First time denture wearers will have to overcome three main obstacles:
- Excessive saliva, for the first 24 hours. The mouth reacts to any foreign body as it would to food by salivation as the first step to digestion. Once the body gets used to having the prosthesis the salivation gradually decreases.
- Speech. The denture covers the palate, so the tongue has to adapt to the extra thickness.
- Eating. The teeth on a denture are all attached to one base and chewing on one side can cause the denture to tip.
Here are a few tips to help you:
- Share your concerns with the professionals who fabricated your new dentures. Phone the office and come in for a consultation. Do not share your anxieties with friends. Every individual case is different and needs to be handled accordingly.
- Wear the dentures for at least 24 hours prior to coming in. This will allow us to spot the pressure sites and adjust the dentures.
- Eat soft foods at first and chew on both sides of your mouth. Cut your food up into small bites.
- Keep your dentures clean by using a proper denture brush and denture cleaners.
- Refrain from adjusting the dentures yourself.
Considerable care has been taken in custom fabricating your new dentures, and once comfortably settled in, they will provide you with many years of service.