Each patient is different. But in general, it may take a few weeks before you feel fully comfortable with your new dentures. During the first few weeks, it’s normal to lisp a little with certain words, develop small mouth sores, or have more saliva in your mouth. While it’s easy to feel discouraged, this part of the process is normal and to be expected.
In time, this initial discomfort will fade away and your dentures will feel like a natural extension of the rest of your mouth.
Here’s what you can expect during the first few weeks of wearing dentures.
First 24 Hours
If you choose immediate dentures, you’ll wear your new oral appliance immediately after tooth extraction. You’ll then need to continue wearing your dentures for 24 hours straight as the extraction sites heal.
In a way, your full dentures will act as a bandaid to help the gums heal. That’s why you’ll need to even wear your dentures while you sleep during those first 24 hours. After the 24 hours though, you’ll need to remove your dentures before going to sleep so your gums have a chance to recover and stay healthy.
During this time, it’s important that you eat soft foods like mashed potatoes. You’ll also need to take any pain relievers or antibiotics our dentist prescribes.
After the first 24 hours, you’ll need to return to our office so Dr. Bandos can remove your dentures.
First 2 Weeks
It’s normal to have sore spots during the first few days or weeks of wearing dentures. Your mouth may also produce more saliva as it gets used to the new appliance.
You’ll need to schedule several more appointments with our office as your gums heal. This is because the gum tissue will contract slightly as it heals, which will alter the fit of your dentures.
If you experience dental discomfort or pain while eating, we recommend supplementing meals with Ensure or another protein-rich drink.
After 2 Weeks
After a couple of weeks, your dentures will feel more comfortable and natural. You should also notice fewer sore spots and less saliva as your gums, cheeks, and tongue get used to your dentures.
Write down any words that are difficult to say with your new dentures. Then, practice saying these words out loud every day until you can say them without lisping.
If your dentures are still uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call our office to have them adjusted. Our family dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, would be more than happy to help!
Your dentures are supported by your gums, which is why it’s more important than ever that you practice good oral hygiene. According to the , about 47.2% of Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. Don’t be one of them.
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It’s important that you brush your dentures every day—but not with toothpaste. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive and will scratch your dentures. Instead, gently brush your dentures with water or denture cleanser before rinsing them.
Do NOT use hot water as this will warp your dentures. Also, make sure that you choose a toothbrush that’s designed especially for.
In addition to brushing your dentures, you should also soak them in water or a denture cleanser when you’re not wearing them at night. If you allow your dentures to dry out, they’ll crack and warp.
Request an Appointment With Dr. Bandos
Dr. Bandos and her team at Kalamazoo Smiles would be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dentures. To request an appointment with our Kalamazoo dentist, call (269) 353-3700.