A Helpful Guide for Your First Month with Dentures

April 1, 2023

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a patient learning about dentures

When it comes to restoring missing teeth, dentures are a tried-and-true solution that has assisted countless patients over generations. And if you’re slated to receive the restoration to address the gaps in your grin, you might be wondering what you can do to ensure a smooth and stress-free adjustment period. Even though this process can sometimes take a month, there are several things you can do at home to minimize your discomfort and quickly become accustomed to your new smile. Here are four helpful tips from your dentist.

1. Expect Discomfort Early On

Generally speaking, it will take around 30 days to adjust to wearing your new dentures; after all, this is a pretty big update to your mouth! Your gums and other soft tissues need to become used to being in constant contact with the base of your denture, and this can often cause some irritation early on. There’s also the chance that your dentist might need to make a few minor adjustments to your denture after you receive them, but this will often help to address your discomfort.

2. Practicing Conversing with Friends or Family

Many patients report difficulties with speech when they first receive their dentures. Since traditional dentures rely on adhesives and suction to remain in place, they can sometimes become unstable inside of the mouth and affect pronunciation. It’s usually helpful to have a friend or family member whom you can practice talking with, or you might even consider practicing your speech in front of the bathroom mirror.

3. Mind Your Diet

Even though dentures replace your teeth, you still need to be careful about what you’re eating once you have them—especially during the adjustment period. Certain foods, such as popcorn, caramel, peanut brittle and hard candies are off-limits. However, soft foods won’t put the same amount of pressure on your dentures and gums, which will let your mouth adjust to eating with the restoration much more easily. Consider stocking your fridge and pantry with options like mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, smoothies and more. Also, be careful when you’re actually eating; avoid biting with your front teeth and try to use your side and back teeth instead, to further lessen your discomfort.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Whether you have a simple question or a valid concern, you should never hesitate to ask your dentist for help or further clarification about anything relating to your dentures! They’re by far the best resource if you encounter any issues, such as poor-fitting or loose dentures, and they’re more than happy to provide you with additional care and maintenance tips.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your first month with dentures goes by in the blink of an eye with no stress; and from then on out, you’ll have a beautiful and functional smile that you’ll feel proud to show off!

About the Author

Community Dentists of Worcester is honored to serve the dental needs of the Worcester, MA area under the leadership of Dr. Timothy Zajac. Dr. Zajac received his DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and is a proud member of several professional dental organizations, including the notable Academy of General Dentistry. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact Dr. Zajac through his practice’s website or over the phone for further assistance: (774) 371-4131.

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