If you’ve recently obtained new dentures, congratulations on taking this first big step into a new and more comfortable life with a full set of teeth. Kiss goodbye to those days of hiding gaps in your smile with the back of your hand and avoiding the camera on special occasions. In no time, you’ll be smiling broadly, eating confidently, and laughing without hesitation.
Well, in a little bit of time. New dentures from a Calgary denturist will take some getting used to, and there may be some days of temporary discomfort until you and your gums have gotten accustomed to your new teeth. Here are the most common issues new denture-wearers experience, and how to get through them.
What to do if you experience irritated gums
If you experience irritation, inflammation, or soreness from the contact between the underside of your dentures and your soft gum tissue, try rinsing your mouth and gums with warm salted water. Ask the staff at a denture clinic in Calgary to confirm they’re fitting properly, and wear your dentures on the day of your appointment so your dentist can see where the rub is happening.
What to do if your dentures are fitting loosely
Assuming that your dentures don’t need to be adjusted — something a denture clinic near you can confirm — the muscles in your cheeks, lips, and tongue will need to learn to hold your dentures in place over time. Until that happens, try using dental adhesive until your mouth muscles learn to hold them in place automatically. After that happens, you shouldn’t need adhesive anymore.
What to do if you’re having problems eating
For the first little while, skip crunchy and chewy foods and foods with seeds that can become lodged between your gums and dentures. Avoid biting off food with your front teeth, and ease your way into eating normally by cutting your food smaller and chewing on both sides. If you notice food doesn’t taste the same because your dentures are covering taste buds in your mouth, experiment with spices and flavors while your mouth and palate get used to eating and tasting with dentures.
What to do if you have problems speaking clearly
Keep talking. Stopping talking is no way to learn to speak clearly with dentures. Speak to yourself in the shower or while walking the dog or read to yourself out loud. Just before you begin to speak, bite down gently onto your dentures and swallow. It’ll help your dentures get into the best possible position. If you notice any clicking sound while speaking, just slow down a little bit.
What to do if you notice more saliva in your mouth
Don’t be alarmed. That saliva is being produced because the presence of the foreign object in your mouth and against your cheeks, gums, and tongue are stimulating your salivary glands. Try retraining your mouth by sucking on a lozenge or some sugar-free hard candy. Eventually, you’ll retrain your mouth to produce extra saliva only when that lozenge or candy is present, and not just because of your new dentures. If you notice that your dentures seem to trigger a gag reflex because of their physical presence near the back of your throat, try spraying the back of your throat with a throat spray to numb your reflex temporarily. Brushing the back of your tongue to trigger your gag reflex may desensitize the sensation. If the problem persists, ask your dentist to see if your dentures should be trimmed.