- Immediate Dentures
- Complete Dentures
- Partial Dentures
Dentures are artificial replacements of your natural teeth, and just as with any other prosthesis, it will not function the exact way as your own teeth that were replaced. The dentures may be uncomfortable and awkward at first, and will likely require several adjustments during the initial “breaking in” stages. The following suggestions are presented to help you adapt and properly care for your new dentures. If you had teeth removed in conjunction with your denture (immediate dentures) please also reference the home care instructions following extractions.
Immediate Dentures – (Dentures delivered same day as extractions):
- Please leave your denture(s) in for a full 24 hours following your extractions. After that time, you may carefully remove your denture using both hands (please do this over a sink filled 1/3rd with water to avoid possibly dropping and damaging your denture)
- You may clean the denture under cold water using only a denture brush (without any soaps, cleaners, or toothpaste).
- After cleaning the denture, set aside in a safe place and rinse your mouth with salt water. After rinsing you may reinsert your denture. After the denture is in place, you may brush and clean any natural teeth as you normally would. Repeat this process for the next three mornings
- After the initial 3 days of following the above routine, you should take the denture out at bedtime. Rinse and scrub it as described above. Rinse your mouth again with the warm salt water. Put the denture in a denture cup/container and cover it with clean, cold water. Leave it there while you sleep. After rinsing it again, put it back in your mouth in the morning. Continue with the warm salt water rinses for at least 7-10 days.
- Please remember to take any prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Winnett.
What to Expect with New Dentures:
- Eating: Initially you will need to have a liquid/soft diet (foods like soups, yogurt, pasta, eggs, smoothies, etc.) for the first few days following the placement of your dentures.
You may start to move into more solid foods as you adapt better to your dentures. More difficult foods (steak, apples, carrots, etc. It will require a more gradual learning curve).
- Many times dentures and partials give difficulty in the beginning stages while swallowing and may cause gagging. With time, this will improve.
- Speaking: Learning to talk with your new dentures in place requires some patience and practice. Reading aloud is a very good way to relearn your normal speech
- Sore Spots: Sore spots are likely to develop following the initial wearing of your new denture. The sore spots often develop from uneven pressure on the denture, if this happens please call your dental office.
- Adjustments are best made following 3-6 hours of continuous wear of the denture. This helps identify the precise area that is causing the sore spot – which may be easily trimmed to improve your comfort. Contact our office as needed for adjustments.
- Looseness: If you had teeth removed the same day as your denture was inserted (immediate dentures) the denture will likely start to feel loose as the gums and bone heal and shrink. This is normal and during this healing period your denture may require a temporary liner to improve the fit of your denture. This is a normal occurrence within first 3 months. Denture adhesives may be used as needed. There are many types and brands available. If you find you need an adhesive to give you more retention – find a brand that works for you. Please be sure to adequately remove the adhesives daily from your denture as well as clean your gum tissues.
- After 3-6 months you should be completely healed from the extractions. A permanent new liner will need to be placed in the denture to improve the fit and retention. Occasionally, depending on how much shrinkage has occurred, an entirely new denture may need to be fabricated.
- Home Care: – Please remove your dentures for at least 6-8 hours a day (usually at night while sleeping). This will help keep your gums healthy and keep your denture fitting better, longer. – Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a regular toothbrush to remove plaque, bacteria, and to stimulate good circulation to keep the supporting gums healthy. – Dentures should always be kept in a denture case partially filled with water or your favorite brand of denture cleaner – dentures may warp if not always kept in a humid/wet environment.
- Always store your dentures in a safe place. Pets, particularly dogs, love to use your dentures as their new favorite chew toy.
- Cleaning: – Dentures of any kind should be cleaned nightly and after meals as they can collect food, plaque and calculus (tarter) build-up just as normal teeth do. – Inadequate daily cleaning of your denture will cause premature staining and odor accumulation with the denture. – When cleaning your dentures always do so over a sink filled 1/3rd with water (they will break if dropped on a hard surface). – Do Not use abrasive households cleaners, bleach, vinegar, or toothpaste on your denture. – Regular soap and a denture brush are adequate to affectively clean your dentures. – While you sleep at night, soak your denture or partial denture in a denture cleanser. There are several brands available at pharmacy or grocery stores, etc… Find a brand that you like, as they all work very similarly.