What the First Month Is Like with New Dentures
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
What the First Month Is Like with New DenturesYou just had your dentures put in and your mouth feels weird. You're not alone. Millions of denture wearers feel a strange new sensation in the mouth and on the gums. As you may notice, wearing dentures for the first time are like baby steps; one day at a time. The first few hours post-op, you may experience pain and discomfort from the surgery. In such a case, take note to take the any prescribed medication to manage pain and to use ice packs as needed.


Your speech will sound odd for a while. This is because your mouth is getting used to having new things inside it. This is to be expected. Ideally, however, your speech should get back to normal by day 10. You will get used to the way you have to move your mouth and become comfortable with it.


As with all things dentures, one bite at a time is all it takes. Do not push the healing process too far by expecting the adjustment to take place overnight. The first few days take only soft mashed foods and plenty of fluids. As the discomfort subsides, you can move to harder foods, but not too hard. Eventually, you will be able to eat normally again.
How to Care for New Dentures
When well taken care of, dentures can last up to 5 years. Always wash your dentures with a cleaning solution before and after wearing them. Avoid using typical toothpastes because they can actually damage the dentures. Instead, use the cleaning solution given or recommended by our dentist.
Clean and rinse out your mouth before and after wearing dentures. Do not sleep with dentures overnight. Your gums underneath need their rest as well. After a while, you will get used to the new life as a denture-wearer. If you have any questions or concerns, do not be afraid to reach out to us for help.
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