Dentures are an artificial appliance and you will need time to adapt to them because wearing dentures is a learned process, not an instinct with which we are born.
Dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years and, just as with natural teeth, must be regularly serviced and maintained in order to achieve that lifespan.
The keyword to success with your new dentures is “PERSEVERANCE”. It is important to leave your new dentures in your mouth as long as you can for the first few days and not take them out for any reason other than if they are causing pain or soreness, or if they require cleaning. The first 48 hours are generally the most challenging and frequently determine your success with your new dentures.
It is reasonable to expect that suction may take time with your new dentures. Your upper denture needs to seat into the soft tissue at the back of the palate. This can take anywhere from 1 to 24 hours.
Without complete dentition, you may not be able to effectively masticate (eat) your food. Mastication, as opposed to biting and swallowing, involves mixing enough saliva with your food so that you adequately dilute your gastric juices, thereby reducing the risk of digestive problems.
Immediate dentures are dentures that are inserted immediately after your natural teeth are extracted. The denture acts like a bandage and keeps the wounds clean.
It is vitally important that you follow the post-operative instructions of your Dentist and Dental Prosthetist very carefully. Your follow up appointment is crucial to your well-being. Immediate Dentures should not be removed for the first 24 hours, or, as instructed by your Dentist. This will help to control the swelling and bleeding.
You must follow the oral hygiene instructions provided by your Dentist and Dental Prosthetist. This will usually include frequent gentle rinsing of the mouth with warm salty water. This helps control harmful bacteria thereby encouraging healing of the gums.