First time denture wearer problems

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First time Denture Wearer Problems

First time denture wearer problems range from minor sore spots and inconveniences to “My dentures are killing me.” Most of these first time denture problems come from the combination of healing after extractions and getting used to dentures. Common complaints include denture sores, loose dentures, difficulty chewing, trouble eating, difficulty speaking normally, swelling and denture pain. Keep reading to get tips on how to reduce or eliminate each of these problems.

If you are a first time denture wearer with a painful denture sore, don’t wait to read this whole page. You need a denture adjustment. Call right now to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Bec can help you get comfortable again!


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first time denture sores: what to do?

When people come in saying “My new dentures are killing me!” it’s usually due to Denture sores

Mouth sores happen whenever the gums get stressed and they usually happen frequently when you first get dentures. Things that stress your gums include uneven denture pressure, denture rubbing and infections.

We give our first time denture wearers four tips to reduce and fix denture sores.ย 

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Loose Dentures for First Time Denture Wearers

Dentures stay in place by suction and that suction comes from the molding of the denture to your mouth. First time denture wearers often experience loose dentures after several weeks. Why? Because your mouth changes shape as it heals after extractions. When a new healing denture gets loose, the best solution is a soft reline. This provides a temporary new inside to your denture and matches it to your mouth once more. When people come in complaining that “My dentures are killing me” a reline is the go-to treatment if a simple adjustment doesn’t fix the discomfort. We typically see patients needing three soft relines in the first six months of getting their first denture to keep it fitting well.ย 

If you are a first time denture wearer with a loose healing denture, there’s a good chance you need a soft reline. Come consult with Dr. Bec to find out if a soft reline can fix your denture fit. To schedule a free consultation, call right now! (210) 600-9881 or Book Online Now!

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Learning to chew and speak with first time dentures

Most people are surprised when they get their first set of dentures because they don’t expect there to be a learning curve. When you start wearing your dentures, you’ll probably feel very relieved to be free from bad, ugly teeth and infections. However, you’ll realize right away that wearing your dentures isn’t the same as having natural teeth that are rooted into your bone. Because dentures sit on top of the gums, they move more than people expect. Every single patient goes through an adjustment period at the beginning.

If you’re feeling like your dentures are killing you because they’re so much harder to use than you expected or because you have trouble eating with them, don’t be discouraged. Dentures can be frustrating at first but, you’ll get the hang of dentures with practice.

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What to do about swelling and pain?

Swelling and pain are the most miserable first time denture wearer problems! Like we said at the beginning, many problems with first time dentures happen because you’re still healing from extractions. Swelling tends to increase through day 4 after extractions and then gradually decrease. Pain typically begins to taper off after day 3 although every person’s healing is unique. Follow the post operative instructions that your dentist gave you, including sticking to a soft food diet at the beginning. You can find our post-op instructions here. Look out for symptoms of dry socket on days 3-5 in particular. Dry socket causes a pain that will make you feel like your dentures are killing you; however, it is treatable!

If you feel like the swelling or pain have increased dramatically or you’re worried something is wrong, call your dentist. It never hurts to be sure that things are normal. Don’t try to be a tough guy. Call and ask!

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