Dentures are a type of dental prosthetic designed to restore the smiles of patients with badly damaged or missing teeth. They are removable and custom-made to suit each patient’s mouth.
Even so, getting used to dentures takes a bit of time. Many patients struggle with a strange sensation when they have their dentures on, especially when they eat or speak. But wearing your dentures correctly is the secret to getting used to them.
So, how many hours a day should you wear your dentures? Well, that depends. Keep reading to find out more.
Right when you get your new dentures, it’s important to give your gums enough time to adjust to the prosthetic. As a result, you should wear them for around 8 hours a day.
It’s generally recommended to take them out when you go to bed, but you also shouldn’t eat with your dentures in the beginning. Your gums might be a bit sore, and adding extra pressure during chewing will only make the discomfort worse.
With time, you should be able to wear your dentures when eating as well and only remove them at night, before bed.
Because they can cause discomfort, it’s very tempting to stop wearing your dentures. While yes, if you’re experiencing pain and have even developed sores, you can remove the dentures, not wearing them for too long can have consequences too.
The most common issue is that, at some point, your dentures will stop fitting. This means you’ll need to get a new pair. But long-term, it can also cause the bones and gums to shrink, changing your facial features.
With a bit of planning, you can get used to your new dentures. Here are some tips that can help:
Dentures can be an excellent choice to restore your smile. The best way to know for sure if they’re a good solution for you is to see Valparaiso dentist for a consultation.
Based on a thorough assessment of your oral health, he can lead you to the best treatment plan to restore both the look and function of your smile.
To get started, schedule a visit with Brad Wisowaty, DDS online.
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