New Denture Instructions

A person needs time to acclimate to a new denture; this may occur quickly or it may take a longer period of time, the amount of time needed is different for everyone. Before you become comfortable with the new prosthesis, it is common for a person with a new denture to experience:
  • The new dentures may feel awkwards or full (too large).
  • Your speech may be altered.
  • You may find it difficult to eat foods you were able to eat with your old dentures.
  • The new dentures might feel loose.
  • Sore spots may develop quickly due to pressure spots on your gums.
  • You might develop sore jaw muscles
  • The bite feels different.
The most important characteristic a person needs to have with a new denture is perseverance. Persevere in wearing the denture so that you learn and train yourself to work with the new denture as fast as possible. 

Eat soft foods at first, taking small bites and chew slowly. Chew food on your back teeth, evenly distribute the food on both sides and chew with a straight vertical motion. When chewing through food with your front teeth, protrude your lower jaw slightly forward and then bite through the food by moving the lower jaw backwards. Biting through the food with your side teeth may help to prevent dislodging of the denture. Avoid sticky foods.

Reading or talking aloud in your spare time, is a great way to overcome changes in speech. The more a person practices repeating the sounds they are having problems with, the faster the tongue and lips will find the proper place they need to be to make the sounds properly.

Sore spots (pressure spots) need to be adjusted. Do not delay in getting a sore spot adjusted because a large sore spot requires extensive denture modification and a longer period of time to heal.

As the dentures settles in, the looseness you may be experiencing will decrease.