How Long Will Adjusting to New Dentures Really Take?
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
This is the most common question that we receive from patients who have new dentures and unfortunately, our answer that ultimately only you can answer. Every patient is different, and while there are some specific milestones that you can look forward to, adjusting takes time.
Learning New Things While your tongue, cheeks and face are getting used to wearing new dentures, you may feel tenderness in your muscles. This is because the muscles are learning to accommodate prosthetics, relearning how to eat, speak and function with new dentures. Typically, we tell patients to expect the adjustment period to last about 30 days. Your adjustment time may be a little longer if you are also dealing with tooth extractions along with new dentures.
It takes time for your mouth to heal if you have had teeth extracted. Your gums may be inflamed and sore. Eating soft foods for the first couple of days will help as you are learning how to eat again. Try mashed potatoes, yogurt, soft breads and puddings as they are gentle on the gums and will help ease some discomfort that you may experience by eating hard to chew foods. If you have had extractions, rinsing with salt water for the first few days can also help.
Practice speaking out loud with your new dentures by singing or reading aloud to yourself. You will notice a marked improvement in your speech within the first couple of weeks if you practice speaking aloud.
Once you have passed the two-week mark, practice biting foods and chewing on both sides of your mouth. This will help you to balance the force of your bite and eventually, you will be able to eat as naturally as you did prior to dentures.
Remember, be patient with yourself, and if you experience any unusual pain or discomfort, please call our office right away.