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
Teeth 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.