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It doesn’t matter if you are replacing a few teeth, or an entire row, if you are receiving your first set of dentures, then you should know that it will take some time to get used to them. It will take a little time, but you will be accustomed to them in due time.

Your dentures will feel bulky for a while, and your mouth may even produce more saliva for a short period of time, but that is normal, and will stop. While some discomfort can be expected at first, if you feel persistent pain or pressure, you should contact your dentist to have your dentures adjusted. In some cases, your dentures may need to be lined after you have them for a week or two. That process may also relieve any discomfort.

Don’t be surprised if your dentures slip, or float when you while you are getting used to them. It will help if you strengthen your buccinator muscles. If you have trouble locating them, check the mirror. Buccinator muscles are your cheek muscles, and exercising them can help your dentures fit more effectively.

You will probably find that eating poses a challenge. For a while, it will help if you cut your food into smaller pieces, or you might try cutting your food into long strips and chewing on both sides of your mouth, which will help distribute the chewing pressure more evenly. If you have problems saying certain words, you might try practicing saying them, or speaking them more slowly. You can also try singing along to your favorite songs while you are driving, or at home to help you learn how to speak while wearing your dentures. Singing is an easy way to get accustomed to speaking with your dentures in.

If you are missing several teeth, or if you need an entire row of teeth replaced, our dentist, Dr. Melissa Wolfe would be happy to see you! If you live in the Staunton, Virginia area, call 540.885.5050 today to schedule an appointment at Maple Ridge Dental.