What are Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures are a type of denture that is placed within your mouth right after teeth have been extracted. Because of the lose of structure when teeth are lost, your mouth changes quickly for a month. As you heal your gums will shrink. These changes can continue for several months. It's important that during this time you keep your denturists office appointments so your denturist can make adjustments to the denture. Below are tips to help you adjust to or care for your denture.
Lower dentures don't feel as tight as upper dentures. This is partly due to the lower denture not having the suction to keep it in place like the upper one does. What keeps the lower denture in place is the muscles of the lips, tongue, and cheeks. Because of this it can take four to five times longer to master a lower denture.
Adjusting to your dentures will take time and patience. For some patients, many visits are required for adjustments.
Changes in your body weight can adjust the fit of your denture.
After Surgery Suggestions
Keep your head elevated and take your medication. Rest as your body heals. During the first four hours after surgery apply gentle biting pressure. Use cold packs to help reduce swelling.
Be careful with hot or spicy foods. The plastic part of the denture may not allow you to feel heat in certain areas of your mouth. Eat soft, healthy foods. These foods include yoghurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, and cooked rice.
Leave the denture in place for the first 24 hours. The denture acts like a bandage, helping to control bleeding and swelling.
Your denturist will remove your dentures and make adjustments as needed. You will be shown how to remove and clean your dentures.
Remove your denture three to four times a day and gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (½ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water). Lightly brush your denture at the same time, and then place in your mouth.
Getting Used to Your Denture
Comfort and Irritation
For the first several weeks your new denture will feel uncomfortable. It may feel loose due to increased saliva and the muscles in your mouth being unfamiliar with holding it in place. Irritation and soreness might occur. Biting your cheeks or tongue can also happen while you learn to use your new denture.
Eating with your Immediate Dentures
It will take practice and patient to eat with dentures. Start off with softer foods cut into small portions. When chewing go slowly and use both sides of your mouth at once to prevent the denture from moving out of place. Avoid biting with the front of your teeth as this causes your denture to tip forward and come loose. As you learn to use your dentures add other types of food until you're back to your normal diet.
Speaking and Immediate Dentures
Like eating, speaking with your new dentures will take time and practice. With difficult words speak them aloud in front of the mirror. Muffling or blurred speech will happen. Speak slowly to help avoid those problems until you're used to your dentures. Lisping or whistling your "s" may also happen. If your denture slips out of place due to laughing, coughing, or smiling, you can put it back in place by gently biting down and swallowing.
Although your denture is custom fit to your gums and mouth, your denturist may suggest using an adhesive while you adjust to wearing it. This is only a temporary fix.