WHAT TO EXPECT
Getting Used to Your New Dentures
It takes a little bit of time to get used to your new dentures—you are after all placing a foreign appliance in your mouth and need to re-learn swallowing, eating, and talking, so as to accommodate this addition. However, once you can master the skill of using your dentures properly, you would be able to enjoy your regular activities, significantly improving your quality of life.
Breaking in period
Most new dentures require a breaking in period before they become comfortable. At the start, it may feel like your mouth, and gums are fuller, and you may be particularly conscious of having your dentures in your mouth. Over time, as you get used to wearing it, this feeling diminishes.
You may also experience slurred speech, gagging, excessive salivation and funny or diminished taste. Again, these issues usually disappear over time.
This length of time varies with each patient depending upon their ability, determination, and perseverance to learn how to use them. You must first learn to keep them in place, and then gradually start to use them.
Eating with your dentures
Different types of food differ in texture, hardness and consistency. This requires differing chewing methods and amounts of force to break food down to swallow properly.
Always keep the food distributed evenly on both sides and chew on the back teeth. Start with soft foods or food that is easy to chew. Take small bites and chew slowly. More difficult foods, such as steak and carrots, will require a gradual learning curve. If the denture begins to dislodge, biting with the side teeth may be an easier alternative.
Initially, it is recommended that you avoid chewing gum as well as sticky or chewy foods.
Learning to talk with your new dentures in place requires some patience and perseverance. Reading aloud is a very good way to learn to enunciate distinctly, especially those sounds or words that are not clear.
Try to avoid those movements of the lips and tongue that tend to displace the dentures or cause them to click. Careful practice and repetition may help to hasten the process and produce a return to your normal, confident speech.
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