Getting New Dentures
At Smile Denture and Implant Clinic in Ottawa, we see many patients excited to receive their first set of dentures! This is rightly so, as dentures can drastically improve your confidence and overall improve your quality of life. However, many patients are not sure what to expect in the first few weeks of wearing dentures. Here are a few tips from our denturist, Caner Karaceper, to help you enjoy your new prosthesis with a minimal discomfort.
Expect Slight Discomfort
New denture will feel slightly uncomfortable at first try. In fact, it’s completely normal to experience slight gum pain or discomfort in the first few weeks of wearing new dentures. It’s even possible to experience some pain with your current dentures as your gums and bone structure may change over time. Pain or discomfort is usually due to denture rubbing off your gums. This feeling should progressively diminish over the next few weeks. If you notice that the pain is persistent or increasing, it may be necessary to see our denturist. Our denturist can alter the denture to make it fit better and reduce the discomfort.
Some patients may experience denture pain due to a gum inflammation. This may be a combination of poorly fitting denture and or improper denture hygiene. It is essential to take out your denture every night before the bedtime and clean it properly. You should always brush your denture with a special, non abrasive cleaner like Polident. Furthermore, to clean your dentures entirely make sure you soak them for at least five minutes to kill any bacteria. Clean dentures can help you maintain good oral health.
Eat Soft Foods, Avoid Chewy Foods
At first it is important to avoid hard to eat foods and chewy foods that could make it hard for you to chew. Here are a few foods that you can have initially until you are ready to transition to solid foods:
Mashed potatoes or other mashed vegetables
After a few days you will be ready to transition to more solid foods. Make sure you cut them in small pieces to ensure you can chew easily. Too much chewing can create sore spots where your dentures and gums meet making it painful afterwards. All in all, be gentle when eating with dentures and you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of healthy and yummy foods.
Last but not least, be positive! Your new dentures will feel different but with time you will grow to love your new smile! If you find that dentures are causing you persistent or severe pain, feel free to give us a call for a free assessment and adjustment. We are happy to help you minimize any denture discomfort. You can contact us at 613.909.3863.