For a denture to fit and work well you need
to work at adjusting to it. No denture ever fits and feels natural from the first day.
Would you be able to walk in new boots made out of hard leather? You probably would get
some sores. And once the skin toughens up and the sore areas adjust, it all works out. Dentures are similar, except they need more
time for acclimating. For success, you need to commit to keeping
the denture in your mouth for as long as possible for the first few weeks. This is so your mouth
learns to adjust. Keeping the denture in your mouth also helps
identify the areas that are sore from the denture pressing and need additional adjustment
by the dentist. It is important to visit your dentist to adjust
your denture 48 to 72 hours after receiving it. You will need another adjustment about
a week or two later. Even if you are handy with a nail file or
a dremel tool – You should never attempt to make your own adjustments or repair the denture
at home. Let your dentist adjust the denture. While dentures are an adequate replacement
for your missing teeth you should not expect the dentures to have the same chewing efficiency
as your natural teeth. Initially wearing the new denture may cause
new sensations and increase amount of saliva in your mouth.
Both of these are normal because your mouth is adjusting to the new appliance in your
mouth. The saliva increase should subside as you and your denture adapt to each other.
You may also accidently bite your cheek lip or tongue. This happens to almost everyone.
It is normal to develop some sore spots after wearing the denture for a few days. Please
visit your dentist for all necessary adjustments of your denture.
You should avoid eating hard or sticky food for the first few weeks. Try breaking your
food into smaller pieces; this will make it easier to chew. Chew with you back teeth instead
of your front ones and try to balance the denture by chewing food on both sides of your
mouth. Try to practice speaking, as wearing dentures
normally change the way you pronounce some words. Reading out loud for 15 minutes twice
a day, practice makes perfect. If you hear a whistling or clicking noise while speaking,
try speaking more slowly, if these problems persist visit your dentist.
Dentures, like everything else in the mouth, require cleaning. First remove your denture
from your mouth, brush your tongue, gums and palate to clean the area as well as increase
the blood circulation in these areas. Next clean the denture using a denture cleansing
paste or liquid soap with a soft denture brush. Rinse the denture with cold or warm water.
stay away from using hot or boiling water — it will warp the denture and it will not
fit. The denture needs to stay moist at all times,
so at this point place the denture back in your mouth or soak it in a cleansing solution
overnight. Be sure to avoid using a regular toothbrush and toothpaste on your denture
they scratch the teeth and cause scratches that collect food and cause discoloration.
.You can use a denture adhesive for better retention of your denture. Do not use an adhesive
on a loose or denture that does not fit well. A loose denture may require a reline or other
repairs to improve it’s fit. Be sure to visit your dentist as directed
or at least visit once a yea even if everything feels fine your dentist will evaluate the
fit and the functionality of your denture and do a oral cancer examination.