Getting used to dentures will take some time. This is primarily because they are a foreign object in your mouth but over time they will feel comfortable and you will barely notice you have them. But until then, there are a few things to be aware of as you adjust to false teeth.
One thing you may notice is irritations created by the rubbing of the dentures against your gums when you eat or talk, depending on how your false teeth fit. As your mouth adjusts to them, dentures eventually ‘bed-in’; eating with false teeth will take a bit of time getting used to, but you will get used to it after a while.
How Long Will New Dentures Hurt?
As mentioned above, dentures are something you insert into your mouth that is a new and different object. They may not fit perfectly on the first day and there could be some rubbing on your gums. An adjustment made by your dentist should remedy this problem.
However, when new dentures hurt your gums, irritation can be caused by more than just your mouth working out how this new plate of teeth is going to operate. If your pain is coming from tooth extractions, this is a different matter. Bone heals slowly so more frequent denture adjustments may be required.
You will also have to consider that if you already have sensitive gums that you can expect some form of irritation early on. There is no set pattern as to how long denture pain will last from one individual to another. With that being said, there are ways to ease the discomfort.
What Can I Use For Sore Gums From Dentures?
There are several ways to treat sore gums that develop as you are getting used to false teeth. One of the easiest ways to take care of this is by rinsing your mouth with a mixture of warm water and salt. This saline solution will kill germs and help strengthen irritated gums.
Another effective treatment comes in the form of a hot compress that can be placed on the sore gums. Be sure to remove the false teeth before applying the compress. The heat on sore gums will relax the soft tissue as well as work to reduce the amount of inflammation.
Avoiding certain foods for a period of time will also give your gums a chance to adjust to having dentures on them. Solid foods, salty and acidic foods should also be removed from your diet until the irritations have healed and your gums have strengthened to handle these foods again.
How Do You Eat With Dentures?
Eating with dentures will have an impact on your normal eating habits. For the first few weeks, you should cut food into smaller pieces and do not pull or tear food when using a fork. Biting with an up and down motion with your front teeth may dislodge your dentures.
Until you are used to eating with new dentures, you should chew more on your side and back teeth. The most effective way to do this is with a sideways chewing motion. Also, if you eat with food on both sides of your mouth it works to keep the balance between the dentures.
When you learn to eat this way it not only helps keep your false teeth in place minimizing the possibility of dislodging them, it is good for your oral health. By eating on both sides of your mouth you work the muscles evenly helping them adjust to the dentures quicker.
What Foods Can You Eat With Dentures?
In the beginning, with new dentures, your diet will change slightly and will likely consist of most soups and soft foods. As your mouth, jaw, and tongue get used to wearing dentures, you will be able to reintroduce different foods back into your regular eating routine.
Eventually, your mouth will become accustomed to the changes that come with wearing false teeth. When this point is reached you should be able to eat the majority of foods you used to enjoy before dentures entered the picture. However, you may need to cut some into small pieces.
The main difference in your diet will come from the foods you will no longer be able to eat because of dentures. Hard foods such as nuts and raw vegetables can cause damage to your false teeth just as very hot liquids can. Sticky foods are also on this list of foods that you may not be able to eat as often or as easily as they may dislodge dentures.
What Is The Best Chewing Gum For Dentures?
Chewing gum can serve many purposes. In addition to keeping breath fresh, it can assist in cleaning teeth by flushing them with saliva production. This helps to remove larger food particles as well as neutralize the acid, although brushing is still required for a proper cleaning of false teeth.
Another benefit of chewing gum is that it helps strengthen the jaw muscles. For denture wearers, gum has historically been an issue because of how it can stick to dental work. That is no longer the case with more than one brand promoting itself as being a denture chewing gum.
While it is always wise to select a sugar-free chewing gum, Freedent is a familiar brand first introduced by Wrigley in 1975. Freedent is a non-stick chewing gum for dentures and is available in three different flavors including Peppermint, Spearmint, and Winterfresh.
To Learn More About Getting Used To Dentures
There are many valuable resources available to you through your dentist’s office to help you get used to wearing false teeth. You can also find material, tips, and suggestions with simple online searches. For one person’s perspective on their transition, make sure you have a look at the short YouTube video below…
The important thing to keep in mind with a new set of dentures is that you will be able to speak, eat and smile as before, but a little patience may be required until you get used to them.
In fact, maybe the dentures have even improved your smile. Your self-confidence will also increase telling you that getting false teeth was a good decision to make.