Dentures may take a short while to get used to. They may seem uncomfortable at first, which is completely normal. Luckily, there are ways to ease into life with dentures.
Dr. Tracy Chan at Marina Dental Care in San Francisco is an accomplished and skilled specialist in implant-supported dentures. Restoring your smile with custom dentures improves your self-esteem and helps you chew and speak with confidence.
Dr. Chan offers immediate dentures, which are placed in just a few days, plus other options such as standard, cosmetic, or partial dentures.
Here are several tips for adjusting to life with your new dentures.
5 tips to help you get used to life with dentures
New dentures feel much different than natural teeth, and adapting to them can take time. However, with patience and the right plan, you can get back to your normal activities quickly. Use these tips to help you get comfortable with your dentures faster.
1. Eat soft foods
Eating softer foods puts less pressure on your gums as you get used to your new teeth. Try to avoid removing your dentures when you eat. Wearing them consistently is a crucial step in this adjustment period.
During the first few weeks after you start using your dentures, try eating foods like:
- Mashed potatoes
- Pudding or Jell-O
- Ice cream
- Hot cereal
As it becomes easier to eat these foods, you can transition to soft solid foods, like rice and cooked vegetables.
2. Let your mouth heal
You shouldn’t have sores in your mouth from your dentures, but you may find that you have sensitive gums. You may also have more saliva, which will get better the longer you wear your dentures.
Be patient as you adjust to your dentures and pay attention to how they feel in your mouth. If you do develop sores, that can mean that your dentures don’t fit properly. In that case, you should call Dr. Chan so that they can be refitted.
3. Use adhesives
After the first few weeks with your dentures, you can start using denture adhesives. An adhesive keeps your dentures in place, which allows you to eat and speak more comfortably.
Don’t use an adhesive to compensate for dentures that fit poorly. If your dentures don’t fit well, visit our office for an adjustment.
4. Practice talking
You might have difficulty talking with dentures at first. To get used to how your dentures feel when you speak, practice talking to your friends, family, pets, or even yourself.
You can also do cheek exercises to strengthen the muscles in your face. Stronger cheek muscles will give you more control over your speech, which will help you grow accustomed to your dentures more quickly.
5. Follow the dentist’s plan
Dr. Chan gives you a post-extraction plan after you have your teeth removed. Following this plan allows you to recover faster and with fewer problems.
Make sure you take care of your gums and mouth once you get new dentures. That means keeping your dentures clean and brushing your gums, your tongue, and the roof of your mouth to prevent infection.
Let’s discuss dentures
Having trouble adjusting to life with dentures? Or maybe you’re thinking about getting dentures. Either way, we can help.
If you’re ready to discuss dentures with Dr. Chan, call Marina Dental Care today at 415-440-9000, or make an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.