Adjusting to Dentures: What should I expect in the first few weeks?

Getting dentures to restore your smile can be tremendously exciting, but the prospect of getting adjusted to the new appliances can feel somewhat daunting at first. Knowing what to expect from this process can make this transition much smoother for patients.

It’s important to know what is “normal” when it comes to getting used to your new dentures and which issues are cause for concern so that you can follow up with us when needed.

Getting Used To Your New Dentures

As is true with any new device that is introduced to your body, patients should expect some adjustment period as their mouths get acclimated to wearing dentures. Some common issues that you may experience during this time include:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty chewing

There are steps that you can take to reduce the impact of these symptoms as you get used to your dentures. For example, adjust your diet to incorporate soft foods in the first couple of weeks that you are wearing your dentures.

However, these issues should be temporary and resolve within two weeks to a month. Eventually your new dentures will feel quite similar to your natural smile. If any difficulties with your dentures seem to linger or are particularly severe, you should reach out to your dentist for further guidance.

Adjusting To Dentures: When To Contact Your Dentist

While patients can expect some minor issues as they get used to their new dentures, those concerns should resolve within a few weeks. More enduring or severe issues may warrant follow up with your dentist for an adjustment to your new dentures. Call us if you experience:

  • Persistent discomfort beyond a few weeks
  • Sores that will not heal or noticeable signs of infection
  • Feeling like the denture is loose

We want to help you adjust to your new dentures as quickly as possible, so if you experience any concerning symptoms at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance or assistance. We can address any denture-related symptoms you may have.

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