Frequently Asked Questions
This page lists answers to frequently asked questions about this website and the services we offer. However, if your question is not answered here on this page feel free to contact for assistance.
Instructions for Complete Denture Patients
Learning to wear dentures takes time and patience, especially your first set of dentures. Even if you have previously worn dentures, you must realize that your new dentures are different, and you will have to change some old habits. Your new dentures will need to be adjusted and we will be happy to adjust them for you.
Speaking with dentures usually is not a problem. You will be more aware of small problems in speech sounds than will your listeners. You can gain confidence by reading aloud in front of a mirror. Repeat words or sounds that seem difficult to pronounce.
If you have worn dentures before, learning to chew well with dentures normally requires two or three weeks of practice. Begin by cutting the food (soft types) into small pieces and placing some on each side before you start chewing. Concentrate on chewing with both sides at the same time and it will become a good habit. Avoid using the front teeth to chew. They are meant for appearance only.
Your daily diet is considered very important in maintaining your mouth tissues in a healthy state. A balanced diet should include the protein foods such as meats, fish, eggs and cheese as well as the high vitamin foods, such as, green vegetables and fresh citrus fruit. Placing the dentures in a water bath while you sleep is a very excellent aid for tissue health.
New dentures feel strange and bulky. A feeling of fullness in the lips and cheeks is common. Tongue position is important. Learn to rest your tongue forward so its tip touches the backs of the lower front teeth. Soreness during swallowing requires a simple adjustment of the lower denture.
Most patients will have at least one sore spot in the few days after wearing a new set of dentures. Call our office for an adjustment appointment. For immediate relief, take your denture out as much as possible. Also, a very warm salt water rinse (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water) will soothe the tissues. Occasionally, after wearing a set of dentures for many years, the tissue changes and the dentures move around creating sore spots. In this instance you may require a reline to make your denture fit properly again. Typically we will see a patient for a reline early in the morning and return your relined denture by 4pm that same day.
RINSE YOUR MOUTH AND DENTURES AFTER MEAL IF POSSIBLE. Twice daily use facial soap or a liquid detergent on a soft tooth brush. Avoid excessive scrubbing on the inside of the denture, this will wear away the fit. Stains and hard deposits can be removed by soaking the dentures in full strength white vinegar for 15 minutes or overnight as you find necessary. Re-use of the same vinegar is fine. Dentures absorb odors and tastes for certain foods etc. A freshly mixed solution of one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water will soak away those undesirables. Remove the dentures during sleeping time and immerse them in water. Denture wearers should brush daily the top surface of their tongue as well as the palate with a soft nylon tooth brush and tooth paste.
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