How to Adjust to Wearing Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures Santa Ana, CA

Implant-supported dentures feel much more natural than traditional dentures, but there is an adjustment period after they are placed. This can take several weeks to fully adjust. However, there are things the patient can do to make the adjustment process go more smoothly.

Tips for adjusting to implant-supported dentures

You can adjust to new life with implant-supported dentures by talking regularly to get used to the new feel, eating a soft diet, drinking water rather than coffee and other dark beverages, and implementing good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly. 

Talk, talk, and talk some more

One of the hardest parts about adjusting to wearing implant-supported dentures for many is learning how to feel normal while talking. As is the case with everything in life, the more you practice talking with implant-supported dentures the better you become. While this may seem obvious, many begin to feel insecure speaking with their new smile as they adjust to how it feels, but be sure not to let this stop you from chatting away, especially when around the house.  

Stick to soft foods and limit chewing

It can take several weeks for the mouth to adjust to the implant-supported dentures. The adjustment process may involve some soreness. To limit the soreness and get used to eating, stick to a diet of soft foods that do not require much chewing. In the long-term, patients are able to eat comfortably and as they please, but there may be some limitations for the first week or two. 

Drink water and limit sugar consumption

This is good advice not just initially after the attachment of the dentures onto the implants but long-term as well. Water can wash away bacteria and food particles, which helps the patient maintain ideal oral health. On the other hand, excessive sugar consumption can damage the gums and increase the risk of early implant failure that results from periodontal disease. 

Implement good oral hygiene practices

Limiting sugar consumption and drinking water is a great oral hygiene practice. In addition, be sure to keep a consistent brushing, flossing, and mouthwash schedule and do it as often as the dentist recommends. While teeth decay is no longer a risk with dentures, the dentures can still damage and periodontal (gum) disease can cause concerns with the implants. 

Take time to enjoy your new smile

While there may be an adjustment process, this should not stop patients from enjoying their new, beautiful, and permanent smiles. Take the time to appreciate, enjoy and celebrate having made it through the treatment process, which is often relatively extensive. The adjustment may last a week or two, but the long-term benefits can last well beyond a decade. 

Are you interested in implant-supported dentures?

If you are considering implant-supported dentures or already have implant-supported dentures and need a check-up visit, then reach out to our team today. We offer implant-supported dentures, in addition to other methods of teeth replacement. We assist our patients through the adjustment process if they have any questions or concerns as well.

Request an appointment here: or call Bright Smile Dental at (714) 361-9308 for an appointment in our Santa Ana office.

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