Closing of Mouth After Dentures

It's been one week since all my teeth were pulled and I was fitted with dentures. When will I be able to close my mouth properly?

By Jana


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August 12, 20130 found this helpful
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When they pulled all my teeth and gave me my dentures the same day it was about 2 weeks before I could keep them in for any length of time. Wear them as long as you can then take them out for a bit, then put them back in for a bit. You have to remember you just had teeth pulled so your gums will be swollen for awhile. But the more you can wear them the faster you will heal. I know that sounds strange but it's true, and before you know it you will have no problems. Also in between times make sure you soak them to lessen the chance of infection. Hope this helps!

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August 15, 20130 found this helpful
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I agree with RedHatter and Chef - you really should speak with your dentist if you are having trouble closing your mouth a week after having the teeth out and the dentures in.


While your mouth is likely still a bit swollen from the removal, the immediate insertion of the new plate(s) should have helped keep the swelling to a minimum and the fit should be tight enough to close your mouth comfortably over the plate(s). The dentist will have checked this when he/she fitted the new plate(s).

However - you don't define 'close my mouth properly' and I am wondering if you are experiencing what I did when I was getting used to having something artificial in my mouth.

I felt the same way about my upper plate - I just didn't feel I could naturally close my mouth after being fitted (same day as the removal), I felt I could if I 'forced' myself but I felt I really had to think about it to get the lips to close and the jaw to come together comfortably.


It's hard to explain the feeling but basically because these weren't my 'born-with' front five teeth (I lost mine to an impact injury) the plate felt huge and differently shaped than the originals; dang thing just felt wrong!

And that feeling made it really hard to believe my mouth was closing properly.

My dentist warned me this might happen and how to cope with it. So I went back and looked at pics of me from before. Doing that reassured me the new teeth were really exactly like the 'born-with' originals. Many of the before pics were profile, non-smiling and smiling, candid from several angle pics so I had a good selection of befores - I used a hand mirror and the bathroom mirror to check the after appearance was the same as before.


My dentist was right that it was mostly psychological in other words, stimulated by the weird sensation of something 'foreign' in my mouth. To be honest it took me about six months to really get myself comfortable with having this upper plate.

If what I've related doesn't apply to what you're going through, you really need to contact your dentist to be re-seen. Please update to let us know how it works out!

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

Talk to your dentist. When I got my dentures I could close my mouth properly right away. I didn't get my dentures right after the teeth were pulled. I think it was maybe six weeks.

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August 14, 20130 found this helpful

Why would you not just ask your dentist about this. When it comes to your health or anything medical, don't leave it to amateurs on a web site; call a pro.

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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

Hi i just got my entire teeth pulled today and its hurts i was drinking water and i gag on it when will the pain and bleeding stop i know its only its only day 1 but i am thinking it is worth going thur all of this pain

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August 16, 20190 found this helpful

I had my teeth out first no immediate dentures. I decided to get dentures made 3 months after. It took another 3 months to get them made due to me having a small mouth, they even had to make a custom impression tray. I finally received the dentures I liked them they look great but getting use to them has been another experience. About 2 hours of having them in I thought do I want to toss them in trash or just use them cosmetically. The fit was decent it was speaking and limited space to eat. I persevered and kept going and ten days on Im getting to the point taking them out feels weird. In fact my speech improved and Im getting use to eating.


I did use fixodent to hold them in but after my adjustment 3 days ago they are fitting better and I have gone three days without adhesive. You just have to get use to it. Any pain right after surgery is normal thats why I didnt do immediate I wanted to heal well and my gums were tougher. Yes they got a little sore again but thats easing off also. I will say this to end it takes time but if pain isnt improving then see the dentist. It took me 9 visits just to have them made. They will become second nature. Im at the point now my speech is worse with out then so in less than 2 weeks Im adjusting

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