Living With Dentures : What to Expect and How to Cope

When you are young, you will associate false teeth with old people only. But the fact is that at some point in time you may need dentures. Perhaps your mouth cannot accomodate a crown and bridge treatment or maybe you are scared of the pain associate with implants. But one thing is for sure. You will want to be able to smile at all times. So, if false teeth are the best suggestion made by your dentist, this guide on living with dentures is for you.

When you get dentures they will feel very strange at first. After having any teeth removed, you will have waited on average six weeks for your gums to heal and for your denture fitting. In this time you will have wondered how life with dentures will be. Depending on whether you will be a full or partial denture wearer, you may or may not need to use an adhesive to keep your teeth in place. Keeping your teeth in a glass by the side of your bed is defintiely not compulsary however!

Living With Dentures : A Beginner’s Guide

When you first get your dentures, you will visit your dentist. Here you will try your new teeth for the first time and you will be asked to open and close your mouth. Things will feel strange, but discomfort should not be present. If you feel pain on putting in your dentures, tell your dentist. They may need filing down. Just a tiny amount can make a big difference. So, your teeth should not be painful to wear. But what else should you expect?

First things first. Your dentures will feel strange. You are not used to having them in your mouth and they will feel like they shouldn’t be there. You will constantly pass your tongue around your mouth in the same way you do when you have a new filling. Asides them feeling strange, you may have trouble swallowing. If so, be patient. Try your dentures in the comfort of your own home, and litttle by little, get used to them.

Once you can keep your teeth in your mouth you are half way to living with dentures succesfully. As well as having problems swallowing you will undoubtedly have trouble talking. Once again, start at home where you can practise easily and comfortably.


Once you can keep your dentures in your mouth and swallow with them, it’s time to start eating and drinking. You may have a hard time even talking with your teeth. So be patient. All good things come to those who wait. Trying to chew and eat with your dentures may seem like and impossible task, so start by drinking through a straw, and then from a cup.

Eating with dentures will never feel the same as with your natural teeth. Unless you use an adhesive to keep your teeth in place, you will find your false teeth move around when you try and chew. Sticky foods will get stuck to your teeth, so avoid eating toffees at all costs. There are some foods that you may never get used to eating with dentures. such as toffess or even chewing gum. But it is a small price to pay for being able to smile again.