Tips for Getting Used to Your New Dentures

At SPA Dental Group, we understand that getting accustomed to new dentures is a significant adjustment. Whether you're adjusting to partial or complete dentures, adapting to these oral prosthetics takes time. 

However, the transition becomes smoother with patience, persistence, and the right approach. Consider these 10 tips to help you get used to your new dentures:

1. Follow the adjustment schedule

Wearing dentures is a process. We’ll provide a schedule for gradually increasing the time you wear them. Start with short periods and slowly extend the duration as you become more comfortable.

2. Practice speaking

Speaking might feel different with dentures. Practice speaking slowly and enunciating words to help your tongue and mouth adapt to the new prosthetics. Reading aloud or practicing speech exercises can significantly improve your speech clarity.

3. Eat soft foods initially

Start with a soft diet that gradually introduces firmer foods as you become more accustomed to chewing with dentures. Cut food into smaller pieces and chew slowly and evenly on both sides of your mouth to prevent dislodging.

4. Use adhesive as directed

If we recommend denture adhesive, follow our instructions carefully. Adhesives can enhance stability, especially in the initial stages when your mouth adjusts to the dentures. Apply the adhesive sparingly, as excess can cause problems.

5. Maintain oral hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is essential. Remove and clean your dentures daily using a denture brush and our recommended cleaners. Clean your mouth, gums, and tongue to prevent bacterial buildup and maintain your oral health.

6. Attend follow-up appointments

Regular checkups with our dental team are essential. These appointments allow us to make necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit and address any concerns you may have during the adjustment period.

7. Be patient and persistent

Adjusting to dentures takes time. Patience is key during this process. It's normal to experience some discomfort initially, but most issues can be resolved with time and persistence.

8. Avoid using force

Never force your dentures into place if they feel uncomfortable. If you experience persistent sore spots or discomfort, make an appointment at our practice for adjustments.

9. Practice and repeat

The more you wear your dentures, the more your mouth adapts to the new fit and feel.

10. Stay positive

A positive mindset makes a significant difference. Focus on the benefits of dentures, such as improved appearance and the ability to eat and speak more comfortably.

Remember, your experience with dentures may differ from others. Contact us promptly if you're dealing with persistent issues or discomfort beyond the expected adjustment period. With time and proper care, you'll find that your new dentures become a comfortable and natural part of your daily life.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about your new dentures. Call our New York City or Washington, DC, office, or click here to book an appointment.

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