Making A Smooth Adjustment To Dentures In 30 Days

Making A Smooth Adjustment To Dentures In 30 Days

Dentures are a wonderful solution for those with missing teeth. They give your smile back, as well as the functions of natural teeth. And there more people wearing dentures than you might think — The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 35 million Americans do not have any teeth.

Receiving dentures from the dentist is a process with several steps including an initial consultation, extractions, impressions and fittings. Typically within 30 days of receiving your dentures you will be smiling and eating normally. Read on to get a synopsis of each phase of those crucial first 30 days as well as a host of tips and tricks for new dentures.

Phase 1: DAY 1-15

Immediately after you receive your dentures, it’s best to take it easy. You might even want to think about taking a couple days off work, especially if you have a job that requires a lot of talking as it does take a bit of getting used to. Ideally, scheduling you dentist appointment for Friday will give you the weekend to rest and then you can return to work on Monday.

Pain management is key in these first days. An over the counter pain reliever can be helpful as well as a prescription for benzocaine. Benzocaine can be applied topically to numb sore spots from new dentures.

In this phase, it’s important to eat soft foods like yogurt, protein shakes, applesauce, pudding, jello, soup, mashed potatoes, etc. Your mouth will still be sore and you don’t want to eat anything that might agitate it further. Foods to avoid include popcorn, nuts, peanut butter, corn on the cob or sticky treats like gum, taffy or caramel. In these first meals post-denture, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water between bites and take longer to eat according to Dental Gentle Care.

We recommend that you do not try any denture adhesives during this healing period. You should wait until the areas where teeth were removed heal — usually about 7 to 10 days. It will be easier to apply adhesive after your gums have grown over the extraction site.

As far as speech issues, the most common complaint new denture wearers report is that their dentures click when they talk. Slowing down when you talk can help eliminate this problem. If the same words seem to trip you up, say or read them slowly in front of the mirror to practice.

Another thing you might not know is that bottom dentures tend to be more problematic and hard to get used to than upper dentures. This is because the bottom denture does not have the suction that upper dentures do and move around more.

You might also experience an influx of saliva initially. This is because your dentures might be perceived as food by your body and think it needs to create more saliva to digest them. Your mouth will adapt and regulate, but in the meantime you can suck on a lozenge or sugarless candy to manage the extra saliva.

PHASE 2: DAY 15-30

This phase is all about establishing good habits. This includes twice daily washing and brushing of dentures and taking them out each night to rest your mouth. Brushing your gums is crucial because it stimulates the circulation and helps fight against jaw bone recession.

This is the best time to start using a denture adhesive if you need it. Be sure to pick one that is approved by the American Dental Association and to follow the directions for applications.

When it comes to cleaning your dentures, there are many options. You can go natural and use lemon juice, vinegar or baking soda to keep your dentures clean and bacteria free. You can also purchase a denture cleansing solution. There are many to choose from! One of the biggest reasons you need to cleanse and soak your dentures each night is to keep them moist which helps them retain their shape.

Now that you know what you should be doing to take care of your dentures, here is one thing you don’t want to do : whiten your dentures. Whitening products are made for natural tooth material and will not have the same effects on the synthetic material dentures are made from. They can potentially discolor your teeth and bleach the pink portion of your dentures which is not what you want.

PHASE 3: DAY 30 AND BEYOND

This phase is your new normal. It is all about enjoying your new smile and keeping your dentures in pristine condition for as long as possible. After all, dentures aren’t cheap! DocShop estimates that mid-range dentures can cost between $1,000 to $3,000, with high-end dentures going for as much as $8,000.

In this final phase, you can start enjoying foods that you might have cut out immediately after dentures. Meats like ground turkey, ground beef and pulled pork and turkey are great. When it comes to steak or beef jerky will need to be cut into very small pieces to be enjoyed. And sauteed or slow cooked meats and vegetables will always be easier to eat that something raw and crisp.

Another tip is to opt for seedless fruits when you have a choice, like seedless grapes for example. You will have the same juicy flavor without having to worry about seeds finding their way into the crevices of your dentures.

After 30 days, if you’re feeling any pain or discomfort, come back and see us for an adjustment. Pain or discomfort that lingers that long after receiving the dentures can no longer be blamed on getting used to your dentures but we can take a look and see if there is a problem to be fixed. A little denture slippage or a clicking noise isn’t anything to worry about in the beginning — but after 30 days those problems should be resolved. Ignoring these issues can leave you with sore spots that become infected or swollen if not taken care of.

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