A guide to what you should expect and what care or precautions you should take after you have been delivered a denture:
What You Should Expect
- As a first time denture wearer, you may feel that the denture is loose until you get used to it and you have learnt to keep them in place with the help of muscles of cheek and tongue.
- No matter how thin the dentures are made, they may still feel bulky.
- They may tip if you chew from one side, allowing food particles and liquid to pass under it.
- Dentures may make your tongue feel crowded or may cause slight gaging sensation.
- Your mouth may feel sore or irritated until your ridges are used to supporting denture.
- After a few weeks, as you become used to wearing dentures, these problems should decrease. If you continue to experience excessive soreness or irritation in any area of your mouth, please contact us.
- Your saliva flow may increase temporarily.
- Insertion and removal of denture may be difficult for first few days, you will have to train yourself by looking in the mirror while inserting and removing denture from your mouth. This may take a few days to learn the process.
- First recall is usually scheduled within 48 hours of denture delivery to correct any occlusal disharmony and check for the immediate tissue soreness.
- Next recall is usually scheduled after a week to check for tissue reaction and do any minor adjustments that your denture may require.
- During recall after a week, if you are comfortable with wearing denture and everything is fine then the next routine recall is scheduled after a month and then every 6 months to determine any tissue reaction and amount of ridge resorption.
- Dentures help stabilize the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) by restoring vertical dimensions of your mouth or Jaw and so you may start feeling relief from any pain you may have in Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).
Appearance Of Face And Teeth (Denture)
- Dentures may improve appearance of your face by providing support to your lips and cheeks.
- When you first get dentures, your facial expressions may seem different but more natural expressions will return once you start getting used to with wearing dentures.
Speaking / Speech
- Sometimes wearing a denture can make a difference in the way you pronounce certain words. To help overcome any speech difficulties, we advise you to practice reading books and newspaper loudly.
- Initially you may find your denture loose while you laugh, cough or even smile. To reposition the dentures, close your teeth together gently & swallow.
Mastication Or Eating With Dentures
- Initially you may find it difficult to chew with your new dentures.
- Once you are used to speak properly when your dentures are on and wear it for the whole day without any discomfort then after a few days you can try eating with your dentures. It is best to start with soft food that does not require too much chewing.
- You will have to learn to chew from both the sides simultaneously. If you chew from one side the denture may tip on one side, allowing food particles and liquid to pass under it. This is known as see-saw effect.
- Once you are comfortable with chewing soft food without any soreness then you can gradually start chewing regular food. You can start with cutting your food into small pieces and chew slowly from back teeth.
- Avoid eating sticky or very hard food until you have more experience with wearing dentures.
What Care Or Precautions You Should Take
- Don’t put your dentures in hot water, as they may warp.
- Don’t put dentures out of container, if they become dry, they may change shape or color.
- Do not start chewing with your dentures for at least three weeks. First three weeks are for practicing to keep denture in mouth and getting used to with it. During these first three weeks you will have to remove your dentures while eating anything.
- Once you start chewing with dentures after two weeks, you will have to learn to chew from both sides simultaneously.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after every meal.
- Don’t try to adjust or reline denture yourself. You may cause irreversible damage to it.
- If your denture breaks, cracks or chip, or if a denture tooth become loose, please contact us and we will determine whether your denture can be repaired.
- Bring any problem to our attention at your follow up visit.
Care For Denture
- Clean plaque & food deposits from your dentures daily. This will help keep the dentures from becoming permanently stained.
- Before brushing your dentures, rinse them well to remove any loose food particles.
- Next apply denture cleaner & clean all surfaces of dentures & brush thoroughly but care should be taken to not to scrub hard to avoid scratching the surface of dentures.
- Dentures should be handled carefully. Dropping them even few inches into the sink can break denture base or teeth.
- While cleaning, hold them over a towel or a sink half-filled with water.
- Always keep your dentures out of reach of children.
- Use regular soft bristled tooth brush, especially designed for cleaning dentures and do not use stiff or hard bristle brush as it may damage the plastic denture material.
- When you take out your dentures from mouth at night, place them in a bowl containing denture cleaning solution or water.
When to wear your dentures?
- Your dentures should be worn daily during waking hours.
- Take your dentures out before going to bed at night and put them in mouth again in the morning when you wake up. This gives your oral tissue a chance to rest and helps maintain oral health.
- Dentures must be worn daily. If the dentures are not worn for a few days then there may be a change in retention of your dentures and may not fit well.
Maintenance Of Oral Hygiene For Denture Wearer
- Every time before inserting your dentures in mouth, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft bristle brush to remove plaque and stimulate blood circulation.
- Visit our dental center every 6 months for a complete oral examination. Besides checking your dentures, we will check the health of your gums, bone, tongue, cheeks, jaw joints and any signs of cancer as well.
Success in wearing dentures depends on your positive attitude, persistence and regular professional care.
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