Common Conditions During the Adjustment Period
Irritation and Sores
The tissues of your mouth are among the most sensitive of your body and some time may pass before they become completely adjusted to the presence of your new dentures. During this time, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort.
We will do everything we can to ensure that your dentures are designed to fit as comfortably as possible, however, there will be times that dentures will cause irritation and even sores. Many patients require follow-up visits for denture adjustments during the first few weeks, so be assured this is a very common and expected experience. In the event that you do develop a sore spot, call us to make an appointment. Until that time, it might be helpful to try to keep the dentures in your mouth as much as possible so that the sore spot will be present during your appointment. This will help ensure that we can correctly locate and fix the problem.
You must realize that your dentures will never chew like real teeth. They will not allow everybody to eat absolutely everything they would like. Some foods may never be simple to chew and may cause the denture to move out of place or fail to adequately grind the food involved. Eating can take much longer because you can only apply 15-20% of the normal force. Many foods are more difficult to eat; especially fruits and vegetables.
If they feel uncomfortable while chewing and speaking you may be tempted to use denture adhesive. But with practice you may find that you do not need it.
For More Information Read: “Eating With Dentures”
Excessive Saliva Production
Your saliva glands naturally become overactive when any foreign body, like food, is placed in the mouth. This is a normal part of digestion. In the beginning, your dentures will feel strange, but in a few days will be accepted as a normal presence. Any excessive salivation will decrease to normal amounts within a few days.
Some people will find that having dentures basically requires them to relearn their methods of speech. There may be awkwardness with pronunciation, the tongue struggling to form words, and possibly some unwanted sounds such as whistling and clicking. These problems will go away with time, experience and practice. To practice speaking, read out loud in front of a mirror. Pay special attention to your pronunciation and repeat words that you have difficulty saying clearly. You can also try speaking more slowly and quietly.
Realize that your speech probably sounds worse to you than it does to others. After time, any difficulty that you have pronouncing certain words will fade away.
Certain foods may taste strange or just don’t taste as good as they used to. This is usually a transitory issue that lasts only during the adaptation phase and will likely disappear when you become acquainted with your dentures. The majority of your taste buds are located on your tongue so eventually food will not taste too different. The upper denture does cover some taste buds.
Feeling of Looseness
You must learn to use your cheek muscles and tongue to help hold the lower denture in place. Initially, your tongue and cheek muscles may attempt to repel your denture as they would any foreign body. In time, and as the dentures settle into place, these muscles will stop trying to expel your dentures and learn to aid in holding them in place. At this time, you will notice a definite improvement in the fit. During the adjustment period, it might help to close your mouth and lips and suck gently on your dentures to overcome this feeling of looseness.
Upper dentures can make some people gag. Call us if this continues beyond the initial adjustment period.
Your normal expressions may seem slightly altered at first. This period of adjustment will get better as your facial muscles and lips learn to relax around the new denture.
Other issues that might affect you:
- Tongue feels crowded
- Dentures feel bulky— too big for your mouth
- Small particles of food getting under your denture
These sensations should pass with time.
Please feel free to call us should you ever have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Mark Williams
201 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs
Providing great fitting dentures since 1968.