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Important Information for New Denture Wearers

You may experience a variety of temporary inconveniences with your new dentures. The most common issues are: 1) Slight pain, 2) Chewing difficulty, 3) Loss of Appetite, and 4) Speech changes. Be assured that an adjustment period to new dentures is quite normal and to be expected. All of these troubles have been experienced and overcome by many other denture patients.

Most Common Conditions During the Adjustment Period

Soreness: The tissues of your mouth are among the most sensitive of your body, and some time may pass before they become completely adjusted to the presence of your new dentures. During this time, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort. We will provide you with an analgesic cream to help with this discomfort. However, as sore spots develop they must be corrected by your dentist. Many patients require follow-up visits for denture adjustments during the first few weeks, so be assured this is a very common and expected experience. In the event that you do develop a sore spot, call our office to make an appointment. At that time, it is helpful to keep the dentures in your mouth for several hours before your appointment, so that the sore spot will be present during your examination.This will insure that we can visualize and treat the problem.

Excessive Saliva Production: Your salivary glands naturally become overactive when any foreign body, like food, is placed in the mouth. This is a normal part of digestion. In the beginning, your dentures may stimulate salivary flow, but in a few days will be accepted as a normal presence. Any excessive salivation will decrease to normal amounts within a few days.

Altered Facial Expression: Your normal expressions may seem slightly altered at first. This sensation will get better as your facial muscles and lips learn to relax around the new denture.

Feeling of Fullness in the Mouth: The new denture is at first foreign to your mouth. This temporary condition is perfectly natural. With time, this feeling of fullness will pass as you adjust to your new dentures.

Feeling of Looseness: As you adjust to your dentures, your tongue and cheek muscles will attempt to repel them as they would any foreign body, and these efforts may result in a sensation of loose dentures. In time, and as the dentures settle into place, these muscles will adapt. At this time, you will notice a definite improvement in the fit.

Function or Chewing Ability: Until your dentures are comfortable, you may be frustrated with your chewing ability. As you begin to use your new dentures, try to be persistent, and be patient with the rate of your progress.Begin with very small bites of soft food and chew very up-and-down chewing motion, keeping side-to-side jaw movements to a minimum. You may find that until your tongue is accustomed to your new dentures, that a small amount of food may collect beneath your dentures. This will diminish with time. It is also helpful to place small portions of food on both sides of your mouth, chewing on both sides at the same time.

Speech Difficulties: Initially, trouble with talking may be caused by the presence of a foreign object (your denture) in the mouth, and patience is necessary during the adjustment period as your mouth and tongue become accustomed to the new dentures. Your speech can be improved considerably if you take some time to read aloud, sing, or talk to yourself, paying special attention to your pronunciation and repeating words that you have difficulty saying clearly.

While these are the most frequent issues during the denture adjustment period, others may occur. If at any time during the adjustment period you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact our office. Together we can make this transitional period as smooth as possible.

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