What Happens If You Wear Your Dentures All the Time

Jun 15, 2024 | Blog, Dentures

I know how hard it is to lose teeth and then go through the entire process of getting new ones, but it is all worth it. Regardless of the cause of getting dentures, it feels good to eat the foods you were unable to eat before, speak properly, and, most importantly, smile confidently. But can you wear them in your sleep? Read this blog to learn what happens if you wear your dentures all the time.

How Long Should You Wear your Dentures?

Dentures put pressure on your gums and press on the different bony ridges beneath them. This may lead to reabsorption, which may cause your jaw’s volume and density of bone to gradually decline. Wearing your dentures all the time might shorten their lifespan and lead to a number of health problems, such as rapid bone loss.

It is advised to take your denture out while you sleep in order to give your mouth a break and avoid problems with oral hygiene.

Dangers of Wearing Dentures All the Time?

There are many dangers of wearing your dentures 24/7, including:

  • Pneumonia
    According to studies, wearing your dentures at night significantly increases your risk of developing pneumonia. Why? Because if you leave your dentures in all day, you are giving germs the perfect environment to grow and eventually enter your lungs and cause pneumonia.
    Dentures make it harder to swallow saliva, which increases the risk of forcing moisture into your lungs and potentially causing pneumonia and other chest infections.
  • Gum Inflammation
    Being among the most delicate tissues in your mouth, your gums are frequently in need of rest and are prone to discomfort from things like dentures. You need break from your dentures because wearing them all the time can make your gums irritated and painful.
  • Plaque Buildup
    Plaque is the sticky substance that develops in your mouth when bacteria pile up on the surface of your dentures. Dentures lessen saliva flow on your natural teeth while you sleep, which encourages plaque to accumulate and infect your gums.
  • Respiratory Issues
    Wearing dentures 24/7 can increase the risk of retaining bacteria that get into your throat at night. You become more vulnerable to respiratory infections, pneumonia, and colds. Serious health issues may result from this, particularly in those with weak immune systems or long-term respiratory disorders.
  • Stomatitis
    An infected palate because of excessive exposure to oral bacteria causes denture-related stomatitis. The oral bacteria cause the roof of the mouth to become red and inflammatory; this disease is highly noticeable when it contracts.

Final Say!

So, what happens if you wear your dentures all the time? Wearing dentures around the clock increases the risk of many health issues. It is recommended that you remove your dentures before you go to sleep to avoid the above-mentioned dangers of wearing dentures 24/7.

If you wear dentures and have queries regarding them, you can consult our expert dentists at Champions Dental. Ring us at (281) 866-0442 for whatever issues you may have and let us deal with them.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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