Can You Sleep with Dentures?

Nov 19, 2022 | Digital Dentures

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There aren’t any dental police to arrest you if you do sleep with full dentures. However, most of the time, it’s a bad idea. Keep reading to find out why…

upper and lower dentures

Can you sleep with dentures?

You can. However, you probably won’t like the sore spots it causes. Why would it cause sore spots if you sleep with dentures? Wearing your dentures at night leads to yeast infections. Your gums need air and a break from the denture to stay healthy and happy. The gum tissue under your denture provides a warm, moist environment that yeast love. Taking out your dentures overnight stops yeast growth, while leaving it in encourages the yeast. To avoid painful yeast sore spots, take your dentures out at night and clean them well. Cleaning can be with denture cleaning solution or just brushing with regular toothpaste and water. Leaving your teeth in while your sleep is bad for your oral health.

This Habit Prolongs The Life of Your Dentures

Another reason to remove your dentures at night is that it prolongs the life of your dentures. It gives the denture a break from the pressures of your jaws and from clenching and grinding. The break from saliva helps slow build up on the denture and keeps it looking and feeling newer longer.

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We Say Never…With ONE Exception.

There is one exception to the rule of “never sleep with your denture in.” Right after your extractions, in the first day or two that you have your healing denture, your dentist will give you instructions to wear your full denture continually day and night for the first day or two. Follow your dentist’s post op oral hygiene instructions. Wearing your denture at night during the first 24-48 hours after extractions helps keep swelling down and stop the bleeding. If you just got your dentures today and ask can you sleep with dentures, we will say “Yes!” Ask us next week or next year and we’ll say no. For new denture wearers only, sleeping with your dentures provides a special help for the beginning of your healing only.

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