Dentures are artificial teeth made from durable plastic resin and sometimes porcelain. Dentures effectively replace missing teeth and restore their function and aesthetics. Once your dentures are placed, there are certain post-op protocols you will need to follow.
Post-Op Protocols for Your Denture Placement:
What should I expect after my denture placement?
After your dentures are placed, you will undergo an adjustment period. During this adjustment period, you will likely experience mild discomfort, sore spots, and problems with speech. As your mouth becomes accustomed to your dentures, the mild discomfort and sore spots should fade. You may also need to have a few adjustments made to your dentures to help them fit more comfortably and to adjust your bite. The problems with your speech will also improve once your mouth adjusts to the dentures. To help with this, try reading out loud every day.
How do I take care of my dentures?
You should wear your dentures during the day and remove them at night to allow your gums to rest. At night, you should store your dentures in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution. When you remove your dentures, be sure to brush the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue to remove any food particles and keep your mouth clean. You will also want to brush your dentures before placing them back in your mouth. You can also clean your dentures by soaking them in a denture cleaning solution once a week.
Over time, your jawbones and gums may change their shape. This can cause trauma to the gums and bone, as well as causing your dentures to feel loose. To ensure that your dentures still fit correctly, you will need to visit your dentist at least once a year to have them checked and adjusted as needed.