Are you adjusting to life with a new set of artificial teeth? According to the American Dental Association, it is common for patients to experience some minor soreness after getting new dentures. However, while your dentures may feel a bit strange in your mouth at first, keep in mind any discomfort you experience will be temporary. Within a few weeks’ time, you will be smiling at how comfortable your new teeth feel in your mouth. In the meantime, follow the 3 helpful tips below to ease your transition into life with new dentures in Richardson.
Sing Some Tunes
Get ready to polish off those karaoke skills! Singing along to some of your favorite songs can help your mouth grow accustomed to speaking with dentures. But don’t worry, you don’t actually have to sing in public – singing slowly and smoothly along with the car radio or at home can help your tongue and lips get used to forming words and vowel sounds around your new teeth. As a bonus, you might learn some new lyrics to songs you enjoy as you sing your way to comfort.
Try a Dental Adhesive
Well-fitting dentures should be held in place by the tongue and cheek muscles, but it may take some time for those muscles to take charge of their new responsibility. During the first few weeks after receiving new dentures, applying a small amount of dental adhesive can help your new teeth stay in place in your mouth.
A dental adhesive should only be applied to clean dentures. If you properly clean your dentures every evening and place them in a water bath overnight, then just follow these simple steps in the morning:
- Rinse your dentures
- Apply the recommended amount of dental adhesive to your dentures
- Immediately place the dentures in your mouth.
Once your dentures are in place, the dental adhesive should last most of the day. However, if a denture becomes loose during the day from drinking and eating, you can easily reapply adhesive as necessary.
Exercise Your Cheeks
Also known as buccinator muscles, your cheek muscles help move food in your mouth toward your throat as you are about to swallow. Regular exercise can help build these muscles and give you more control over your meals while eating. For the first few weeks after getting dentures, try incorporating some basic exercises – like holding a wide smile for 10 seconds at a time – into your daily schedule.
Persistent mouth discomfort could be a sign of ill-fitting dentures and should be communicated to a dental professional. If you are still experiencing significant cheek or mouth pain weeks later, do not hesitate to call a dentist in Richardson.
About the Practice
Led by the dynamic husband-and-wife duo of Dr. Nathan Coughlin and Dr. Christine Coughlin, the team at Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics offers comprehensive dental care to patients in Richardson, including a wide range of tooth replacement options. If you have experienced advanced tooth loss and want to learn more about restorative dentistry solutions, visit the Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics website today or call the office at 972-248-9119.