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How long does it take gums to heal before i can wear dentures? i had a full mouth extraction done last week, and would like to know how long before my gums heal enough that i can get dentures and use adhesive?

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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
Several : Several different aspects to this question. Sometimes dentures are made prior to the extractions so you can leave the office wearing them. This is called an immediate denture procedure. The advantage is that you have teeth right away, the disadvantage is you may require more postoperative adjustments to the dentures to make them fit properly. The second technique involves extracting the teeth and letting the gums heal for about 4 weeks before beginning the process to make the dentures. This takes longer and you have to go without teeth for awhile but it gives a better fit. Well made dentures should not require the use of adhesives. As the jaw bone slowly reabsorbs over time you may find the need for a small amount of adhesive. If you require a lot of adhesive the denture fit is poor and they should be remade.
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Dr. Tony Chammas
Prosthodontics 26 years experience
You : You should be able to wear dentures immediately after the extractions were done. This is ideal for several reasons. After 7-10 days, the sutures usually are gone (or ready to be removed by your dentist), and the extraction sites have enough soft tissue closure to where the adhesive will not interfere with proper healing; at that point you may be able to use adhesive. Try to use as little adhesive as possible!
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Dr. Peter Certo
Dentistry 30 years experience
You : You can get dentures made at any time, but the longer you go without, the tougher your gums will get and the better the final fit will be. Depending on your health, the ideal time is 2-3 months. You should consult the dentist who is fabricating them. Together, the two of you can figure out when is best. Good luck!
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Dr. Arman Roksar
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 26 years experience
Immediate use: If you have an immediate dentures made, then you should start wearing them now. If you mouth is too sore, please see your dentist so he can adjust and possibly place a denture liner for you (ie. Tissue conditioner or soft reline). But in general it take 4 to 6 weeks for the gums to close fully from the extractions.
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Last updated Jul 30, 2021

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