Dentures aren't something that everyone can adjust to wearing. If you have dentures and you've been struggling to adjust to the feel of them in your mouth, you're not alone. Here, you'll find a bit of information that can help make the dentures feel more natural in your mouth.

See the Dentist

Have you discussed the discomfort with your dentist? If not, make an appointment and go. The problem might not be with you—it could be that the dentures aren't fitting properly. If that's the case, the dentist can make adjustments so that they fit perfectly. The dentist could remove some material so that the denture isn't pinching or rubbing, or they can add material to reline the entire plate so that it fits your mouth.

Sometimes, dentures are made before the mouth has healed after extractions. This can result in a plate that's too large and slips around while you're talking and eating. Relining the denture will fix that problem.

Try Denture Paste

Sometimes, even the best-fitting dentures aren't secure enough for new wearers to adjust to them. One small slip and the denture may cause you to gag. So, to keep your denture secure, use a bit of denture paste. It doesn't take a whole lot, so don't make the mistake of coating the entire plate with paste—follow the guide on the product package.

Tip: If you are sensitive to zinc or are taking a zinc supplement, look for denture paste that doesn't contain zinc, or you could eventually begin to suffer from zinc toxicity.

Consider Dental Implants

The absolute best option to secure dentures for the long run is to see a dentist about dental implants. Dental implants can be used to secure denture plates in the mouth. The dentist could use your existing plate and add some attachments for it to snap onto the implant. Then, at the end of the day, you can pull the denture out with a bit of force and soak them for a good nighttime cleaning.

Dental implants can be used for both upper and lower dentures, but a lot of denture wearers only need them on the bottom to provide extra support for the lower plate.

Talk with your dentist to learn more about dental implants. Dentures and implants should not be a burden—they should be giving you the life back that you once had with a mouth full of natural teeth.