Dentures are a great way to restore the look of your natural smile, but they take some getting used to. Our Grand Rapids, MI dentures dentist offers partial and complete dentures to help you talk and eat normally again.
While they will feel different at first, you’ll soon adjust to the look and feel of wearing dentures in your everyday life. Here’s what Dr. Ritzema wants you to know about your first 30 days with your new dentures. Please contact our dental office today with any additional questions or concerns regarding your dentures.
Getting Used to Dentures
For the First 24 Hours
Like the name suggests, immediate dentures can be worn immediately after extracting teeth. If we need to extract teeth, one of our dentists may prescribe you pain relievers and antibiotics to take as directed while the site heals. It’s important that you don’t remove your dentures during the first 24 hours so the gums have a chance to heal. Your act much like a bandaid during your first day, which is why you’ll even need to wear your dentures to bed.
After the 24 hours, we highly recommend removing your dentures before going to sleep. That way, your gums have a chance to rest and stay healthy. Your gums were never designed to be covered by dentures 24/7, which is why you need to give them breaks.
Since the extraction sites will be sore, we recommend eating soft foods like mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese.
For the First 2 Weeks
Once 24 hours have passed since tooth extraction, you’ll need to return to our office so our Grand Rapids, MI dentist can remove your dentures. It’s normal to develop sore spots during the first few days of wearing dentures. You may also have more saliva.
Gum tissue contracts as it heals. For this reason, you may need to visit our office several times so your dentures fit comfortably. If you experience dental discomfort or pain while eating, we recommend supplementing meals with Ensure or another protein-rich drink.
After the First 2 Weeks
It takes time for your gums, cheeks, and tongue to adjust to wearing an oral appliance. However, after a couple of weeks have passed, you’ll notice fewer sore spots in your mouth and less saliva. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you need your dentures adjusted. We’d be more than happy to set up a time for you.
It’ll take some time for you to get used to eating and talking with dentures. If you lisp while you talk, we recommend reading aloud from your favorite book and keeping a running list of words that give you difficulty. The more you speak with your dentures, the easier it’ll become over time.
Caring for Your Dentures
Take care of yourlike you would natural teeth. For example, you’ll need to brush your dentures twice a day to remove plaque and prevent bad odor. Submerge your full or partial dentures in water or denture cleanser when you’re not wearing them so they don’t dry out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Don’t be one of them. If you’re wearing full dentures, you won’t have any natural teeth left. However, it’s still important to keep your gums healthy by brushing them twice a day.
At Complete Health Dentistry, our Grand Rapids, MI dentures dentist can help you get your smile back. If you want to learn more about how dentures can improve your life, make an appointment by calling (616) 458-7267.