Getting dentures can be a big change that can take a while to get used too. Initially, dentures can cause some discomfort for the wearer, however there are ways to make dentures more comfortable.
Are you finding your dentures to be uncomfortable? Continue reading this article for our advice on how to make your dentures more comfortable.
1. Set yourself realistic expectations
It is important to have realistic expectations when wearing dentures for the first time. Dentures can be a big change and therefore can often take a while to get used too. Dentures feeling a little uncomfortable at the beginning of the process is completely normal, however this is usually temporary and should reduce and go with time. There are several things you can do to get used to wearing your dentures within the first few weeks.
While dentures are built to replicate your natural teeth as closely as possible, one of the keys to getting used to wearing them is to set yourself realistic expectations.
2. Use a denture adhesive
While many modern dentures do not require an adhesive, using an additional method of securing your dentures during the first few weeks may help make your dentures more comfortable. There are several adhesive options available and it may take a few tries before you find the one that is right for you.
If you’re considering using an adhesive with your dentures, speak to a member of our team who will be happy to provide advice and recommendations.
3. Handle your dentures with care
Dentures can be fragile. It is important to take care of your dentures to ensure no damage is caused that can affect their fit and comfort. One of the most common ways for dentures to get damaged is during cleaning. As such we recommend taking these measures:
- Avoid abrasive cleaning products, such as abrasive toothpastes, and hard toothbrushes
- Avoid bleaching products, as these can weaken the dentures and change their colouring
- Don’t use hot water when cleaning your dentures, as it can warp their shape
- Place a towel or padded surface under your dentures when cleaning them to prevent breakage if dropped
It is important to always be careful when cleaning your dentures as they can break easily. Broken dentures can cause sever discomfort for the wearer if not addressed quickly by a professional.
4. Take your dentures out while you sleep
Although you can wear your dentures all the time, this is not advised. Removing your dentures while you sleep allows your mouth to rest, prevents oral hygiene issues due to bacteria growth, and extends the life of your dentures.
Wearing your dentures 24/7 can increase bone loss in the jaw which, along with the wear to your dentures, will cause extra discomfort. Find out more about the negative effects of wearing your dentures 24/7.
5. Clean your dentures regularly
Bacteria can build up on your dentures, just as it would on natural teeth. Improper cleaning of your dentures can lead to oral diseases and infections. By cleaning your dentures properly, you can remove bacteria and prevent further issues from developing, such as sores and infections.
Cleaning dentures is different than cleaning real teeth. It can be easy to clean dentures incorrectly or not regularly enough. Find the best ways to keep your dentures clean here.
6. Consider what you are eating
Learning how to eat with dentures can take some practice, but there are several small changes you can make to your eating habits to make ease this process, including:
- Eating soft foods
- Eating smaller pieces of food
- Sucking sweets
- Not chewing gum
Eating the wrong foods can sometimes result in your dentures moving out of position, or food getting stuck under them and causing discomfort. If this happens it is important to move your dentures back into place and look after your oral hygiene.
7. See your denturist if you are having trouble with comfort
Maintaining regular dental check-ups is essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing small issues from becoming bigger. A check-up once a year is recommended, however, smokers and alcohol drinkers should consider more regular check-ups.
You can book a denture check-up with our Clinical Dental Technician or our in-house dentist if you do not have a preferred dentist of your own. Call one of our clinics to arrange your appointment for a time that suits you.
If you’re having problems with the comfort of your existing dentures or if you’re starting to experience tooth loss, book a free consultation with us for an oral examination and to discuss your options.