The calendar below shows what to expect in your first 30 days with dentures.
Day 1—Your "adjusting to dentures" journey is just beginning; even for experienced denture wearers, new dentures can be a challenge. Don't worry; you're not alone! Some 36 million Americans have dentures too. Many first-time denture wearers say that eating soft foods that are gentle on your gums/teeth makes this new experience easier.
Day 2 to 14—Your mouth is adjusting to the new dentures; you will likely experience increased salivation. You might also experience sore spots in your mouth from the dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. If soreness persists, return to your dentist for an adjustment. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer.
Day 15 to 29—You are still learning to talk and eat all over again. You also are adjusting to the foreign-object feeling in your mouth. The saliva flow and sore spots have lessened. This is the best time to start using a denture adhesive to improve the fit and feel of your dentures. Be careful not to use too much, and follow the usage instructions! The more you wear your dentures, the more quickly you will adjust.
Day 30—You've made it one month with dentures! Reward yourself with your favorite food! Remember to visit your prosthodontist on a regular basis to have your dentures checked. A denture replacement is usually recommended in five to 10 years.
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