Getting used to a denture or partial denture takes a few weeks for most people. What to expect:
Excessive saliva: In the beginning, your mouth will actually view the denture or partial denture as food. A lot of saliva will be produced, but this will diminish in time as your body adjusts.
Difficulty speaking: When speaking, your tongue undergoes various movements, touching your palate, lips and teeth. Thus, speaking will certainly feel different at first. Over time, your speech will return to normal.
Difficulty eating: At first, your denture or partial denture will feel large, making chewing a slight challenge. However, with time and practice, you will quickly adjust.
Sore spots: Over the first few days, a new denture or partial denture may rub an area of your gum, causing a spot that is sore. Thus, on the day you receive the denture or partial denture, you will schedule an appointment in around a week to follow-up and make any necessary adjustments.
How implants have changed the way I make dentures:
Over twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved to south Florida from Boston, where I attended and taught at Tufts Dental School. My office has been located in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area since moving to Palm Beach County. In my practice, implant dentures have become a common dental procedure. New patients will present to our office with an ill-fitting denture or partial denture. We are often able to use dental implants to drastically improve its comfort and fit. The implants serve as an anchor and hold the denture in place while chewing and speaking. Quite honestly, our patients typically cannot understand how they used to cope with their old denture before implants. If you have an uncomfortable denture or you are considering a new denture, partial denture or implant denture, we would gladly provide a complimentary evaluation: