You've just received your
new dentures. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a new
denture wearer, there may be many questions that need to
be answered. We hope that the following information will
prove to be helpful during the next few weeks of your
denture adjustment period.
KEEP YOUR OLD SET if
you have them ! If your new dentures need any
adjustments after fitting, we may need to keep them for a
few days so keep your old set as a spare.
is very important that you continue to see your own
dentist regularly to evaluate the state of your oral
tissues and to determine if additional treatment is
patients will need to visit their dentist at least every
12 months or they can be de-registered.
Learning to wear new
dentures can take time. Don't become discouraged if you
find some difficulty in the beginning. You are not
alone! Please do not compare yourself to friends who
tell you how easy it was for them to get used to their
dentures and how they can eat everything and anything.
They may have greater bone or gum support or their
memories may be faded. Your Clinical Dental Technician (denturist) will help you
through any difficulties you may face or any situations
that may arise during your adjustment period.
A lower denture usually
takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture. The
tongue may feel restricted and will tend to play,
sometimes even subconsciously, with the new denture. It
will soon adapt to the restrictions and to the new feeling
that a denture presents.
Try to eat only soft foods
for the first few days. Then progress to more solid
foods and try to eat slowly and deliberately. By placing
food on both sides of the mouth at the same time while
chewing, you balance the biting forces on the new denture
and will help to make it more stable. The longer you take
to eat your meal, the faster you will learn to master your
Try to take small bites at
first. Cut all your food into small portions. If your gum
tissues are strong enough to try foods which require
biting such as bread and fruits, try to chew the food with
the back teeth in order to stabilise the denture
is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort
associated with sore spots during the adjustment period.
Nature did not intend for us to wear hard plastic against
soft gum tissue. It takes a while for the gum tissues to
firm up and to accommodate the hard plastic denture.
If sore spots should
develop - TRY to wear the denture for at least 6 hours
prior to your adjustment visit! If your
Clinical Dental Technician (denturist)
the sore spot, it is sometimes impossible for him to make
the necessary adjustments.
Reading aloud during the
first couple of days will go a long way in reducing any
minor speech problems which may result from wearing a new
denture. If speech problems continue to persist, please
let your Clinical Dental Technician (denturist) know.