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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Should You Take Immediate Dentures Out at Night?

by Jimmy Carter

Once you get used to wearing your new dentures, you can typically choose whether you wear them all the time or not. If you're having a set of immediate dentures put in straight after your teeth are extracted, your dentist may ask you to follow other instructions for the first day or so.

Your First Night With Immediate Dentures

Your dentist may ask you to keep your dentures in for the first day, or even two days, after they are fitted. Your gums may be sore after your extractions, and it may feel uncomfortable to keep the dentures in overnight when you're trying to get some sleep, but this advice has some benefits:

  • Immediate dentures are fitted as soon as your teeth are extracted. Keeping them in overnight may well help the blood clotting process. If you remove the dentures too early, your gums may start to bleed again, and you may knock the blood clots forming in your mouth as part of the healing process.
  • If you take out your dentures for a few hours while you sleep, your gums may swell a little, making it harder for you to get the dentures back in correctly in the morning.
  • It's typically easier to get your mouth used to wearing dentures if you bite the bullet and wear them all the time to start with.

Wearing Dentures Overnight After the First Few Days

After this first day or so, your dentist may recommend that you take your dentures out at night. Some people do prefer to wear them all the time and, while this is possible, it may be better to follow your dentist's advice and take them out overnight at least until your gums heal completely.

According to the Better Health Channel, taking your dentures out at night helps avoid infections. It may also simply give your mouth a break and allow it to refresh itself. Not wearing your dentures overnight allows the blood to circulate naturally in your mouth, helping rejuvenate tissues, which may have been compressed by your false teeth. It also means that saliva has a few hours to move around your mouth, helping keep it clean. You may find it especially useful to remove your dentures if you grind your teeth while you're sleeping. This habit may make your dentures rub against your gums, making them sore.

Tip: If you take your dentures out at night, remember to store them in water. If they dry out, they may lose their shape and become brittle.