Now that you have received your new dentures, what can you expect from them?
Your mouth is soft and ever changing, whereas your dentures are relatively hard and stable. Consequently, the dentures may need several adjustments, and you will need some time and experience with them before they are worn comfortably.
A denture is an artificial replacement for our teeth, and, like anything artificial in the body, it has limitations. Here are some suggestions to help you with the dentures and to keep your mouth healthy.
It will take some time before you can eat food as you did with your natural teeth, or even with other dentures.
When you do begin to eat with them, start with small amounts of soft food, you can expand your food selection as you gain confidence.
Indeed, you may find that you use a knife and fork more extensively, than you did when your natural teeth were healthy.
Use a soft hand brush or a special denture brush at least once daily, the denture must be thoroughly cleaned with liquid soap or detergent.
Avoid abrasive cleaners (toothpaste) and brushing with a hard brush in an obsessive compulsive manner. Soak dentures in a denture cleaning solution.
As with natural teeth, plaque-like substance forms on the surface of the denture, this can cause irritation to the mouth.
Best results is achieved by using a ultra sonic cleaner, which can be purchased from Just Dentures.
Dentures cover areas of the mouth that are exposed normally, which may alter the lining of your mouth unless you make a special effort to stimulate it with a toothbrush.
In addition, you should remove the dentures periodically for several hours, preferably when you are sleeping, to rest your mouth.
A clinician should examine the fit of the denture and assess the distribution of biting forces at least once a year.
With the changing shape of your mouth, and particularly of the bone supporting the denture, the dentures must be adjusted and relined from time to time to ensure that they do not stress the mouth excessively.
However, do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself.
Please note that heavy smoking and the frequent consumption of tea, coffee and wine can cause discoloration and staining of the denture.
Special note to smoker!: Tar-containing products may cause irreversible discoloration.
The new denture may disturb your speech at first. Some words in particular may feel awkward to pronounce.
Certainly this problem can be embarrassing, but rarely does it persist much beyond a week or two. Reading aloud may speed up the adaptation.
Minor irritation underneath and around the periphery of new or relined denture is very common.
The clinician will relieve it by adjusting the denture.
There will be an increase in the amount of saliva in your mouth for a while when the denture are inserted initially.
This is rarely a problem and, more often than not, when it does occur, it will cease quickly.
Please contact us immediately if you need further advice or attention.