Most people have no major issues when they get their new teeth, but some people do have minor problems adapting to new dentures.
The most common problem simply relates to getting used to the feeling of having false teeth.
If you had your teeth removed some time ago you may have become used to the feeling of space.
When you get your new dentures you will probably feel like you have a mouth full of big teeth. You may keep biting your tongue, or constantly feel your tongue touching the new teeth.
You may feel self conscious, thinking that you are talking differently, and that you look different too.
Although you may look slightly different and even talk slightly different, you should adapt in no time at all.
If you want to hurry the process along you can practice talking, smiling, chewing etc. when you are alone.
Even if you have had false teeth before, things may be different this time around.
You may have broken your existing dentures, you may have had them for years and they have become too slack, or you may have had a smile makeover and your dentures couldn’t be whitened.
Whatever the reason for having new false teeth fitted, there are common problems that can easily be rectified.
Common Problems With New Dentures
The most common problems associated with new dentures include:
- Sore Gums
- Problems Chewing
- Tongue Or Cheek Biting
- Slurred Or Unnatural Speech
- Denture Clacking
Sore Gums From New False Teeth
Removable dentures are generally made from rigid plastic, and this can initially rub on the soft tissues of the gums.
You may develop a sore spot or ulcer, but this should soon disappear.
Your dentist should have advised you on the best solution for a sore mouth. You can purchase mouthwashes which are recommended for denture irritation. Some people use a simple mouthwash made up of water and a teaspoon of salt.
If you find a hard lump on your gum, above the teeth, which seems to be painful, it could be a sharp bone edge around the edge of the tooth socket, where a tooth has been extracted. This problem should correct itself as the bone heals. However, if it continues to be a problem, the dentist may be able to smooth off the sharp edges which are rubbing against the denture.
If sore spots don’t disappear or at least improve dramatically within a day or two it may be advisable to contact your dentist.
Dentures can be adjusted slightly, which may be the solution for the sore spots.
Problems Chewing with New Teeth
It can be worrying when you first eat solid food with your new teeth. You may be worried that the teeth will break. You may have developed sore spots or an ulcer and this can mean chewing with dentures is painful.
Gradually introduce solid food into your diet, leaving hard crunchy foods until you have got used to your dentures. Take your time to chew, and you will soon get used to eating normal again.
Tongue Or Cheek Biting
If you have been without teeth for some time you will have become used to large areas of space.
Now that you have new false teeth there will be less space in your mouth. The lack of space can cause you to accidently bite your tongue or inside of your cheek.
This is a temporary problem and will soon disappear.
Slurred Or Unnatural Speech
Slurred or unnatural speech caused by new teeth is a common problem, as is a slight hissing or whistling noise.
The muscles of the mouth and suction are the primary things that keep dentures in place. Just as you talked slightly different when you first had teeth extracted, so you will talk slightly different as the muscles of your mouth adapt to your new teeth.
If you have a full set of dentures (top and bottom) then they may well clack together in the early days. This is probably due to the fact that you have gotten used to talking with plenty of empty space.
It won’t take long to adjust to having a mouth full of false teeth and you’ll then find your teeth won’t clack against each other.
Most problems are unnoticeable by other people, even though you feel self conscious about the smallest thing.
It takes time to get used to wearing false teeth, especially if it is your first time.
Permanent dentures and denture implants don’t carry the same problems as removable teeth, although they will still feel different and it may take a while to adjust to them.
If you have opted for soft flexible dentures then you also should be much less likely to experience sore spots.
Most problems should resolve themselves within the first few days or weeks, and most dentists will make a follow up appointment to assess your progress. Just be aware that getting used to dentures may not happen instantly.
However, if you opted for getting cheaper dentures via dental tourism, you may be unable to get the same aftercare, especially if you travelled a great distance. Hopefully, you will have discussed aftercare before you underwent treatment, and been given advice on what to do if things went wrong.
If you used a local dentist in your area the problems should be much easier to resolve.
If you have ongoing problems adapting to new dentures, such as sore areas that don’t heal, hard edges digging into the gums, or slack dentures, contact the dental clinic that fitted them as they should be able to remedy the problem for you.