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Denture Instructions

Denture Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS TO DENTURE PATIENTS

A. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW DENTURES

  1. You must learn to manipulate your dentures. At first you may look, speak, and eat in a way that you are unaccustomed. But with time, you should adapt very readily. Most patients require about 2 – 3 weeks to learn to work with new dentures. A few patients may require more time. But don’t be discouraged if you take longer than most.

  2. You will find that dentures are not as efficient as your natural teeth when eating. However, having dentures is better than being without teeth. When eating, start with soft foods and take small bites. Avoid biting with the front teeth because it will cause the dentures to become unstable and shift. This can lead to sore gums. It is best to cut your foods into small bites, but if you must “take a bite” use the area around the canine teeth.

  3. Your speech, as mentioned above, may sound strange initially. But with practice, perhaps reading aloud from a book or newspaper, you should be able to speak clearly in a few days.

B. ADJUSTMENTS

  1. You must return to your denturist/dentist for follow up appointments after the dentures have been inserted. In most instances, it is necessary to make minor adjustments to provide a more comfortable fit.

  2. In order for you to wear your dentures successfully, most patients will require adjustments of their attitude and habits.

  3. If soreness develops, that is considered a normal occurrence. Call your denturist/dentist for an appointment to have an adjustment. The irritation will not disappear by itself.

  4. We do not want you to “try and tough it out”. If you are unable to reach your denturist/dentist during holidays, weekends, or after hours, remove the dentures to prevent further trauma to the tissues.

C. YOUR ORAL HEALTH

  1. Nature did not intend for people to wear dentures. You must exercise care with the tissue beneath the dentures. It is recommended to rest the tissues at least eight hours a day. Most patients find it more convenient to leave the dentures out at night.

  2. The tissues that support your dentures are constantly changing. This may result in denture looseness. However, looseness can result from many causes. With time, your dentures will need either refitting or replacement. In any event, you should call your dentist for an appointment.

  3. Annual examinations of the supporting tissue for abnormalities and to assess the function and fit of the denture are important for your dental health. 

Denture Care

Denture Care

Denture Care Instructions and Tips

Your dentures will last longer and fit better if you take proper care of them. Keep these points in mind to keep your dentures in top shape:

  • Clean dentures daily: Brush your dentures each day the same way that you would brush your teeth, with one key difference: Skip the toothpaste. Many commercial types of toothpaste can damage dentures. Instead, use a soft-bristle denture brush, designed specifically for cleaning dentures, and water to brush all surfaces of the dentures, but be careful not to bend any attachments. Rinse your dentures with water after each meal. You can buy specialized denture cleaners for soaking dentures, but soaking is not a substitute for brushing—you need to brush the dentures to remove plaque.

  • Treat dentures right: Fill the sink with water or place a folded towel in it when handling your dentures, so you don’t break them if they should fall into the sink. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, let them soak in cool water (preferably distilled/filtered water) to keep them from drying out. Be careful of cleaning solutions if your dentures have metal attachments—the solutions could cause the metal to tarnish. And don’t soak dentures in hot water—they could warp.

  • Remove your dentures (full or partial) every night: This allows the gum tissue beneath them a chance to rest.

How to Clean Dentures

Plaque can form on dentures, just like natural teeth. If they’re not removed every day, your dentures may look less white and bright. It is also important to clean your dentures with a denture brush and soak them in a cleanser solution daily to avoid odor.

  1. Clean your dentures over a sink filled with water to avoid damage if you drop them.

  2. Rinse dentures thoroughly in warm water to remove any loose food particles.

  3. Use a denture cleanser. (Conventional toothpaste, bleach, and vinegar are not designed for denture cleaning and could, in some cases, cause damage. Scratched dentures will harbor unsightly plaque bacteria, causing denture odor. Harsh products like bleach may even turn the pink parts of your dentures white.)

  4. Moisten a denture brush (soft-bristle toothbrush or denture toothbrush) to clean all surfaces of your denture gently. Brushing too hard can damage any plastic or metal parts. Rinse and brush in clean, warm water.

  5. Brush your gums, tongue and natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before reinserting your dentures. This will help remove plaque from your teeth, stimulate circulation in your mouth and help maintain good oral health.

  6. Rinse with a mouthwash after brushing to give your mouth a refreshed feeling.