Denture Awareness Tips
Dentures are a replacement for something natural that you have lost; therefore, they are foreign to your body.
Information for the Denture Wearer
- Fullness: It is normal to feel as if someone left a shoe in your mouth. Many people discover that they now have more teeth than they have had for several years. In addition, they have the gum material necessary to hold their dentures in place. This feeling of too much will disappear.
- Saliva: It's normal to collect large amounts of saliva in your mouth if your mouth is full of foreign objects such as partials or dentures. This problem usually disappears within a few hours or, at most, a few days.
- Speaking: With a new denture, speaking takes time and practice. Read aloud and repeat difficult words in front of a mirror. You may lisp or whistle when you first try to talk. Your denture may slip out of place when you laugh, cough or smile. Put it back in place by gently biting down and swallowing.
- Looseness: The upper denture will usually tighten within 24 hours. The lower denture will not be tight, but you will learn to control it in a few weeks. It will not gain any real suction; but rather, the muscles and tissues in your tongue, cheeks and lips train themselves to hold your lower denture in place.
- Treatment for Sore Spots: For home treatment of the "blisters" that arise from new dentures, warm salt water is the best treatment. Any of the current oral painkillers may be used for some immediate relief. Sometimes it might be helpful to remove your dentures for a few hours and then try them again. If you develop sore spots and they persist, please call us for any adjustment.
Experienced Denture Wearers
Those of you who have had dentures before must expect to encounter some difficulty with your new dentures. That's normal. Your problems may not be as extreme as the "first time," but nonetheless, you too can expect to devote a few weeks to getting back to normal. Understand that old dentures are a little like old shoes; even though they may be worn out, you are used to them. Your muscles must be re-educated to learn new chewing patterns to assist you to control a new, up-to-date shape.
DO NOT PUT YOUR OLD DENTURES BACK IN YOUR MOUTH!
Nothing will defeat the success of replacement dentures so completely as switching back to your old set. Put your old dentures away and don't even look at them. It is most important that you have uninterrupted experience with your new dentures for at least several days. Don't defeat the efforts of your dentist and your efforts by cheating and using your old dentures; each time you do, you make the job of retraining those muscles start all over again.
Having your dentures inserted at the very moment your natural teeth are extracted has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage, of course, is not being toothless during the healing and preliminary gum-shrinkage period of between four and six months. Here are some of the disadvantages:
- Gum Shrinkage: Following extraction of a tooth, the bony socket surrounding the area begins to shrink as a normal part of the healing process. This occurs most rapidly during the first few weeks. How much and how soon this shrinkage happens to an individual may vary greatly. Immediate dentures are always loose and will become more loose as your gums heal.
- Reline: The tissues of the mouth inevitably change, and the muscles may compensate and give you the feeling that your dentures fit. Regardless of how good your dentures feel, they should be relined sometime during the six months following extractions to ensure a good fit and protect those tissues. (To avoid confusion, it should be noted that this procedure is separate from the original denture construction and there is therefore a fee, which is in addition to the original denture fee.) If you are not happy with the appearance or there are problems with your bite that a reline cannot correct, we will remake your denture/dentures for the same price you would have had to pay for the reline.
- Warranty Periods: Your warranty covers anything that happens to your denture under NORMAL use. It does not cover loss, damage by making adjustments yourself, dropping your denture or partial, damage caused by pets (dogs love acrylic) or damage from accidents. Missing opposing teeth can cause problems with the stability of your denture because your bite is not evenly distributed. This uneven pressure can cause breakage, and this is not covered under your warranty.
Immediate dentures NEED to be relined. Your warranty does not cover breakage if you have not had a reline within six months of denture placement as instructed.
Instructions & Reminders for Immediate Dentures
- Leave your dentures in your mouth for 24 hours after placement. They act as a bandage for your gums and help control bleeding.
- Follow your "Care of the Mouth" instructions after extractions.
- A light diet is advisable for the first 24 hours; then you may start with soft foods cut into small portions. Chew slowly and use both sides of the mouth at the same time to try to keep the denture in place. Do not bite with your front teeth. That causes your denture to tip and come loose.
- "Immediate" dentures are always loose, and you will need to wear adhesive. Your denture will become more loose as your gums shrink.
- Getting used to dentures takes time and patience. Adjustments will need to be done to relieve sore spots. The best time to come in for adjustments is between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- After you have healed in four to six months, you will need to come in for a reline or remake if necessary at a cost of the reline charge.
Your wearing dentures successfully depends more on you than anything or anyone else. No one can make you do what you will not do for yourself. If you will not try to wear your dentures, then you are beaten from the beginning.
NO TWO PEOPLE ARE ALIKE! NO TWO DENTURES ARE ALIKE!
Do not expect your problems or results to be the same as another person.
It is important that you have confidence in your dentist and yourself. There are millions like you who are going through the same trying problems with dentures every year. They make it – so can you! Whether or not you have worn dentures before, each new denture brings a set of problems to overcome.
Just call us if you have any problems, and remember, we care about you.