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How do I care for my dentures?

When you first get dentures, you will want to be sure that you are taking good care of them so that the appliances will stay in excellent condition for as long as possible. This is just one aspect of the process of getting accustomed to wearing dentures.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures

dentures Battle Creek MIIf you want to take good care of your new dentures, here are a few tips that will help you do so.

  • Handle your dentures with care: Your dentures can be damaged if you drop them or handle them carelessly, so be careful with the appliances.
  • Take your dentures out each day to clean them.
  • Use a specially formulated denture cleaner, not toothpaste, to clean your appliances. Toothpaste may be too harsh and damage the appliances.
  • Soak your dentures when you’re not wearing them to keep them from drying out.

There may be other denture care considerations specific to your case, so ask your dentist for complete instructions to maintain your dentures.

Getting Adjusted to Your New Dentures

In addition to having a game plan to take care of your new dentures, you’ll also want to be prepared for the initial adjustment period that happens as you get used to wearing the appliances on a daily basis. Talk to your dentist so that you’ll know what to expect.

The following may be just a few of the recommendations:

  • Start out chewing soft foods: Limiting your diet at first can help you get used to chewing with your dentures and after time you can progress to heartier foods.
  • Exercise your cheek muscles: This will help to strengthen them so that they can help to control the dentures more effectively.
  • Sing! Singing can help you develop fluidity around language and ultimately make it easier to speak with your dentures.
  • Don’t dismiss ongoing discomfort: Yes, your dentures may be slightly uncomfortable at first, but that sensation should eventually fade. If it persists, it may be a sign that the dentures need to be refitted.

We are here to help you throughout the process of getting fitted for and wearing dentures, and that includes working with you to develop a plan to take care of those dentures. Don’t hesitate to check in with us to get any information you may need for that purpose. Call the office of Dr. John Morris today to schedule your consultation.

Get The Most Out of Your Dentures With These Tips

Dentures provide a wonderful solution for patients who have suffered from tooth loss. Whether you require a partial or complete denture, your dentist will work with you to help you achieve the best possible outcome as the solution for tooth loss.

Allow Yourself Ample Time to Adjust to New Dentures

dentures Battle Creek MITeeth replacement can feel overwhelming. Give yourself time to:

Speak clearly and comfortably – Until you get used to your dentures, you will likely experience increased saliva production as well as difficulty forming word sounds. The saliva situation should resolve itself within days. Practice conversing with non-judgmental friends and family; or practice speaking in front of a mirror.

Learn how to chew again – You won’t have to eat soft foods forever, but start with them eventually graduating to chewier foods cut into small, manageable bites.

The Importance of the Proper Care and Maintenance for your Dentures 

Dentures are a big investment so you should maximize the life of your dentures by taking the best care of them that you can.

When you’re not wearing your denture, you should store it in an appropriate container with water or an approved denture cleaning solution. This will allow your denture to stay moist and in so doing, will help it to maintain its shape. Rinse thoroughly before inserting.

Never boil your dentures. Even very hot water can result in your dentures warping.

If you are experiencing rubbing or sore spots, do not attempt to make adjustments. Even a small tweak can result in irreparable damage.

If slipping or movement is a problem, you may be tempted to try a denture paste. Before doing so, a visit to your dentist is advised. Changes to your oral condition might be the problem, and may be corrected providing a better solution than a denture adhesive.

Cleaning your dentures is important. Plaque can form on them so they should be cleaned every day. Use the tools designed for this … a regular toothbrush and toothpaste can be too harsh and can scratch your dentures.

Gently brush gum tissue with dentures out to maintain their health.

When cleaning your dentures, do so over a towel or soft surface to prevent breakage if you should drop them.

To learn more about how dentures can restore your smile, contact the office of Dr. John Morris today.

Restore Your Smile With Custom Dentures

dentures Battle Creek MIIt can be difficult to cope with tooth loss, but knowing that you have the option to restore a beautiful smile with a lifelike appearance can be helpful. Custom dentures will allow you to achieve this goal.

Unlike the one-size-fits-all appliances that your grandparents wore, custom dentures both look natural and feel comfortable. Your dentist will take measurements of your unique smile to ensure the best fit possible for your dentures.

What are the advantages of custom dentures?

Custom dentures are tailored to match each patient’s unique specifications. Every mouth is different and has different measurements, and custom dentures take that into account.

Custom dentures offer patients the following benefits:

  • Better fit: Custom dentures are more snug that the cookie-cutter appliances of years past. Therefore, the appliances are more secure and stay in place better.
  • More comfort: Because the appliances fit better, they are also more comfortable. In fact, many patients report that their dentures feel quite similar to their biological teeth.
  • Natural aesthetic: Custom dentures are made of state-of-the-art materials that mimic the appearance of biological tooth enamel. Furthermore, the shade can be designed to match the color of your natural smile – or improve on it, if that’s your goal.

The Custom Denture Treatment Process

How do you take advantage of all of these benefits of custom dentures? Consult with a dentist who will design an appliance with your specific needs in mind.

The custom denture treatment process begins with a consultation, at which your provider may use the following assessment tools to plan for the appliance’s design:

  • Dental impressions: For a three-dimensional representation of your smile’s structure
  • X-rays: To get a clearer picture of the underlying bone structure
  • Photographs: For both planning purposes and comparison purposes after you are fitted with the denture

All of the relevant data is then forwarded to the dental lab that is responsible for creating your dentures. When they are ready, you will return to our office to be fitted with the appliance. Our provider can make additional adjustments to the appliance as needed.

You may experience some mild discomfort as your mouth initially adjusts to the appliance. However, any such discomfort should resolve within a few weeks. If the discomfort lasts longer or is severe, contact our office to see if further adjustments to your dentures are needed.

Are you interested in custom dentures to restore your smile after tooth loss? Schedule an evaluation at our office to learn more about the treatment process and how it can benefit you.