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How Many Hours a Day Can You Wear Dentures? 

May 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dsprings @ 5:18 pm
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Dentures have a long history, dating back to ancient civilizations, and they remain a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. They restore functionality and aesthetics, giving individuals the confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably. If you are new to wearing dentures, you may be wondering how long you can wear them without running into any issues. Continue reading as we delve into the considerations regarding denture wear time and uncover why wearing them 24/7 may not be the optimal choice.

Is it OK to Wear Dentures 24/7?

To ensure proper adjustment and prevent the development of sore spots, it is advised to wear dentures for a minimum of eight hours per day. While dentures provide aesthetic improvements and boost confidence, continuous wearing without breaks can lead to several consequences. These include:

  • Unhealthy tissue – Continuously wearing dentures can create an environment where moisture and food debris become trapped, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to oral health issues like gum disease, bad breath, and other related concerns.
  • Denture stomatitis – Denture stomatitis is inflammation and irritation of the mouth’s soft tissues covered by dentures. It can result from factors like poor denture hygiene, ill-fitting dentures, and bacterial infections. Symptoms include soreness, redness, swelling, and a burning sensation, causing discomfort during denture wear. In severe cases, denture stomatitis can contribute to gum disease and even tooth loss.
  • Respiratory issues – Sleeping with dentures raises the risk of respiratory infections such as colds and bronchitis, and it can even double the likelihood of developing potentially life-threatening pneumonia. To maintain respiratory health and minimize these risks, it is crucial to remove dentures before sleep.
  • Accelerated bone loss – Dentures exert pressure on the underlying bony ridges and gums, which can accelerate bone loss in those areas. This underscores the significance of regular check-ups and adjustments to ensure proper denture fit, thereby minimizing the risk of accelerated bone loss.

An Exception to the Rule

During the initial few nights following tooth extraction, it is acceptable to wear dentures both day and night. However, after 72 hours, it is crucial to establish a denture hygiene routine that involves removing them during sleep. Wearing dentures continuously during the initial days after extractions helps with:

  • Bleeding control – The pressure applied by your restorations can help control bleeding, promote the formation of blood clots, and assist in the healing process.
  • Swelling – To facilitate ease of reinsertion, it is recommended to keep your dentures in place for a few days after an extraction. This helps overcome potential challenges caused by swelling, ensuring a smoother transition.
  • Bone conformity – Wearing dentures continuously for a few days following a tooth extraction helps the bone adapt and conform to the shape of the dentures. This promotes a better fit and enhances long-term comfort.

Understanding the importance of denture wear time is essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing potential complications. By following recommended guidelines and giving your mouth adequate rest from denture wear, you can reduce the risk of various dental issues.

About the Practice

Desert Springs Dental is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care for individuals with missing teeth who seek to fill in the gaps. Under the leadership of Dr. Shandy Condie, their team is committed to delivering top-notch dental services. With a welcoming office atmosphere and a genuine passion for excellent oral health, they ensure an outstanding patient experience. For more information on dentures or to schedule an appointment, visit Desert Springs Dental’s website or call their office at (480) 279-3100 for more information on dentures or to make an appointment.

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