Hi everybody! I had all of my teeth extracted today and got immediate dentures. So far so good! However, I'm getting ready to go to bed and realized that I forgot to tell my dentist that I grind my teeth and/or clench my jaw at night. Does anyone have any recommendations for not rubbing my gums raw in the middle of the night and possibly causing harm to the fresh extractions? Thank you!
I've been a clencher/grinder for most of my life. Once your gums/jaw heals, you should find there isn't enough room to do so. For me, it isn't a problem anymore at night when they are out. I still do it during the day as it is an anxious habit, essentially subconscious. My dentures are heat-cured, and as strong as I could get, so it doesn't impact them any, but it does make my gums a bit sore on stressful days. On those days, I'm just glad to get my dentures out for the day and give my mouth a rest!