It typically takes about a month to adjust to wearing full or partial dentures. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to speaking and eating with the artificial teeth that dentures come with. Many first-time denture wearers also experience some soreness at first as their gums adjust to carrying the weight of the dentures. Patients who have teeth extracted in preparation for dentures are more likely to experience soreness. It might be accompanied by some inflammation.
Dentures are an affordable way to replace missing teeth and they are highly recommended to those who have lost most of their real teeth. These oral prosthetics have two main parts: a framework that is held in place in the mouth via suction, and artificial teeth that are attached to the dentures.
Adjusting to life with full or partial dentures
It takes some time to get used to eating with full or partial dentures. Dentists often recommend sticking to soft foods for the first few days after getting this oral prosthetic. New denture wearers should expect to deal with increased saliva production and a few sore spots during the first two weeks. A simple way to manage these sores is by rinsing the mouth with salt water for the first 14 days of wearing dentures.
The way a person's dentures feel may change as their gums begin to heal from any extractions, and as the bone resorption that takes place with missing teeth change structures in the jaw. In some cases, the patient will need to have their dentures relined so that they fit better.
After the first two weeks of wearing dentures, the patient should be back to eating and talking like they normally would. Their saliva production should also be closer to normal and there should be fewer sores forming on soft tissues in the mouth. At this point, the person can also start using dental adhesives to make the dentures more stable. Dental adhesives make it easier to eat and speak while wearing dentures.
The 30-day mark
By the time a person has worn dentures for about a month, the oral prosthetic should feel normal in their mouth. At this point, speaking or eating with dentures should be effortless. Adjustments might need to be made periodically as the person's jawbone changes over the years. A set of dentures can last up to 10 years with good oral hygiene.
Speeding up the adjustment period
There are some simple things people who wear dentures can do to make their adjustment period more bearable. These include:
- Cut food up into small bites
- Chew with both sides of your dentures to balance out bite forces
- Take your time when eating
- Drink lots of water
- Avoid hard foods
Replace your missing teeth with dentures
Contact our Denham Springs clinic today to explore your missing-teeth replacement options. Our dentist will educate you about dentures and ways to make your adjustment period go smoother. You can have a complete set of teeth in as little as two weeks.
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