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Common denture problems

For most people, it takes between 4 and 12 weeks to really get used to a new set of dentures. During that time, new dentures may need a number of early adjustments. But before you let frustrations get the upper hand and you toss those new dentures in the bin/drawer try a few of these simple things.

Difficulty chewing your food
It’s very common to bite your cheek or tongue when you get a new set of dentures, particularly if it’s your first set.

Slipping & wobbling
If your dentures are more than 4 years old you may experience slippage due to changes in your mouth or wear in your denture over time. If this is the case you may be tempted to use some denture adhesive but doing so for extended periods can cause additional problems. So if you have slipping it’s important to contact us for a check-up and examination.

Sore gums
About 80% of people will experience sore gums with their new dentures. There can be various causes. Muscle size & position under your denture may be significantly different while you’re eating. Food can become trapped under your dentures. Sleeping with your dentures in. For soreness under your denture it’s important to contact us as soon as you can.

Lisping when you speak
New dentures can make talking difficult for the first week or so. One of the best ways to overcome this problem is to read out loud. As you’re reading, listen to your pronunciation and correct what doesn’t sound right. Keep in mind that you’re probably more aware of any changes in speech than anyone else. Any time you speak out loud whether reading or just talking to yourself in the car, you help yourself accommodate more quickly.

Dry mouth or excessive saliva
New denture wearers often suffer from either dry mouth or excessive saliva. Creating too much saliva is a normal denture problem. Whenever you put anything into your mouth, your saliva glands get activated. In the beginning, your body will treat your dentures like they are food and activate when you put them in. Within a couple of days, your body will figure out they are a part of you and your saliva production will go back to normal. For dry mouths, drinking water can help. For excessive saliva, please contact your GP.

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