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What to Expect With Your New Dentures

It may take some time to get used to your dentures, especially if it’s your first set of them. The dentures will feel different from your own teeth. But most patients find that once they get used to their dentures, they find them to be helpful and comfortable.


It will take time for your dentures to become accustomed to your mouth, as there is a break-in period, much like with a pair of new shoes.


Upper dentures usually fit snugly and stay in place. Lower dentures have a tendency to move around slightly in your mouth, because your lower jaw is shaped differently from your upper jaw. Denture adhesives can help with this.


Eating


Chewing will feel different with your new dentures. With teeth, we chew in an up-and-down motion. With dentures, you will chew more side-to-side. To help with this adjustment, take smaller bites of food at meals. Remember, while your dentures may feel different at first, you will soon get used to them.


Talking


Talking may feel different at first. Take your time, talk slowly, and remember to pronounce your words clearly. Everyone adjusts at their own pace, and with practice, you will soon be speaking like your old self again.


Caring For Your Dentures


Brush your dentures at least once a day with toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. It’s wise to brush them over a towel or other padded surface, in case you drop them. Take out your dentures every night at bedtime, and soak them in a solution of dental cleanser, such as Polident, and water.


Follow-Up Care


It is very important to have at least one dental appointment each year to examine your dentures and your mouth. Your dentist will see if your dentures still fit well, and can make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort. This exam should include an oral cancer screening.