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Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures


Your New Dentures

Dentures are an artificial appliance and you will need time to adapt to them because wearing dentures is a learned process, not an instinct with which we are born.

Dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years and, just as with natural teeth, must be regularly serviced and maintained in order to achieve that lifespan.

 

Perseverance

The keyword to success with your new dentures is “PERSEVERANCE”. It is important to leave your new dentures in your mouth as long as you can for the first few days and not take them out for any reason other than if they are causing pain or soreness, or if they require cleaning. The first 48 hours are generally the most challenging and frequently determine your success with your new dentures.

 

Suction with your new Dentures

It is reasonable to expect that suction may take time with your new dentures. Your upper denture needs to seat into the soft tissue at the back of the palate. This can take anywhere from 1 to 24 hours.

 

It is very important to replace missing teeth for several reasons:

  • Appearance
  • Mastication or chewing ability
  • Support of remaining teeth
  • Support of an opposing full denture

Without complete dentition, you may not be able to effectively masticate (eat) your food. Mastication, as opposed to biting and swallowing, involves mixing enough saliva with your food so that you adequately dilute your gastric juices, thereby reducing the risk of digestive problems.

 

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are dentures that are inserted immediately after your natural teeth are extracted. The denture acts like a bandage and keeps the wounds clean.

 

Adapting to Immediate Dentures

It is vitally important that you follow the post-operative instructions of your Dentist and Dental Prosthetist very carefully. Your follow up appointment is crucial to your well-being. Immediate Dentures should not be removed for the first 24 hours, or, as instructed by your Dentist. This will help to control the swelling and bleeding.

You must follow the oral hygiene instructions provided by your Dentist and Dental Prosthetist. This will usually include frequent gentle rinsing of the mouth with warm salty water. This helps control harmful bacteria thereby encouraging healing of the gums.

 

Adjusting to your new Dentures and how to care for them

  • For about the first two days, you will produce more saliva and find you have to swallow more often.
  • If these are your first dentures, you will notice a difference with your speech. To overcome this quickly, read out aloud from a book or magazine.
  • Initially, eating will be difficult. This will ease over time.
  • At first your dentures may cause some sore- spots, but they generally settle within a few days. If they do not settle within a week the denture will need adjustment.
  • It is very important that the dentures be worn for at least a day before any adjustment appointment. This allows sore areas to be seen in the mouth, i.e. red or inflamed areas.
  • Dentures must be cleaned after every meal. They are no different to having your own teeth as they can attract plaque which when left for longer than 72 hours will harden and become calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing or any other at home procedures. If left uncleaned, your dentures may discolour, have an unpleasant odour and need to be cleaned professionally.
  • You should rinse your mouth out after every meal to prevent food particles becoming trapped under your dentures and causing a sore-spot.
  • At least once a day, you should use a soft brush in your mouth on those areas that are covered by the dentures e.g. your palate
  • Never use tooth paste as it is abrasive and will wear the plastic prematurely.
  • Dentures need to be regularly checked every 12 months.
  • Partial denture wearers need to brush their remaining natural teeth and clean their dentures after every meal.