|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
March 15, 2014
How New Dentures Feel
Newly placed dentures tend to feel a little odd or loose at the beginning. It can take a few weeks for the muscles in the cheeks and tongue to learn how to keep the dentures in place. It also takes time for you to get comfortable with the insertion and removal of the dentures. At the beginning there can be some minor irritation or soreness in the mouth. There is also the possibility for an increase in saliva flow when you first start wearing the dentures. Most of these irritations or problems eventually diminish as your mouth adjusts to the dentures.
Along with the uncomfortable feel of new dentures, eating can take some time to get used to. At first, eating can feel really uncomfortable. When you get your new dentures placed in, you should eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Try chewing slowly and use both sides of the mouth. Once you start getting more comfortable with the feel of your dentures, you can start adding other foods to your diet until you have returned to your normal eating habits. Be cautious of foods that are hard or ones that have shape-edged bones in them. It is best to stay away from foods that are extremely sticky or hard and don’t chew gum. Also don’t use toothpicks while you are wearing dentures.
How Dentures Look in the Mouth
Many people worry about how dentures will look in their mouth and if they will cause them to speak any differently. Dentures are made to look like the rest of your natural teeth. They are made to look like they naturally fit into your mouth. Most of the time dentures will improve the smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Speaking can feel different after you get dentures. Some words may be difficult to pronounce. It is a good idea to practice saying difficult words out loud over and over again to relearn how they feel when speaking them. It may take some time, but you will be able to get accustomed to speaking properly with dentures. If you feel or hear your dentures “clicking”, contact your dentist so they can fix it. Dentures have been known to slip when laughing, coughing or even smiling. While this doesn’t happen all the time, if it does gently re-position them, bite down and swallow.
How Long Do I Wear Dentures?
When you first get you dentures, your dentist will instruct you on how long to wear them and when to remove them. For the first several days you will probably need to wear the dentures all of the time. This includes while you are sleeping. While this may feel uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify the areas on the dentures that may need to be adjusted. Once all the adjustments are made, you will be allowed to take them out when you go to sleep. When you sleep, your gum tissue gets the chance to rest and normal stimulation and cleaning by the tongue and saliva will take place. Once you wake up in the morning, dentures can be put back into the mouth.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.