Getting used to Partial Dentures
Have you recently had a partial denture fitted, or are you considering a partial denture? Read through our below tips for settling in to your new denture, and ensuring you’re comfortable.
How long does it take?
Settling in can take a few weeks. Taking your time and referring back to your denture clinic specialist if required can help you make the adjustment and enjoy the benefits of partial dentures.
Rest assured it won’t take long for your adjustment period to end and for you to begin speaking and eating naturally, and enjoying the benefits of your new teeth.
What can you expect?
- As with any new dental appliance, there’s an adjustment period. The denture may feel awkward at first, but this is totally normal, and you’ll adjust to the feeling over time.
- Take some time to practice inserting and removing your denture. Do this when you’re not in a rush or pressured for time to allow you to become familiar and comfortable with the process.
- Follow the instructions given to you by your denture clinician. If you’re experiencing difficulty with inserting or removing the denture, don’t force it and risk injuring yourself or damaging the denture. Take a break and get in touch with your specialist for further advice and support.
- Wear the denture for the time specified by your technician. This can help you quickly identify if there are any small adjustments required for the fit. It’s important for your denture to be comfortable and fit correctly.
- Any discomfort or sore spots need to be raised with your denture clinic and adjusted if need be.
- Dentures are designed to improve comfort and effectiveness of eating. Choose to eat softer foods that aren’t sticky or tough while you’re learning to chew with your new denture. There’s no need to sacrifice health and nutrition during this time, simply cutting food into smaller pieces or ensuring food is cooked until soft can help you adjust. Chewing gum isn’t advisable, particularly while you’re adjusting to your new appliance.
- Your speech and pronunciation can improve following the fitting of your denture. Practice certain words by talking to yourself out loud and even watching your speech in the mirror.
- Your cheek (buccinator) muscles may fatigue and become sore while adjusting to your denture. This completely normal and only temporary. Over time your muscles will become stronger, just like exercising at the gym.
Your teeth, gums and mouth naturally change over time. This is completely normal and happens to everyone.
If you begin experiencing any new sore spots or discomfort, it’s time to check in with your denture clinic for a review where your technician can make any adjustments or repairs to your partial denture.
If left untreated, an incorrectly fitted partial dentures can cause sores and other eating or speech problems. It’s best to seek a prompt review and have your dentures fitted again.
Care and maintenance
There are very specific care techniques you must follow to ensure the cleanliness and longevity of your dentures. You can read our simple care steps on our blog and always refer to your denture technicians instructions. This will ensure you get a long and comfortable life from your denture.
If you have any questions, concerns or require emergency denture repairs, contact our friendly team today.