You have now been provided with your new dentures. We hope you are pleased with them. As you become accustomed to your teeth the following suggestions may be of some help to you.
Dentures do not work in the same way as natural teeth. When eating food it should be divided into small portions and chewed on both sides of the mouth. Eating will take slightly longer than usual and hard foods may cause some difficulty. You will find that you will learn a new eating pattern and will be rewarded by perseverance.
Food will stick to your dentures as it does to natural teeth. Your dentures should be cleaned after every meal to keep them fresh. Clean any natural teeth as well.
The best way to clean dentures is to brush them using a denture brush. For plastic dentures we also recommend the use of a hypochlorite soaking cleanser such as Dentural or Sterident. These cleaners however, should not be used for metal dentures.
Under no circumstances should you use household bleaches and cleansers as they may cause irreparable damage to the dentures.
It is best to clean your teeth over a bowl of water which will avoid breakage if they are accidentally dropped. Do not use hot water.
Unless advised by your dentist, your dentures should be removed during sleeping. They should be kept in a glass of water overnight.
Modern dentures rarely cause problems. They keep their appearance, if cleaned properly and regularly, and they are strong enough to withstand all the stresses of normal use. When you first wear your dentures, there will be a feeling of strangeness and occasionally they may feel a little loose. These problems will disappear within a few days of use. Sometimes a denture fixative such as Fixodent can help you through the first few days. If you are unfortunate enough to break a denture, bring it back to us. We will usually be able to repair it for you within 24 hrs.
If after a few days you still feel pressure, chafing or soreness, your dentures may need adjusting. If this happens you must not attempt to adjust them yourself as this may cause severe damage. If your dentures are hurting, please call the surgery (0121 777 1537) to make an appointment to have them adjusted. To avoid disappointment, please do not attend without an appointment.
How long will it take me to get used to my denture?
Even though it is custom made, your denture maybe a bit uncomfortable at first. But don’t worry, after a few days it will begin to feel more natural an comfortable. If you are still unsure, speak to your dentist.
Will my dentures stay in place?
Yes, in most cases a correctly designed denture will fit well and feel comfortable. However, if you think its slipping, seek advise from your dentist.
Are there foods I should avoid?
In time you should easily be able to eat most foods. However, it maybe difficult at first to bite into hard foods such as apples or crusty bread. If this is the case, try chewing with the side of your teeth.
Will I get bad breath?
If your dentures and gums are not properly cleaned, the bacteria will cause bad breath. So correct and regular care of your denture with a specialist denture cleaner is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh and your denture free from bacteria.
Is it necessary to remove dentures overnight?
Removing your dentures for the whole night can give your mouth and gums time to recover from the stress of supporting it during the day. If you remove your denture, place it in water to protect it from damage and drying out. In all cases it is best to ask your dentist for advise.
My mouth sometimes feels sore, what can I do to ease it?
This is quite common, it happens as your mouth adjusts to the feel of the new denture. If it lasts for longer than a week, then consult your dentist. Never ignore any discomfort. As a temporary solution, try using a soothing gel like Bonjela which eases pain and heals sores caused by dentures. Bonjela is also clinically shown to aid the healing and relieve the pain of mouth ulcers. Bonjela should be applied to the gum 30 minutes before reinserting the denture.
Do I need to do anything special to care for my mouth?
Even though you have dentures, you still need to practice good oral hygiene. Morning and evening you should brush your gums, tongue and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft bristled brush; this will remove any plaque or bacteria present and stimulate circulation in the mouth.
Do I need still need to, and how often should I visit my dentist?
Regular visits to your dentist are still essential, some people believe once they have lost their natural teeth, they need only visit their dentist when their dentures are loose or causing them problems. This is not the case, an annual visit is advisable for complete denture wearers for oral cancel checkups, while partial wearers should visit their dentist every six months. Oral cancer is one of the few cancers on the increase in the UK.
You will find that modern dentures are so well made they look completely natural and they quickly become part of everyday life, giving you a new smile of confidence. Remember, if you have any further question or problems, your dentist is there to help.
Can I use normal toothpaste to clean my dentures?
Do not use ordinary toothpastes – these are not designed for use of dentures, as they are softer than the enamel of natural teeth. Some toothpastes contain abrasives which can scratch the denture surface, leaving ridges that can build up with bacteria. Remember soaking is more effective for removing plaque and bacteria from your denture.