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Dentures

When you no longer have any teeth in your mouth but still want to chew your food and look nice, the missing teeth need to be replaced with fake ones. One of the oldest, yet affordable ways to do so is to get a denture.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Traditional denture for upper and lower jaw

Types of dentures :

  • Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
  • Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.

Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives; look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Overdenture supported with two implants

How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures ?

New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months before they go away. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.

Adhesive cream with no Zinc might be used

How Long do Dentures Last?

Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup. Remember a new denture should be made about every 5-7 years or when the dentures cannot be used comfortably

How do I clean my dentures?

  • Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
  • Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don't get scratched.
  • An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
  • Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.

 

What else I need to know about my dentures?

When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping

When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.

Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.

Clean your denture regularly

Keep your denture wet and don’t let it dry

Denture Cleaning

(If you have a temporary lining please skip this section and read the section below.)

  • Clean your denture/partials thoroughly twice a day with a denture brush (this came with your denture kit) and a non-abrasive denture cleanser. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for denture care.
  • Dentures are fragile, so it is important to handle with care.
  • The early weeks of denture wearing can be quite a challenge sometimes as you adjust to them. In addition to trying other brands or amounts of adhesive, you may try various finger positions and ways to dislodge your denture (ie- try pulling on only the left or right side of the denture to remove it). Also try placing your thumb against the front teeth and press upward and outward toward our nose. Another often useful trick is to place a finger inside each of your cheeks and pull out and laterally (so that you look like a chipmunk!). This stretches your cheek muscles and may break the seal of your denture. Soon you will be able to place and remove your denture without even thinking about it.
  • To remove lower denture, slowly pull on the denture while applying a rocking motion.
  • Don't use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners they may scratch the surface of the denture and harsh products like bleach which will turn the pink parts of your denture white.
  • Rinse your denture after every meal.
  • Do not wear dentures at night. The gum tissue needs to rest and to allow normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva in order to promote better long term health of your gums.
  • Soak denture/partial in warm water or a denture cleaner.
  • Bleach denture brush in 50%water/50% Clorox solution once a week.
  • Soak dentures in 50% vinegar/50% water to inhibit fungus growth. A little better alterative is Aloe Vera gel. This can also be used with a soft liner. Place a small amount of the gel in the denture once or twice a day. Taste is so so and it won't hurt if you swallow some. Aloe Vera is a pretty good antifungal.
  • Complete dentures only can be soaked in a homemade solution of 1 tsp Clorox, 2 tspsCalgon (water softener NOT Calgonite detergent or bath oil), 6oz water. After soaking, thoroughly remove all cleanser by light brushing under tap water with a soft nylon toothbrush. Do NOT place dentures with metal parts or soft lining material in this solution, as it wt will corrode/destroy the metal parts.
  • If a fungal infection develops in your mouth occurs try NystatinVag. Cream, Apply an even lining 1-2x daily, for 10 days. Also try using peridex rinse.
  • You may also leave them out during the day, if you do place them in water to keep them moist so they will not dry out.
  • Remove them when you use a mouth rinse.
  • Massage your gums in the morning and evening with a thumb or finger, or use a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Brush you gums twice a day to stimulate the gums to keep them firm.
  • Rinse your gums after each meal to decrease irritation from bacteria.
  • Keep a routine of cleaning so you will not forget where you left them.
  • Scratched dentures will harbor plaque and bacteria which causes bad odors.
  • Oral balance moisturizing gel can be used to keep tissues moist and can be placed on the denture/partial to increase moisture of the gum tissue.
  • If you wear a partial denture make sure to clean the area around the clasps, as trapped food particles and bacteria may cause these abutment teeth to be more susceptible to decay.
  • When you first notice any signs of discomfort contact us at once. Remember to wear your denture at least two hours before your appointment so we can "see" where the "sore spots" are located in order to make necessary adjustments. Trying to repair your denture yourself can lead to bone loss and more costly problems.
  • When you first notice any signs of discomfort contact us at once. Remember to wear your denture at least two hours before your appointment so we can "see" where the "sore spots" are located in order to make necessary adjustments. Trying to repair your denture yourself can lead to bone loss and more costly problems.
  • You need to keep your regular periodic exam in order for us to examine your gum tissues for signs of disease or cancer. As you age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under the denture shrinks or recedes and wears away. Lose dentures make it hard to eat and speak and do not support the face as well.
  • 65-80% of denture patients have stomatitis, C albicans, and Candida glabrata microorganisms, thus dentures are a possible source of direct extension yeast and bacterial infection to the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and directly to the blood stream*. Mycostatinoint (15gm)applied to inside of denture after cleaning and to corners of mouth and misolex troches (disp 70) 1 tab in mouth until gone 4-5Xday for 14 days.
  • Remember a new denture should be made about every 5-7 years or when the dentures cannot be used comfortably.
  • Valplast dentures can be cleaned with Stain Away or Clean it.

Cleaning Dentures with Soft Temporary Lining

  • Soak your denture in a denture cleaning product, but instead of using hot water, use only lukewarm, almost cool water for mixing. The high heat may damage the soft lining material.
  • Soak denture in the cleaning solution for up to, but no longer than 30 minutes/day.
  • During the first several days, use cotton balls to swab the liner. After this, you may try using a soft bristled brush.
  • Hot food and heavy chewing is not recommended for the first day. Also since the lining is soft, small materials like seeds may become embedded in the lining.
  • Do not allow the lining to become dry. Keep your denture in water while it is out of your mouth.

Tips For Wearing New Dentures

It takes time to get use to wearing your denture because the gum tissue must adjust. Here are some tips about wearing your dentures:

  • A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture.
  • You may occasionally bit your tongue or cheek until you get use to have these spaces filled.
  • It can take 2-6 weeks to learn how to speak with them. Practice by reading out loud or in front of a mirror.
  • Your tongue may feel restricted and want to play with the new denture but it will adjust to its presence.
  • To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, or liquid diet with easy to chew foods.
  • Cut food into small bites and take small bites.
  • Eat slowly and deliberately by placing even amounts of food on both sides of your mouth while you are chewing so as to balance biting forces which will keep more denture stable while chewing.
  • The longer you take to eat our meals, the more success you will have at learning to eat with your new dentures.
  • Try drinking plenty of fluids at each meal. Avoid sticky or hard foods. It may be helpful to chew off bits of food from the side, rather than directly from the front.
  • As gums heal and becomes stronger try eat foods which are bitten off like bread, crackers, corn on the cob by pressing the food against the back teeth on the upper denture in order to stabilize it while you bite.
  • It will take time for gum tissue to firm up and accommodate the hard plastic of the denture, until than sore spots will be common during the adjustment period.
  • Denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow or speech changes.
  • It is very important that you wear your denture every day. If you don't your denture will no longer fit due to gum tissue and bone changes.
  • The bone and gum areas will shrink or recede with time causing space between the jaws to change. The denture keeps its shape, thus adjustments will be needed to keep your denture fitting properly
  • Do NOT adjust the denture yourself because this will only cause more difficulties and what may have started out as a small problem could easily become a bigger one.

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