While dentures are excellent teeth replacements for restoring function, comfort and a confident smile, there is an adjustment period after receiving your new dentures. During that time, you may experience short-term difficulties and inconveniencies. This period of fine-tuning is to be expected and may last from 1-3 months. The time varies depending on your general health, the conditions in your mouth, your age and the type of dentures that you receive.

200362145-001.jpgCommon Problems/Concerns:

  • Change in Facial Expression–

    It takes some time for your facial muscles, cheeks and lips to adjust to the feel and position of your new denture. So don’t be surprised if your normal expressions appear altered a first.

  • Excessive Saliva–

    The digestion process starts in your mouth. Any time something foreign is placed in your mouth, like food for example, your salivary glands are stimulated to produce increased saliva. Usually, it takes several days for excessive salivation to return to normal.

  • Soreness–

    The soft tissue in your mouth is very sensitive and can become inflamed or irritated by pressure or rubbing caused by your new dentures. It is normal for sore spots to develop. The denture may need to be relieved [cut back] in the sore spot areas and bite adjustments may have to be undertaken by your dentist during follow-up visits for several weeks after receiving your dentures.

  • Speech Problems–

    Our teeth affect they way we speak and how we pronounce certain sounds. By definition, a denture is different than your natural teeth and may, at first, create some speech difficulties. Be patient. Practice reading out loud and repeat words that are not coming out clearly.

  • Difficulty in Chewing–

    Chewing may cause discomfort until all the initial adjustments are made to your dentures and the sore spots have healed. Pending the adaptation of your facial muscles to the new denture and correction to your bite by the dentist, chewing may present problems. Begin the relearning process with small bites of softer food and gentle chewing. Minimize side-to-side jaw movement at first, and use an up-and-down chewing motion. As chewing becomes more natural, try some harder foods.

  • Kitchen Sink Syndrome–

    Initially, the presence of new dentures may create the sensation that you have everything in your mouth except the kitchen sink. The new dentures are strange to your mouth, and you will need several days to several weeks before this fullness felling will dissipate.

  • Feeling of Looseness–

    Until your dentures settle into place and your dentist makes the final adjustments, your cheeks and tongue might try to dislodge your dentures, causing looseness and sliding or rubbing. If this sensation occurs, try closing your mouth, bringing your lips together, and suck gently on your dentures. Be patient. Before long, your dentures will settle into place, and the suction and fit will improve.

  • Gagging/Nausea–

    For some people, new dentures may set off a gagging reflex or bring on some nausea. Often, it is related to the “feel” of the denture on the upper palate. Adjustments can be made by your dentist to alleviate this situation. Usually, any nausea will dissipate in a few days.

Many of these initial problems and concerns can be minimized or prevented with the installation of ultra small implants as part of the treatment plan.

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