Dentures are excellent for replacing teeth and restoring function, but there is a bit of an adjustment period you will experience when you get new dentures. This is to be expected and can last from a month up to three months. Things to expect from denture adjustment include:
1. Changes in facial expressions. It will take time for the muscles in your face to adjust, so your normal facial expressions may appear altered as you get used to your new teeth, but you’ll soon get used to the fit.
2. Excess saliva. Digestion begins in the mouth, and when the mouth senses your new dentures, it may generate excess saliva. Within several days, however, your mouth will adjust to its new components and salivation will return to normal.
3. Soreness. The soft tissue of your mouth is among the most sensitive in the body and may be irritated or inflamed from the pressure of your new dentures. A few sore spots at first are completely normal.
4. Speech issues. You’ll have to get used to the changes inside your mouth, and your speech may need some time to adjust. Just be patient and practice reading aloud and talking to get used to things.
5. Chewing problems. Try small bites at first and start with softer food. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.
6. “Kitchen sink” syndrome. This is a feeling that some new denture wearers have that feels like something foreign in their mouths — like the kitchen sink and more. This can take several weeks to clear up, but it will get better.
7. Looseness. You may accidentally dislodge your dentures with your cheek or tongue until you get used to them. This is normal. A feeling of looseness, sliding, rubbing or other things related to looseness are common.
8. Nausea and gaggling. This is caused by the feeling of the dentures pressing on the upper palate and usually goes away. Adjustments can be made to shorten the plate if necessary and help reduce this symptom.
If there are too many problems, it may be time to consider implants to support your dentures, which should lead to fewer adjustment issues.