GIVE IT TIME
Most people adjust to dentures quickly. For others, it can take a while to get used to the fit and feel. If you’re wearing dentures for the first time, your jaw and gums may feel sore at first but over time they should adjust to the new dentures.
It’s not uncommon to feel mild discomfort and experience a little difficulty when speaking whilst adapting to your dentures. But over time, your jaw and gums should adjust to the new dentures and you can get back to feeling like yourself again.
USE A DENTURE ADHESIVE
Using a denture adhesive, like Polident can improve denture hold to help with eating, speaking and smiling, and form a seal to help prevent food getting stuck between your dentures and gums, meaning you can continue to enjoy many of your favourite meals.
TAKE CARE of YOUR DENTUREs
Making sure you care for your dentures will reduce the chance of future problems. Store them in water overnight. Clean them regularly. Using specialist denture cleaners, like Polident cleanser tablets, remove* 99.9% of odour causing bacteria** to leave them feeling fresh and working well.
GET ON TOP OF PAIN IMMEDIATELY
Any discomfort you feel as you get used to your new dentures should decrease over time. If your gums continue feeling sore, your dentures may need adjusting. Speak to your dentist.
Just one small adjustment could dramatically increase your comfort in no time.
WHEN DENTURES BECOME LOOSE
Dentures can become loose because of general wear or bone resorption – a process which sees your mouth and jaw naturally changing over time, resulting in your denture fitting less snugly. Your dentist should be able to quickly identify and fix problems so regular visits are important.
*when used as directed.
**In laboratory tests. Kiesow, A. et al. (2016) J. Prosthet. Dent. 115(2);189-98. Financial sponsor: Haleon.