Gillooly Denture Clinics’ Tips on Adjusting to Your Dentures

With a new "foreign object" in your mouth, it can take a little time to get adjusted to the new sensations.


You may find that you start to produce excess saliva. This is perfectly natural and will go away once you become adjusted to your dentures. You might want to suck on a mint or hard candy to encourage more frequent swallowing.


Some soreness in your mouth is to be expected and usually occurs within a few hours of putting your dentures in. If soreness becomes a continuing problem, make an appointment to see your denturist so that any necessary adjustments can be made to your dentures. Never try to make adjustments to your dentures on your own.


How Your Dentures Look

When you first wear dentures, you may get the feeling that they are too big or that your lips are being pushed forward. The "full-mouth" feeling will wear off as you get used to your dentures.


Speaking with Confidence

When you are speaking, the sound reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of the jaw and skull. Wearing dentures changes and increases the sound, but is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else.


If your dentures "click" when you speak, try to speak more slowly to avoid movements that move your lower denture. Keeping your lower denture in place requires the ability to hold it still with the muscles of your lips, cheeks, and tongue. At first, these muscles may tend to "kick out" your denture. With time and practice, you will be able to overcome the difficulties of speaking.


Eating with Confidence

You may find that chewing feels different with dentures. You may also think that food has "lost its flavour." While you are adjusting to dentures, your brain is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you are accustomed to the denture, your brain will pay less attention to your dentures and more to your taste buds.


During your adjustment time, you may have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks. Be careful—you don't want to burn your mouth.


If you have any questions or think you need an adjustment, contact Gillooly Denture Clinics.

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