How Long Should I Wear My Dentures?

Not all of us are lucky enough to keep our natural teeth throughout our lives and dentures are a great and affordable way to restore your smile. But, as great dentures can be, they also require quite the adjustment. 

If you are having trouble getting used to your dentures you may be wondering now:

"How long should I wear them?" 

Here's the answer to this question along with some tips that will make wearing your dentures more comfortable. 

Getting Used to Wearing Dentures

Firstly, it's important to understand that getting accustomed to your dentures will not happen overnight. This is a process that requires time, patience, and practice. You'll need to adjust to the way they feel in your mouth, the way they look, and the way they function. That's why it's crucial to wear them as often as possible, especially in the beginning, to get used to them.

How Long Should You Wear Them Every Day? 

First, try to wear your dentures for as long as you can tolerate them. Make sure not to wear them for more than 24 hours straight as this can cause discomfort and irritation to your gums.

As you get used to wearing your dentures, you can gradually increase the time. It's best to start with short periods, such as 30 minutes to an hour, and then gradually increase the time until you can wear them comfortably for several hours.

Should I Wear Them at Night Too? 

No, you should remove your dentures before going to bed. Sleeping with dentures in can irritate your gums and increase the risk of infection. Instead, you should soak them in a special cleaning solution overnight to keep them clean.

Make Sure to Take Breaks Throughout the Day

While it's important to wear your dentures for as long as possible, it's also crucial to take several breaks throughout the day. Your gums need a break from the pressure of the dentures, and taking them out for a short period can help reduce irritation and soreness.

When taking a break, make sure to clean your dentures thoroughly and soak them in a cleaning solution. This will help keep them free from bacteria.

Signs You Need to Remove Your Dentures

If you experience any discomfort, soreness, or irritation, it may be time to take a break and remove your dentures. It's also important to remove them if you feel they are loose or if they cause any pain.

Additionally, if you notice any redness or sores on your gums, it's essential to remove your dentures and seek advice from your dentist.

Are Dentures Right For You? 

If you have missing teeth and are looking for a restorative solution, dentures may be the right treatment. Bismarck dentist, Dr. Carlson, can help you determine the best way to restore your smile and confidence. So don't hesitate to get in touch with us and schedule your appointment by calling (701) 255-0586

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