another way you can make eating easier is to chew smaller portions than normal. This will give you practice at chewing with your dentures in place without sacrificing a variety of food.
Take Good Care Of Your Mouth
If you are experiencing discomfort from your new dentures, get in touch with your dentist. While mild discomfort is part of the adjustment period, your dentures should not be causing you excessive pain. Your dentist can re-adjust your dentures if they are not fitting properly. Be sure you follow the care routine your dentist advised you. Don’t sleep with your dentures in at night, and clean them thoroughly each evening when taking them out.
Interested in finding out if dentures could be the solution you are seeking? We can help you decide if dentures are the right investment for you. Feel free to reach out today to learn more about how dentures can help you regain normalcy in your life.