Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

Sleeping in Dentures—What’s the Harm?

Posted in Dentures

Wearing your denture overnight on occasion might not seem that harmful, especially if it’s just once in a while. But there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t let it become a habit.

Your Jaw Needs a Break from Your Denture

Dentures have a major downside: they put pressure on your jawbone and make it wear away over time. The less you wear your denture, the slower this process will happen.

Your Gums Need a Break from Your Denture

Dentures trap food debris and bacteria against your gums. If you don’t remove your denture for a day or more at a time, all the gunk trapped against your gums can make them irritated and swollen. Let your gums “breathe” by removing your denture at night.

Wearing a Denture Overnight Causes Bad Breath and Infections

Your mouth produces very little saliva when you sleep. The drier environment provides the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to flourish. If you often wear your denture at night, then you’ll be at higher risk for smelly and uncomfortable infections.

Your Denture Could Dry Out at Night

Less saliva in your mouth means less moisture to keep your denture acrylic supple. Your denture may dry out and become uncomfortably tight if you tend to breathe through your mouth when you sleep.

So if you do need to wear your denture all night long on one or two special occasions, you should be fine. Just make time in the morning after you wake up to give your denture a thorough cleaning. Don’t let this become a habit, however!

Ask your denture dentist for more tips on keeping your denture clean, functional, and comfortable.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Nov
24

How Long Will it Take for Me to Get Used to a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Getting your first denture is definitely a challenging transition. It’s not easy to get used to what feels like a bulky appliance at first.

What can you expect with your first denture? What can help you adapt?

Be Patient!

Not everyone has the same experience when it comes to wearing dentures for the first time. But a lot of patients report that they felt pretty used to their dentures within a few days after receiving them.

The important thing is that you don’t get frustrated if you feel that it’s taking you longer than the “average” time frame to adjust!

The First Few Days

You may feel like you’re drooling a lot with a denture. This is because your mouth has to accept the fact that it will be housing an object that’s not food. The denture may feel quite bulky, at first. Today’s dentures are carefully fitted to match every curve in your mouth with as little bulk as possible, but even that will take a little getting used to.

Tricks for Adjusting to Life with a Denture

To make your transition as smooth as possible, try the following tips:

  • Practice eating and talking at home for a few days before taking your denture public
  • Wear a denture adhesive to give yourself peace of mind until you have confidence in your denture
  • Cut food into smaller-than-usual sized pieces to make them more manageable

You will get the hang of using a denture sooner than you realize. Your dental team is ready to answer your questions, provide you with suggestions, and cheer you on! Contact them with any denture concerns you may have.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

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