Denture Care & Tips
At Premier Dentures we believe in doing everything we can to help our patients, so here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your dentures.
1. Getting use to a new Denture
Loss of teeth due to disease, injury or other factors can be scary and daunting. A denture can restore your smile and help with everyday functions such as eating, speaking while also restoring your smile. However, getting use to wearing dentures requires time and patients.
As you wear your new dentures they may feel big or awkward for weeks or months until you become familiar to them. Your dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. The dentures may feel to large and be difficult to wear at first but with practice and time they will feel more comfortable and natural.
While getting familiar with your new denture you may experience sore spots or irritation caused by movement of the dentures. You may also notice an increase in saliva caused by over production of your salivary glands. As you become more familiar with your dentures, these problems should eventually subside. Follow ups will be needed for new denture wearers. Appointments should be scheduled with your denturist to insure any persistent sores or irritation are taken care before they become more serious.
2. Eating with Dentures
Eating with new dentures takes time and patients. Eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become more familiar to chewing softer foods, add more solid foods until you return to your normal diet. Loss of taste may occur, some foods may not taste the same. All though dentures are a great replacement for loss of natural teeth they will never function as well as your natural teeth.
Speaking with new dentures also takes time, your speech may seem slurred or restricted caused by the bulky sensation of your dentures. This should subside within a couple of weeks with a lot of talking and practicing affected words.
3. Denture care and cleaning
Dentures should be cleaned daily by soaking in a mild cleaner and brushed with a soft denture brush to avoid staining and plaque buildup. You should also brush your gums and tongue daily with a soft toothbrush to avoid bacteria build up and bad breath. Always remember to place dentures in water with denture cleaning solution while not being worn to avoid the dentures from drying out and discoloring. Caring for your dentures is very important not only does it keep them looking new it also will prolong the life of your denture.
- Always place dentures in water while not being worn to avoid the dentures from drying out and discoloring
- Brush dentures daily to avoid staining and plaque buildup, Use a denture brush or soft toothbrush.
- Do not use bleach or other household items to cleaner your dentures.
- Brushing your gums and tongue will help avoid bacteria build up and bad breath, brush with a soft toothbrush.
- Although Denture adhesives are great temporary fix for loose dentures. It is not a proper fix for ill-fitting dentures, your dentures may need to be relined or replaced to get proper fit and function.
- Dentures can break or crack easily if dropped, always remove over a counter and place on a paper towel or soft surface.
- See your denturist if your dentures break, chip, crack, become loose, or sore. Don’t try to fix or adjust yourself, you could void warranty or make unrepairable.
- Over time dentures may begin to feel loose or ill-fitting due to tissue and bone loss. This can be fixed easily by relining or rebasing your denture.
- As dentures age, they become more porous and retain more bacteria causing them to smell and discolor. This is easily fixed by rebasing your denture every few years.
- First time Dentures can feel bulky or to large causing speech problems. This sensation should resolve with time, talking, and lots of practice.
- Soreness and irritation are caused by movement of your dentures; this is easily solved by adjusting the denture. Call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your denturist.
- Gagging can occur with new dentures or ill-fitting dentures, many times the denture can be adjusted or relined to fix the issue.
- Chewing can be difficult at first, eating softer foods cut into small pieces will help until you can begin putting more solid foods into your diet eventually returning to your natural diet.