How To Adjust To Your New Partial Dentures

How To Adjust To Your New Partial Dentures

If you are missing some of your natural teeth, partial dentures are a great way to get your smile back, enjoy the foods you love, and improve speech. Since they aren’t your natural teeth, it will take some time to adjust. When you get your partial dentures, be prepared to feel overly aware of your dentures at first and expect some discomfort as your gums get used to the sensation. Adapting to dentures may seem frustrating, but you must stick with it and wear your dentures all day, even if it is uncomfortable. If you take your dentures out for part of the day, you will only prolong the period of discomfort. There are some steps you can take to make the adjustment period easier.

Adjusting To Your Partial Dentures

Have Patience. The general rule is to expect 30 days of initial discomfort as your gums and soft tissues become accustomed to the sensation of the dentures. You may experience some unfamiliar rubbing on your gums, particularly when you are chewing. Denture fixatives can help with this to prevent any movement as well as to offer a cushion, but over time you will get used to the sensation of dentures on your gums. Your gums will likely be irritated in the first week of wearing your partial denture, but when the irritation subsides you may need a denture adjustment. If you are experiencing discomfort after the initial 30 days or if you feel pain, contact your denturist for an adjustment.

Eat With Care. Eating with dentures will require 1 to 4 weeks where you are conscious of what and how you’re eating. In the first week with dentures, you should start by eating soft foods to avoid putting pressure on your sore gums. Starting with soft foods will give you time to adjust to the feeling of dentures and will limit how much you bite your tongue or move your dentures out of place. After the first week, when your gums are feeling a bit better, you can start eating tougher foods, but try to take small bites that can easily be chewed with your back teeth. Try to chew slowly so that you can become familiar with your bite and eat without dislodging your dentures. Even once you become accustomed to your dentures and feel confident chewing, don’t bite with your front teeth (as this can cause chipping) and avoid certain foods going forward. Anything that is very hard, such as popcorn kernels, hard candies, or almonds can easily chip or crack your dentures. Anything that is excessively sticky, such as caramel or toffee, can also damage dentures or dislodge them from their usual position. There are some other foods that will not damage your dentures but that may irritate your gums, such as nuts, poppyseeds, raspberries, or other seedy fruits where the small particles may get under your dentures and cause discomfort.

Talk To Yourself. As you adjust to the feeling of something new in your mouth, it may be difficult to produce certain sounds. Some people will have a mild lisp when they first get their partial dentures and it makes them feel self-conscious, but reading out loud at home can help you become familiar with speaking with dentures and figuring out how to shape your mouth. As you get used to the dentures and stop noticing their presence, speech will improve. If you work a job or do activities that require a lot of speaking, consider taking some time off or regularly practicing so that you can adjust your speech.

Get Top Quality Partial Dentures From Future Smiles In Calgary 

Adjusting to partial dentures will take some time, but having a Calgary denturist who can answer any questions or concerns can help you feel more prepared for the process. Another way to adapt to your partial dentures is to have them relined as needed; if your dentures are still uncomfortable after a month or if the discomfort during the adjustment period concerns you, discuss with your denturist if you need a reline. When looking for a reputable denture clinic with a variety of affordable denture solutions, visit Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary. Whether you get your dentures from our location on Macleod in SW Calgary or Coral Springs in NE Calgary, we offer 1 year of FREE denture repairs and adjustments to ensure that your replacement teeth always function optimally. To book a FREE consultation with Future Smiles Denture Clinic, either call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: What types of partial dentures are available?
A: At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we know that every mouth is different. This is why we offer both traditional partial dentures and flexible partial dentures. Both options offer high-quality craftsmanship with great durability. Speak with your Calgary denturist to determine which type of partial dentures will work best for you.

Q: Do partial dentures look more natural than full dentures?
A: Both dentures look natural. Your Calgary denturist will create custom-made replacement teeth that match the colour of your existing teeth so that the partial dentures are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and leave you with a great looking smile.

Q: How much do partial dentures cost?
A: Partial dentures are a great option to fit your budget, as they tend to be the most affordable type of denture, with the cost ranging between $600-$2500 depending on how many teeth are being replaced. To make denture options more affordable, Future Smiles Denture Clinic offers affordable denture solutions with direct billing and financing options.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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