When you get a root canal treatment, your dentist will tell you to prepare for some discomfort and soreness for a few days after the treatment. Similarly, when getting full or partial dentures, some side effects will arise after. Knowing these beforehand can help you take the proper measures to promote quick recovery so that you can get used to the restorations. Below are some of the issues that new denture wearers experience and what you can do about them.
Talking normally becomes difficult
After getting full or partial dentures, your jaw and mouth take a while to adapt to the new appliance in the mouth. As a result, you may slur your words or even find it challenging to speak altogether. This problem can cause embarrassment and discomfort when speaking in public. Try pronouncing your words slowly and practice long and complicated words at home to avoid incoherence when speaking in public. This problem will only last a few weeks, and as long as the dentures are correctly fitting, your speech will get back to normal within a short period.
Chewing properly may be a struggle
Dentures are not just meant for aesthetic purposes; they also allow you to chew food and indulge in foods that you previously couldn't eat. However, there are instances when chewing food properly can be a struggle, especially immediately after getting your dentures. You may also notice some digestion problems which indicate that your food is not being digested properly in the mouth. Once you get used to the dentures, you should be able to chew your food properly. However, if you are still having problems months after treatment, you need to see your dentist. This could be a sign that the dentures are not the correct fit for your jaw.
You may develop sore spots
Sore spots in the gum are a common problem for new denture wearers. That's because your gum may take a while to adjust to the new appliances. However, beware of sores as they can lead to an oral infection. Also, some wounds result from excessively tight dentures, and you need to get them refitted by your dentist. If you have partial dentures, the metal clasps can grind into your gum and cause pain and discomfort. Ask your specialist about getting partial dentures with no metal clasps to prevent the sore spots in your mouth.
Wearing dentures comes with its fair share of challenges, but is a worthy cause. Talk to a professional at a denture clinic if you experience prolonged discomfort and pain as it could be a sign that the dentures are not the best fit for your mouth.