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New to dentures

Dentures are a very personal thing; no two people will have exactly the same experiences, but some things are common in a lot of denture wearers’ lives.

Getting used to dentures

Wearing dentures can take a bit of getting used to and you may feel some discomfort in the first few weeks. However, you’ll slowly start to get used to the different sensation in your mouth and be able to carry on enjoying life as before.

If your dentures are still not comfortable after the first few weeks, talk to your dentist about making any adjustments.


First-time denture wearers often say that their dentures are too big, pushing their lips forward. This feeling is completely normal as your mouth is really sensitive. Once your mouth gets used to the dentures, it will ease.

Soreness and irritation

A certain amount of soreness and irritation is normal while you’re adjusting to new dentures. If the pain continues, see your dentist.

More saliva than usual

It’s normal to produce more saliva than usual as your mouth gets used to your dentures, but over time this will become less and less.

Gag reflex

A gag reflex when putting in or taking out your dentures is simply a reaction to having an unfamiliar object in your mouth. The more comfortable and relaxed you are with your dentures, the less this will happen.

Gagging can also be caused by your denture extending too far back into your mouth. So if this continues, speak to your dentist.

Reasons to smile

Having your teeth extracted and dentures made can be upsetting, but you’re not alone. Millions of people go through this every year. And even though the first few days living with dentures can be tough as you make the adjustment, it’s also a chance to think about all the things you’ll be able to do with your new teeth.

Whether it’s eating the foods you love, laughing so hard you cry, or getting close with somebody – you’ll be able to live life loud again.


See your dentist regularly

Once you’ve got your dentures it’s really important that you keep visiting your dentist. This might seem an obvious thing to say but your dentist really is the very best person to talk to about any issues you might have.

Your dentist can check the condition of your dentures or partials and remaining teeth and make sure your oral health is in good condition. Dentures have a busy life so they’ll need adjusting from time to time. Don’t be frightened to ask your dentist to take a look; one tiny adjustment could make a big difference to your dentures’ fit and comfort.

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