For anyone who has lost some or all of their teeth, dentures are an absolute game-changer. They restore your smile (and confidence), and allow you to speak, chew and laugh with ease. But even with all the outstanding benefits of dentures in Sioux Falls, they still require an adjustment period. In this blog, you’ll learn five tips and tricks for easing the transition into wearing both full and partial dentures – and getting the most out of the experience!
1. Find the Right Adhesive
There are multiple denture adhesives on the market and the one you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. Having said that, many patients find that they have more luck with one particular kind over another, so it’s worth it to experiment.
Also, don’t hesitate to ask a dentist about which adhesive they recommend, and remember – less is more!
2. Expect a Transition Period
Your tongue, lips, cheeks, throat and teeth have been working together for a very long time. It’s completely normal and natural that it will take some time to adjust to dentures. It’s a big shift in the way your mouth functions and they can feel very strange at first.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to have mild gum tenderness the first couple of weeks. It’s helpful to remove your dentures periodically (about every four hours) to give your tissues a break.
Also, you can make it easier to eat the first week or two by focusing on nutritious but soft foods. Cutting anything solid into small pieces is also helpful. Here are some great foods to include in your diet during this time:
- Peanut butter
- Mashed potatoes
- Cottage Cheese
- Creamed Soups
With these tips and a bit of time, your dentures will start feeling much more natural. Patience is key!
3. Sing Your Favorite Tune
Singing is a fun and effective way to help you learn how to speak clearly after getting dentures. In particular, singing slowly and smoothly is wonderful for training your tongue and lips to articulate words.
4. Do Facial Exercises
The muscles in your cheeks are part of what helps you chew and swallow food. It’s a great idea to do facial exercises a few weeks before and after getting dentures, such as holding an exaggerated smile for 10 seconds at a time several times a day.
Initial soreness in your cheeks isn’t uncommon, but if it doesn’t subside within a week or two it may indicate ill-fitting dentures. Always contact your dentist, who can make adjustments to alleviate any tenderness.
5. Follow Your Post-Op Instructions
After your extractions (and prior to getting dentures), closely follow the post-op instructions that a dentist in Sioux Falls gives you. This will help you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible – and healthy tissue will adjust much better to a denture than unhealthy tissue.
Dentures are a great way to restore your oral health after tooth loss. With these five recommendations, you’ll be past the transition phase and enjoying your new smile before you know it!
About the Author
As a native of Sioux Falls, Dr. Jonathon Held is a general and restorative dentist who has strong ties to the community. He gets immense professional satisfaction from restoring his patients’ smiles with great fitting, high-quality dentures. If you have any additional questions about adjusting to new dentures, he can be reached via his website or at (605) 339-0219.