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Healing With Your New Prosthesis
Woman smiling while prosthodontist talks at Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS Wearing an interim denture/partial is a unique experience and will take a period of adjustment. We will do our best to help you through the process, offer suggestions, and provide care to help you with this transition.

Healing


•  During the next 4-6 months, as you heal, your gums tissue and underlying bone will continue to change. We will provide multiple adjustments during this period to accommodate the changes that occur following tooth removal.
•  Adjustments should be scheduled following surgery at 1week, 2-3 weeks, 1-2 months, and 3-4 months. The actual sequence and number of appointments you will need depends on your individual response to surgery and healing time. Adjustment appointments range in length typically 30-60 minutes each.
•  Follow the recommended care instructions for your prosthesis during this healing period.
•  After a period of 3-4 months, we will re-evaluate healing to determine when we can proceed with your definitive prosthesis.

Function and Aesthetics


•  New dentures may feel awkward until you become accustomed to them and may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue adapt.
•  Your bite (occlusion) may feel very different and even ‘not right’ during the first few weeks. We will make adjustments as your mouth becomes more accustomed to the new teeth.
•  If you feel your prosthesis is loose, and need to use adhesive, please discuss with us first. A minor adjustment may be all that is needed to improve retention and security. If we do recommend adhesive, we will provide instructions on proper use for your individual situation.
•  Eating will feel different and will take practice. Start with soft foods and chew slowly. Take small bites and try to position food on both sides of your mouth at the same time. Be patient as this takes practice.
•  Your speech may be different at first however, you should adapt very quickly. The more you practice speaking, the faster you will adapt.
•  If you have any concerns about the aesthetics of your new teeth, please discuss with us at your adjustment appointment. Most concerns are easily resolved.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-890-8218 today.
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