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Your First Month with Dentures

June 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshinssmiles @ 3:46 am

Fingers holding lower dentureIf you’ve been living with missing teeth, nothing is more exciting than getting your first set of dentures. Although they will fit your mouth like gloves, don’t expect to chomp into a juicy hamburger right away. It will take time to adjust to your new teeth. Here’s what you can expect during the first month and how to make the transition process easier.

The First 24 Hours with Dentures

If you require tooth extractions before getting your dentures, your mouth will be sore for a few days. Your dentist will recommend taking OTC pain relievers to manage any discomfort and eat soft foods.

Your dentist will instruct you to wear your dentures for 24 hours after getting them. They’ll act like bandaids to help your mouth heal. After the first day, you’ll need to remove your dentures at night. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your oral and general health relies on taking them out.

The First 2 Weeks with Dentures

It’s normal for sore spots to occur within the first few days, but if the irritation persists, you may need to have your dentures adjusted. You might also notice you’re producing more saliva. Your mouth will attribute your dentures as a foreign object, causing increased salivation. Don’t worry, it will resolve within a couple of weeks. 

You can resume your regular diet, but skip anything hard or chewy. Cut your food into small pieces and chew slowly until you adjust to your dentures. Speaking clearly can take practice, too. Singing or reading out loud can shorten the transition process.

After 2 Weeks with Dentures

Eating and speaking will become easier after a couple of weeks. You may even forget you’re wearing your dentures. Maintain any follow-up appointment with your dentist to keep your dentures fitting their best.

30 Days Days with Dentures

Eating and speaking will feel natural within a month. Your dentures can serve you for many years before needing to be replaced. Many factors affect their lifespan, but you can do many things to get the most from your investment, like keeping your dentures clean.

Dentures can’t get cavities, but you still need to brush after eating. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste or mild dishwashing liquid. Take your dentures out every night before going to bed. Put them in an overnight soaking solution to kill any bacteria. 

Besides keeping your dentures clean, always keep them moist and don’t expose them to hot liquids to prevent them from warping. Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and denture adjustments.

About Dr. Steven Oshins

Dr. Oshins earned his dental degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and has worked among the most prestigious dentists in the Federal Government. He has regularly pursued advanced education in many specialties, including dentures. Request an appointment through our website or call (518) 519-3977.

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