Dentures can feel like part of your mouth, or they can feel like a foreign, irritating object. Though a break-in period with some sensitivity is normal, there’s no need to sacrifice long-term comfort for a great smile and an ability to chew well. The following are tips to improve the comfort of your dentures.
- Have realistic expectations: There will be some challenges as you become used to your new set of dentures. But remember that it won’t last forever! Eat and talk as normally as you can to help you become accustomed to the presence of your new teeth.
- Get a proper fitting: A proper fit is crucial to comfortable dentures. Talk to your denturist who can make sure that the fit for your new smile is stellar.
- Undertake proper care and hygiene: Brush daily with a Denture toothbrush and/or a denture cleaner. Soak your dentures overnight, using a Denture Cleaning powder. Always rinse your dentures in room temperature or warm water so there are no distortions altering the fit.
- Pay attention to the fit: The gums and bones of your mouth change over time leading to poorly fitting dentures, inflammation and sores. If you notice that your dentures no longer fit as they used to, see your denturist.
- Carefully choose your adhesive: Even the best fitting dentures, especially lower complete dentures can slip in your mouth. Using a denture adhesive can help. Adhesive offers a strong, all-day hold that can increase confidence. It also seals out food particles. Consult your denturist regarding the best adhesive to use.
- Handle your dentures with care: Though dentures are designed to be tough, dropping them can break or bend them.
- Put dentures in water when not in use: Your dentures are designed to be in your mouth, a wet environment. When you remove them to sleep, they still require moisture so they can remain healthy and clean.
- Repair any damage: Any damage (cracking, warping, chipping) your dentures receive must be repaired as quickly as possible to ensure the comfort of your mouth.
- Give your mouth a rest: Remove your dentures for 6 to 8 hours a day to allow the tissues of your mouth to de-stress. Taking them out when you sleep is the easiest way to accomplish this.
- Exercise your cheeks: A muscle called the buccinator is located in your cheeks and is used to chew, blow, whistle, suck and smile. By exercising this muscle, you gain ease and comfort with your dentures. Slowly open your mouth wide and hold this pose for 30 seconds. Make an exaggerated smile and hold for 30 seconds.
- Adapt your chewing: When you first receive your dentures, start with soft foods, chewing slowly until you feel comfortable. Try chewing more at the back of your mouth. Take small bites to make it easier to chew. As you adapt, you should be able to chew many more foods.
- Follow the post-extraction plan: After tooth removal, healing takes time. Do the aftercare your denturist recommends if an Immediate denture is placed. Take any medication prescribed by your Dentist/Oral surgeon and follow all directions carefully. Recovery time will be different for each patient.
Remember that getting used to dentures is a process and it takes time. Your denturist is there to help. If you have concerns and/or discomfort contact your denturist and explain your difficulty.
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