When you first get dentures, one of the first things you’re likely to notice is that they feel different than your natural teeth. It will take time for your mouth to adjust to your new prosthetic. Your dentist can give you tips for making sure the process goes smoothly, but in the meantime, here’s an overview of what you can expect to happen during your first 30 days of wearing dentures.
The First Day
If you had your teeth extracted right before receiving your dentures, you’ll need to keep your new teeth in your mouth for 24 hours, including when you go to bed. This is to help the gums heal after the extraction process. Make sure that you take any pain relievers or antibiotics that you were prescribed. Also, plan on only eating soft foods while your gums are still recovering.
The First Two Weeks
After your first night with dentures, you should start taking them out of your mouth whenever you go to bed. This allows the gums to rest and also reduces the risk of harmful bacteria gathering in the moist, dark space underneath your teeth.
During the first two weeks of wearing dentures, you may find that your mouth produces more saliva than usual. Also, it’s not unusual to notice a few sore spots.
Note that as your gums heal after your extraction, they will start to contract. This can affect the way your dentures fit, so you may need to make a few additional appointments with your dentist to have the necessary adjustments made.
After the First Two Weeks
At this point, your mouth will start getting used to the presence of dentures. There will be fewer sore spots, and there won’t be as much saliva. However, you may still need some more time to get the hang of eating and talking with your dentures.
You may want to consider using a denture adhesive to help keep it in place; this will give it more stability while you’re trying to chew your food. Also, if you’re bothered by a lisp, the best thing to do is to practice speaking with your dentures as much as possible. Try reading aloud and taking note of the words that are giving you trouble so you can repeat them.
After 30 Days
By the end of your first month with dentures, you should largely be used to your new teeth. That said, you always need to be mindful of how they feel in your mouth. Changes in your gum tissue or wear and tear could cause your dentures not to fit properly anymore. Call your dentist immediately if you think your dentures need to be adjusted.
Dentures might feel unusual at first, but once you’ve spent enough time wearing them, you’ll be able to use them to eat your favorite foods and have long conversations with your friends without issue.
About the Author
Dr. Mike Asay graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Even after his graduation, he remains dedicated to expanding his knowledge and skillset, and he regularly attends a variety of advanced training courses. His Round Rock practice, Chisholm Trail Dental Health, offers fully personalized dentures for replacing missing teeth. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Asay, please visit his website or call (512) 244-2796.