When a patient is first fitted with a new set of dentures, a certain adjustment period is to be expected. Patients who are prepared for that transition will likely fare better with the experience.
Your gums and jaw will need some time to become adjusted to new dentures, including partial dentures, and the appliances may feel somewhat uncomfortable as a result. This symptom often can be managed with an over-the-counter painkiller, like Tylenol. However, if you experience severe pain or ongoing discomfort lasting more than a few weeks, be sure to follow up with your provider to see if an adjustment to the appliance is necessary.
Some patients will choose implant-supported dentures over conventional appliances, and when an oral surgeon provides implant-supported dentures or partial dentures, the process does work a little differently. The dental implants are placed in a surgical procedure, which requires a certain healing period in itself. Additionally, the bone must have adequate time to form the bond with the implant, which is what makes this treatment so durable.
Patients can be fitted with a temporary appliance so that they don’t have to go around toothless while osseointegration proceeds. When that process is complete, the patient can be fitted with a stronger, permanent appliance. Patients may need to adjust their routines slightly while wearing the temporary appliance by doing such things as eating a softer diet. Your oral surgeon will give you more specific instructions for care of your temporary appliance.
Implant-supported dentures do hold a few advantages over conventional appliances. They tend to be stronger and last longer, as the physical connection between the implant and the jaw helps the appliance to tolerate stronger chewing forces while simultaneously preserving the integrity of the jawbone.
Your practitioner can give you an idea of what to expect in the first few weeks after you get your new dentures. If you have any concerns, you can call our team at EverSmile at any time.