When can I sleep without my dentures?

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I had my teeth (25 in total) extracted last Wednesday, April 22nd. Got my immediate dentures that day and I've followed all the after care instructions. I was awake for the entire thing with nothing but Novocaine so that entire day is a bit of a blur.I can't remember when they said I could leave them out longer than 10-15 minutes. As of now I only take them out long enough to clean and rinse my mouth and I put them back in. My mouth is finally feeling better and I think my gums could use a rest. I don't think I'm quite ready as my tongue goes crazy exploring everything once they're out and I'm still sore in spots. Plus I still have some stitches. But just wondering when I can maybe think of sleeping without them. Also, any tips for the excess salivation? It's my biggest frustration so far (other than not being able to eat much but at least I'm losing weight from that one lol). I feel like a drooling baby when I take them out. :/
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I had my teeth pulled 4/23 and immediate dentures put in. I was told 48 hours in and then take them out at night when I sleep.  You should take them out ur gums need a rest
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I would not recommend sleeping without them for the first few weeks. Have good hygiene but leave them in as much as possible to reduce pain. I am on day 5 of full upper and I have only taken them out to clean and rinse and those few minutes are enough pain for me
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When did you take yours out after surgery I got mine done Friday and I'm scared to remove them
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I wore my all the time, other than for cleaning, for the first two weeks after being fitted with them.  It was a way to get used to them in my mouth as well as protecting my gums as they healed.  After that I took them out to sleep.
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I took mine out right away I never sleep with them in.I am foue five months out.
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Did they fit back in as they should after sleeping without theme in over night ?
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This is different for everyone. A lot depends on the healing process of your gums. They are going to change shape constantly over the next several months (6-12 depending on your age and extent of extractions). The bone is going to be moving around and settling. Your gums will be shrinking and building formation the bone.

The denture will provide some foundation for the gums to shape to so, the longer/more you have the denture in, the better your gums will form to them resulting in a somewhat better fit in the long run. The denture is a solid form - your gums are soft tissue that will change daily. If they are left out for extensive periods of time during the initial healing process there is the probability your denture will not fit as well (and sometimes at all) when you reinsert your denture d/t the gums changing shape from the denture mold.

I got my immediate full top denture 02.02.15 and I left them in constantly for the first 48 hrs and rinsed with very warm salt water up to 10 times a day. Then I started taking them out to clean them and to brush my remaining lower natural teeth daily for about 15 minutes at a time. After about 3-4 weeks, I started leaving them out between 2 to 8 hours while I was awake and wore them overnight. At 3 months out, I still wear my top denture all night for the simple reason I still have 10 natural teeth on the bottom ( 5 on each side in the back) and they tend to hit my upper gums when I sleep at night  which can be pretty uncomfortable.

I would suggest leaving them out for a night and see how they go back in in the morning. If you feel they are fitting back in without any problems, you are pretty much able to leave them out overnight on a regular basis.  If your gums have swollen or changed shape when having them out all night and you are having trouble getting them to go back in with some difficulty, I would continue sleeping  with them in at night for a few more weeks until your gums have healed and 'tuffened up' a bit more.

Now, when I am at home, I sometimes leave mine out all day and put them back in at night so I can sleep comfortably without having my bottom teeth poking into my gums at night.

As far as the excessive salivation, you will have to deal with that for a few weeks. The denture is a 'foreign body' in your mouth so you are excreting extra saliva in the hopes of breaking down the foreign body and getting rid of it. Once your body adapts to having the denture there the saliva production will decrease. It's just your body's natural defense mechanism against something that 'shouldn't be there'.

Rinse frequently with very warm salt water. This will expedite the healing process, soothe any sore spots, and aid in keeping your mouth clean (especially after eating!).

As I said, I have had my upper plate (and a lower partial) since 02.02.15. At three months, I feel like I have had them a lot longer! I have developed somewhat of a routine but it's not set in stone. I work, but my schedule is chaotic; therefore, I can't really follow a daily routine.

I sleep with my denture in. In the morning, I get up and start the coffee brewing. Then I remove my dentures and put them in to soak, and rinse my mouth. Breakfast usually consists of coffee and something soft that I can chew without my dentures (eggs, buttered or jelly toast, cereal, donut, yogurt). Then I go in and rinse my denture and partial and dry them, apply Fixodent with Scope (three small dots on my partial, and one continuous line around the upper denture following the groove and taking it across the back of the palate about 1/4 inch in. Instead of applying the little strip across the 'hump', I apply a small circle of adhesive about the size of a dime. I found that this helps form a better suction to the roof of my mouth. Then, I brush my bottom natural teeth, gums, tongue, and roof of mouth and rinse with warm water. This give the adhesive a minute or two to set up a bit before I insert my dentures and it seems to adhere a bit better for me. I also apply pressure to the upper denture by pressing it to my upper palate with the pad of my thumb for about 30 seconds, them pressing up on the sides of the teeth for another 30 seconds to secure them in place.

My dentures stay secured up to 24 hrs using this technique. I do rinse my mouth frequently throughout the day with cool water (cool water doesn't thin the adhesive as warm or hot water would). and I will lightly brush them with a soft bristled brush (I purchased a small child's brush for this because they are less abrasive than an adult's toothbrush) after I eat to remove any residual.

I also refrain from using mouthwash; especially if it contains alcohol. Alcohol based mouthwash tends to break down the adhesive resulting in a loose fit early in the day. Alcohol based mouthwash has also been linked with oral cancer. It dries out the tissues in your mouth which can result in bad breath! When I rinse my mouth, I use plain water, very warm salt water, or I will add a pinch of baking soda to the salt water. If you are cleansing your dentures and mouth on a regular basis, there really is no need for the over-the-counter mouthwash!

When I get home from work, I will eat dinner, then remove and soak my denture for a few hours in plain water for the evening and brush my teeth and cleanse my mouth, then reinsert them before going to bed.

This 'routine' varies depending upon my schedule but it works well for me. As time goes by, you will develop your own routine. Right now, it will be trial and error for you.

As questions come up (no matter how trivial they might seem) write them down and on your next visit to the dentist pose your questions to him/her. If their answer is unclear, don't be timid! Ask them to repeat the answer or elaborate until you understand and feel comfortable. Take notes! You might not remember everything they tell you by the time you get home.

I hope this has sufficed in answering your question(s). Be patient! Adapting to dentures is not an overnight venture; it is a long term journey.

Keep smiling!


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Hey Lisa, when are you going for post-op appt?
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Thank you Fylis,

This has been the most helpful post I have seen yet. I feel that I need to keep them in at night so they can mold my gums. I only had 9 teeth in my upper mouth and just had them pulled out and denture put in. So my gums can use the time to get molded to the denture. I received a bone graft that got infected so now I am on antibiotics to help. My biggest issue is that it feels like sometimes I am going to gag on the roof of the denture toward the bag. Talking is still a little hard and today was my first day back at work and I work as a customer service rep which I am on the phone off and on all day.. A little challenging but I made it through. Thank you for posting your experience it has helped a lot. 
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Hi. I have had one small tooth extracted today. The tooth next to the front tooth. I’ve got a denture plate with three teeth on in total. As I have one gap on the left and two gaps at the right side front of my mouth. The denture was placed straight in my mouth after the tooth was taken out. Little did I know my dentist told me to sleep overnight with the denture in. Petrified isnt the word. A client of mine wore his dentures at night and he swiolled one part of them and they lodged in his throat further down. He choked to death. I’m so so afraid of sleeping in them and all I can think of is don’t got to sleep all night. The tooth came out all in one piece and didn’t bleed that much at all. Tooth was extracted at 4pm uk time today and I usually go to sleep around 11pm uk time. Wondering if I should take plate out overnight or just hope all’s ok next day . Any input please would be appreciated. It’s 8.15pm uk time .
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Hi Michaela,

I don't know what your plate looks like exactly, but from the sound of it, wouldn't it be a bit too big to swallow?  It has 2 teeth on one side of the mouth, and 1 tooth on the other side.  Is there a part that covers your palate? 

If you just had a little flipper that was easy to go down the throat, I could definitely understand and share in your concern.  But if it's bigger than 2 inches wide, and if you're swelling up around it a bit, I'm going to guess that there is little danger of it coming off and making its way into your airways.

Praying for you!
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Thank you fyllis for this amazing post. I have had my upper dentures for nearly 6 years and still had my real bottom teeth so I did the same thing with sleeping with my top. I now have a lower denture as well and have had it about a year now. I have been to scared to sleep without my dentures worrying if they would fit back in right. I constantly am cleaning my mouth but lately my gums are sore and I notice that my bottom gums are really soft. Just from your post I know that my gums need a rest and I think it would do them good to sleep without them overnight. It has always felt weird to sleep without them and my dentist said I could sleep with them if I wanted to so I always have but now I think it will be a good idea to give them a rest and they will probably feel better. Thank you again for the amazing helpful post!
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Thanks everyone! I left them out Tuesday night and I don't think my gums were ready. I was in pain from my extractions off and on all night and putting them back in the next morning literally brought me to tears. Yesterday was the same. Getting them in was a battle due to the pain. Today has been a lot better. I've taken them out and rinsed with warm salt water three times so far today and each time they've been easier to put back in. I have an appointment with my dentist Tuesday morning. He wants to see how my mouth is healing and I've requested a small adjustment as the top now seems to be pinching a little and it's uncomfortable at times. Still sticking with soft foods. This week has been nothing but mashed potatoes and gravy, pudding, soup and scrambled eggs. I'm afraid to try anything else. I've lost over 10 pounds in 8 days. Not that I'm complaining lol. I'm sure I'll put it all back on once I can actually eat again. I'm craving a Five Guys cheeseburger so bad!!!
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I also had staffers Mac and cheese pasta especially ziti because it's easier to use your back teeth to chew don't push on your front teeth that comes after 5 weeks with paste fixodent I also ate pasta and bean soup eggplant parm . Now I am eating everything just ate a pastrami Reuben last nite so just be patient that I believe is the hardest part besides learning how to chew again and talk right
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Having the exact same problem.
Although, I'm only 5 days out.
I followed instructions, only to find that the longer I leave them out the more they hurt putting back in.
I'm due for a visit in 3 weeks but don't know if I can make it as there are some spots that are causing pain only when I put them in.. I'm fine when they are in and seem to be adopting quite well eating and speaking. The only issue is the intense pain upon reinserting the full upper. The lower seems fine.
Fyllis, I will try your technique.
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I'm the exact same, I went back to the dentist today to find out my extraction holes are infected so been put on antibiotics for 7 days
, maybe this is why yours are so painful to put back in ? Angie
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How do you know if a sore spot should be seen by the dentist or if its just an annoyance to the person with the sore spot.  I got a full upper with immediate denture and the front teeth are the worst!  I have a spot that feels like blistered skin yet when I look in there, it really looks pretty good.  Sore yes, but not as bad as my mind would have me think.  I keep feeling like a person wearing shoes even after a bad blister with no socks!  Especially after sleeping or in between meals.  Maybe I should take them out more than five times a day?!  I don't know but I guess I'll be calling my dentist today as I literally took half a pain killer this morning and I hate that crap and haven't taken any for three days prior to this.  Oh, did I mention I am on day 5?  Thanks.
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Please cancel my involvement in this site as I am in process of getting hybrid implant instead of using dentures.
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What's a hybrid implant?
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10 days out from having all teeth removed (upper & lower) paid for a top temp. that only has 6 teeth and I am having the worse time ever! Was told to leave them in first 2-days and on my 3rd day back they took them out & checked my mouth, cleaned them, taught me how to do it, told me to take them out at night & soak them... Besides the pain of having all my teeth pulled I have 1-sore spot and felt like they were slipping so today I used the Fixodent plus OMG getting them out was pure torture & only mad that sore spot more aggravated.... no one told me to rinse a few times with warm/hotter water to loosen them up first!!! can we say -lesson learned- just someone please tell me this gets easier