Adjusting To New Dentures
According to many surveys, oral discomfort is quite common in people who have just started wearing new dentures. In case you are experiencing a problem like this, you should learn a few things that should help you get used to your dentures. Luckily, there’s no need to suffer in order to star chewing food and smile normally again.
Just follow the tips that we will share in this article and you can adjust to your new dentures in a short period of time.
Use your cheeks
The cheek muscles, also known as buccinators muscles, are muscles that are setting the direction of the food you consume in the oral cavity. In simple words, they are processing the food and preparing it to get swallowed. By using the cheeks in a proper way and more frequently, you should be able to train the muscle and take better control over the chewing process.
In case you feel cheek pain even after a longer period of time, it’s very likely that you are wearing ill-fitting dentures. Visit your dental clinic and check the problem.
Just like braces, the dentures can’t bring a natural feeling in your mouth from day one. It takes some time to get used to speaking while wearing your dentures and the same goes for eating. So, it’s quite natural to except a small shock and some discomfort while wearing them in the beginning. The good thing is that this feeling will go away after a while.
So, you have to be patient for a few days or a few weeks and you will eventually get used to the dentures. Keep in mind that minor soreness is a common thing in new denture wearers. Check with your CDT to modify the dentures in case you feel discomfort for a longer period of time. It’s a good thing to take the dentures out every now and then during the day in order to provide relief to the jaw and gums.
In the beginning, you should also focus on softer foods that are not difficult to chew. As you get used to the dentures, you should include harder foods in your menu.
Try an adhesive
Consult your prosthodontist or CDT about the most effective adhesives or dental creams. Don’t be afraid to try a few different products because some of them work better in certain individuals. Even a small amount of adhesive or cream can relieve irritation. Don’t forget that these products can’t fix ill-fitting dentures. You can always visit your denture clinic and adjust the dentures to get a better fit.
Stick to the plan
Dentists are creating specific plans for patients who have to wear dentures. Every individual is different and that’s why they create different plans for patients. These plans also depend on the type of dentures you will get – partial or full dentures. Make sure that you are visiting your dentist on a regular basis as advised and that you are using the antifungals medications in case they were prescribed to you.
In the end, don’t forget to follow the tips provided by the dental technician once you get the dentures. Regular checkups are crucial for your oral health. The same goes for the proper oral hygiene practiced at home. You can use special toothpaste and mouthwash products to support your oral health while wearing dentures.
This blog post was brought to you by Smiles & More Denture Clinics. To find out more, please visit www.smilesandmore.co.uk or call 0800 909 8977 and speak with a Clinical Dental Technician.