Now that you have received your new denture(s), what can you expect from them? Your mouth is an ever-changing soft environment and your dentures are relatively hard and unyielding. Consequently, a short period adapting to them is usual. To function comfortably and to keep your mouth healthy, here are some suggestions.
It will take some time before you can eat food as you did with your natural teeth. Remember, these dentures, like anything artificial in the body, require adapting. DO NOT eat with them until they are comfortable when you are just swallowing and talking. And when you do start to eat, begin with small amounts of soft food; eating with food on both sides of your mouth may also be helpful. As you gain confidence, you can advance into a more extensive diet. Remember that your food will require more preparation now with your knife and fork before chewing.
As you will notice, the dentures cover up areas of your mouth not normally covered. This can alter the tissues lining your mouth unless you take steps to stimulate these tissues. Keep your mouth and the dentures meticulously clean. Leave your dentures out overnight. Please see Denture Cleaning for more information.
Maintaining the Fit
As we mentioned, your mouth is an ever-changing environment and unfortunately, dentures cannot be made that will follow these changes. Consequently, with the changing shape of your mouth and gums, your dentures will need alterations from time to time to maintain the fit. You should have the fit and bite checked at least every six months, because frequently the changes occur so slowly that you are not aware of the developing problems. Remember, a well-fitting denture can be an aid to health, a poor-fitting denture can, possibly, be destructive. Minor bite alterations and relining will be necessary to prolong their useful life. Never attempt to adjust them yourself.
Saliva: If you have never had any artificial prosthesis in your mouth before, then when you wear your new dentures for the first time, there will be an increase in the amount of saliva. This is a natural response and should return to normal in about 6-8 weeks. In any case, it is always better to have an abundance of saliva than the opposite.
Sore Spots: These minor irritations are very common with new dentures or dentures which have recently been relined. Be patient, adjustments to the fit and bite are to be expected. When a sore spot occurs, leave the dentures out of your mouth and put them back into your mouth 3 hours before you come back for an adjustment. By wearing the denture before your appointment, you can show us more accurately what the cause of the problem is. Please do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself.
Gagging: This is rarely a problem and, if it occurs, frequently it passes off quite quickly. If the problem persists consult with us.
Talking: You will probably notice awkwardness at first, especially with certain words. With practice you will quickly adapt. Reading aloud to yourself can speed up this adaptation.
Have your mouth checked at least twice a year. A living organ, the mouth, supporting a lifeless denture, needs regular skilled attention. We will place your name on our recall schedule so you should hear from us in about 6 months. If you do not hear from us, please phone, it is very important for your health that you do not allow changes to occur unnoticed. Remember, health is easy to maintain but difficult to restore.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us at 416-743-2273.