Your new dentures will normally take a lot of getting used to. Your gums will be sore for a couple of weeks – this is normal. The best way to help the gums to harden is to rinse with warm salty water four times a day with the dentures out. Use one teaspoonful of salt to a glass of warm water and rinse for one full minute each time.

Sometimes a particular area can be very sore – if this does not settle down within a week it is probably part of the denture digging into the gum too much. Contact us at the practice and we will get you to come in so that the dentist can shave down that part of the denture. Most people need their new denture trimmed at least once to ease sore spots.

Eating and speaking will also take getting used to. You will feel strange talking at first but in the vast majority of cases people sound exactly the same and you only need to get used to the dentures. Do not expect to be eating and chewing hard food immediately. Build up from soft foods slowly to suit yourself. It is usually recommended that you remove new dentures for eating for the first week until your gums start to get accustomed to the dentures. What foods can be eaten with dentures depend on the individual – some people can’t get on with hard or chewy foods and some can.


It is very important to look after your denture properly or you can get gum infections that can be painful and cause bad breath. Any other teeth remaining can be damaged and lost also. Your denture(s) should be taken out all night every night and left in a denture disinfectant. All dentures absorb water and bacteria – these must be all killed. The gums must be allowed to recover overnight, having your dentures in all the time is like leaving shoes and socks on all the time (only much worse). You should brush your denture regularly with a soft toothbrush.