A more youthful appearance, carefree laughing, and effortless eating: dentures certainly have many decisive life-improving advantages for you – once you've gotten used to them. Naturally it will take some time and patience, but ultimately you'll feel perfectly comfortable with them. To help you get used to them as quickly as possible, we have some tips and advice for you.
It's normal that you'll be afraid of speaking and eating at the start – after all you're wearing something strange in your mouth.The only important thing now is to learn to overcome this feeling of having something foreign in your mouth as quickly as possible. Most important is to wear your dentures all the time. Removing them when you go to bed will make it more difficult to get used to them. Please clean your dentures thoroughly before going to bed and wear them even when you're asleep. This will strengthen your mucosa, and your gums and jaws will continue to move and remain active.
Don't worry: you'll make it! Millions of other people have succeeded too! And always remember that no one around you will notice that you're wearing dentures. Simply behave completely normally and bear in mind that your new teeth give you a younger and better appearance.
New dentures can pose a challenge. You'll accomplish it easier if you avoid eating hard-to-chew food in the initial stages, and instead eat soft foods that are gentle on your gums.
While your mouth is getting used to the dentures, an increased production of saliva and slight pressure spots are not unusual. You can relieve the pressure spots by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Protefix Protect Gel can also help you get accustomed to your dentures. If the symptoms don't get better, consult your dentist to make the necessary adjustments of your dentures. The healing process takes a bit longer when you're wearing full dentures or in the case that you've recently had teeth extracted.
You're gradually getting used to the feeling of a strange object in your mouth, but you're still practicing speaking and eating with your dentures. The pressure spots are going away, and salivation is getting less, too. Now's a good time to try using an adhesive to improve the fit of your dentures and the wearing comfort. All the same: please follow the instructions for application!
You've done it! One whole month with your new dentures! Today you've deserved to give yourself a real treat. But even if your dentures will soon feel a natural part of you: don't forget to have them checked regularly by your dentist!
Lots of patients worry about how well they will be able to eat and drink when wearing their dentures. Are my “new teeth” sitting right, can I bite into solid food, or would it be better for me to eat softer varieties of food?
These questions depend on several factors. The material used for the dentures is important, and whether you have a partial or full set of dentures. Your personal acceptance towards your dentures isn’t unimportant either. Those who resist their dentures at the mental level will be more likely to have to battle with problems.
In the initial phase with a set of dentures, your chewing may feel unusual, and it is possible that discomfort may arise. It is possible that you will experience flavours as limited or different, because your taste buds in your palate are partially covered by the palatal plate of your dentures. After a while, your sense of taste will adapt to the new situation, however, and your favourite food will be certain to taste just as good as it always has.
8 tips for eating with your dentures in the initial period:
In the beginning, the unfamiliar new item in your oral cavity means that you may experience some difficulties with speaking. Oral articulation is actually a complex interplay between several muscles that have adapted to each other optimally over the course of the years. It is naturally the case that these movements will now have to adjust to the new situation with your dentures. Don’t worry, however, as our vocal apparatus can adapt to new situations at any age.
At the start in particular, sibilants, and letters such as “p” “f” and “v” can present a challenge. This is another case in which the old motto of “practise makes perfect” holds true! The more frequently that you speak or practise speaking when wearing your dentures, the sooner you will be able to express yourself clearly again. Read out articles from the newspaper loudly, and get friends and family members to act as your audience. Soon enough, you will then be able to speak as fluently and understandably as you always have.
For some people who wear dentures, their own voice may initially sound a little different. This is because of the changed transfer of sounds in the jawbone and the skull. Your voice will not sound different to other people, however. Crunching or clicking sounds can also occur if you talk when wearing dentures – don’t worry, sounds like these frequently go unheard by other people.
7 tips for speaking when wearing dentures:
It is naturally the case that in the case of problems, you can approach a speech therapist for support. In this respect, the best idea is to consult your dentist or family doctor.