March 17, 2023
If you’ve been living without teeth, nothing is more exciting than getting your new set of dentures. They’ll fit your mouth like a glove and look stunning, instantly restoring your confidence. Although they’ll look and feel great, don’t expect to chomp into a cheeseburger right away. It can take a few weeks to adjust to your new teeth, but don’t worry. Here’s what you can expect during the first month and a few tips to make the transition easier.
The First 24 Hours
If you require tooth extractions, your dentist may prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics. You should eat soft foods because your gums might be a little tender. It’s important to wear your dentures for at least 24 hours to allow your gums to heal. Essentially, your denture will act like a bandaid. Although your dentist will instruct you to remove your dentures at night, sleep with them in your mouth for the first day.
The First 2 Weeks
If you notice any sore spots during the first few days, it is completely normal. However, if they persist for more than a couple of weeks, you may need to see your dentist for adjustments. It’s also normal for you to produce more saliva because your dentures will be foreign to your mouth.
As your gums heal, you can resume your regular diet, but avoid anything hard or chewy, including tough meat. Chew slowly and cut your food into small pieces as you learn to eat with your new teeth.
Speaking can be a little awkward at first, but practice makes perfect. Many dentists recommend singing to make the transition process shorter.
After 2 Weeks
After a couple of weeks, your mouth won’t be as sore and you’ll produce less saliva. It may still take some time to eat and speak confidently. Visit your dentist as instructed to ensure your mouth is healing and your dentures are fitting their best.
After 30 Days
After about a month, you may forget your dentures aren’t your real teeth. Your mouth will have had time to adjust to wearing them. Caring for your dentures properly and visiting your dentist regularly will ensure they continue to fit their best and promote their lifespan.
Caring for Your New Dentures
Although dentures can’t get cavities, don’t throw away your toothbrush. Brush your dentures after eating using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Remove your dentures every night before going to bed and place them in a soaking solution to kill any bacteria missed by brushing. Always keep your dentures moist and don’t expose them to hot liquids to prevent them from warping.
With the right care at home and from your dentist, your beautiful new smile can last for years.
About Dr. James T. Sierra
Dr. Sierra earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has regularly continued his education in advanced services. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (281) 819-5729.
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