The decision to get dentures (or replace them) can be an anxiety-producing process. You may be uncertain of what is going to happen after you get them in, and what the aftercare will be. This post is aimed at detailing what to expect when you get new dentures.
It’s important to remember that not everyone will adjust the same. This is noteworthy because other peoples’ experience may or may not match your own. Adjustment to dentures is generally a slow process that may take some patience. After receiving new dentures (or getting new ones), its not unusual to develop sores along your gum line. This is caused because your dentures need adjusted. It is important that you return to the dentist for this, and do not try to adjust them yourself, as you could cause damage to your gums or jawbone. It’s possible that you will need multiple adjustments, as the dentures settle and you try to find the right fit for you. This is normal.
After the sores have begun to clear up and the fit feels right, remember that it make take some time for your speech and eating to adjust. Regarding speech, your tongue has to adjust to different positions and the fit of the dentures, to produce desired speech sounds. This can take 6 to 8 weeks to fully adjust. In terms of eating, your body needs time to adjust to keeping the dentures in place. This is generally done by chewing on the sides of your mouth. However, it helps to start with softer foods in the first few weeks, and work your way up to harder food. You may also noticed increased saliva in the first two weeks, however your body should adjust after this time period.
Regarding after-care, proper oral hygiene is essential for maintaining your dentures and oral health. It will be important for you to rinse your mouth and your dentures after your meals, as well as to clean your dentures twice daily with dental cleaner. In addition, brushing your tissues in your mouth at least twice a day prevents built-up bacteria, and helps maintain blood flow to these areas. Dentures should be left out for at least 8 hours a day; this is frequently done at night. Leaving them in (unless they are not removable) could cause persistent pain. While adjusting to dentures can take some time, they keys are to communicate with your dentist and keep up with your oral hygiene.