There are some common problems that you may encounter when you first begin wearing dentures. However, these problems can be easily resolved. Below are some of the most common denture problems and tips on how to resolve them while you adjust to your appliance:
- Difficulty Eating — It can take some practice to learn how to eat with dentures. Start with things that are easy to eat, such as soft foods, and try to chew with both sides of your mouth at the same time. As your mouth adjusts, it will become easier and more natural to eat with your dentures.
- Trouble Speaking — Speaking can be tricky when you first begin wearing dentures. It will feel like you have a foreign object in your mouth. This will become easier as your mouth adjusts, and you should be able to speak normally within a few weeks. To speed up the process, practice speaking in private, reading aloud, talking to yourself or singing along to your favorite songs.
- Denture Slippage — Dentures are a removable oral appliance, which means that they may sometimes slip out of position. You can reposition them by gently biting down and swallowing.
- Cleaning Problems — You should brush your dentures daily, using a toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleaner. Do not use toothpaste, as it is abrasive and can scratch your appliance. You may also use hand soap or dishwashing liquid to safely clean your dentures.
Remember, your dentures are designed to fit your mouth perfectly. If they continue to be uncomfortable or you begin to see sores on your gums or tongue, contact our office and make an appointment with our denturist to have your dentures adjusted or relined. Continue to visit the dentist regularly for checkups, as your mouth and denture will be examined during these appointments to ensure that the appliance fits and functions properly.
If you have any questions about common denture problems or to make an appointment with our denturist, contact our office today.