It's important for you to see your dentist at least once a year, even when you're wearing dentures. This is because we will be able to tell when your dentures aren't fitting properly, and you need to have your dentures remade.
Typically, this will happen 5 – 10 years after you've initially received them. However, it's possible that you've masked your loose-fitting dentures simply by using some dental adhesive for a while. In the meantime, you should make sure that you're not over-wearing your dentures on a daily basis.
When You First Get New Dentures
Make sure you leave your dentures in place for 24 – 48 hours when you first get them so your gums can heal better and your denture adheres to the shape of your mouth, making it more stable. After this you'll want to wear your dentures at all times throughout the first week, except when you're sleeping or if you're maintaining it.
Doing so will give you practice with eating, talking, and simply wearing your new denture. While you may feel a bit of irritation doing these things in the beginning, the more you wear your dentures, the better your mouth will be able to adapt.
After the first week of wearing your new dentures your mouth should start adapting to them. You'll be able to give your mouth and gums some rest each night, but you may still want to eat soft food until your mouth is really comfortable. Always make sure you properly maintain your dentures and take them out, leaving them in some water overnight.
When you feel as though your dentures aren't fitting properly or they're rubbing against your gums, you'll want to make an appointment to visit our office. Simply give us a call so we can help you comfortably maintain your dentures and answer any questions you may have about doing so.