Dr. Travis Caddell, DDS

How can I get used to my new dentures?

It can take some time to get used to wearing your new dentures, especially if it's your first time. At our Graham dental office, we’ve placed a lot of dentures, and we can assure you that everyone who has ever worn dentures felt the same way in the beginning.

You’ve probably noticed that any new dental work feels odd at first, and dentures are no different. The important thing to remember is not to get discouraged as you go through the process. Be patient with yourself and follow these simple guidelines:

Speaking: This is probably one of the trickiest parts of wearing new dentures. It’s normal to feel like they’re going to slip and slide as you speak. This is one of those situations where the saying “practice makes perfect” really makes sense. Practice at home, reading aloud or speaking to your dog, and pretty soon you will notice that you are gradually adjusting to the sensation of speaking with dentures.

Eating: Start with soft foods that don’t require much chewing and cut your food into small pieces. As you become accustomed to eating with dentures, you can start to eat more solid foods.

Everything else: Aren’t you happy to be able to smile and laugh again without embarrassment? Of course, you will need to give yourself time to adjust, and if you feel your dentures starting to slip, take a deep breath and know that this too shall pass!

Patience and persistence are the key. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your dentures seem to resist you! Pretty soon you will find that you have become comfortable with your dentures and know how to control them as you move your mouth.

The team at our Graham dental office is here to help you through the process. As treatment progresses, we will talk to you about the changes you can expect with new dentures, and how to work through the little kinks that can be frustrating at first.

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