While dentures are an effective solution for missing teeth, patients will face some challenges when they first start wearing them. Below are some of the most common challenges and how to deal with them:
Dentures sit on top of the gums, so soreness/irritation is common. Also, without the stimulation from tooth roots, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate over time, changing the shape of your jaw- which can lead to soreness/irritation. You can manage this discomfort with OTC pain relievers, a warm saltwater rinse, or topical anesthetics. If the soreness is due to changes in jawbone shape or the pain is significant or persistent, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Speaking is often difficult for patients when they first start wearing it- but will eventually resolve on its own. Take time to practice speaking alone and try speaking slowly and deliberately. Eventually, you will be able to enunciate your words. If your dentures are sliding around on your gums, you should visit the dentist for an adjustment.
Many patients also find eating difficult when they first start wearing dentures. Start with soft foods, cut food into smaller bites, and chew slowly and evenly with both sides of your mouth. You may also consider using a drink to help you swallow.
Since dentures are not attached to the gums, slipping/sliding often occurs- which causes the issues mentioned above. In some cases, denture adhesive may prevent this from happening- but it could be an indication that they don’t fit properly. Therefore, you may wish to schedule an appointment to have the fit checked.