Your New Dentures
1. Sore spots may occur under new dentures. Do not cut or grind on the dentures—we will adjust them for you. If the soreness remains more than one day, return to our office with the dentures in your mouth so we can find the sore spot and adjust the denture for you.
2. Don’t overwork your dentures, they are artificial. If you had a wooden leg you wouldn’t expect to run a mile in four minutes, so take it easy. Learn slowly to use your new teeth. No one can teach you how to wear your dentures. It will take time for you to learn the best technique to chew.
3. Talking and eating will be difficult at first. Your mouth will seem full of water (saliva) and your tongue will feel boxed-in. Don’t try to eat a juicy steak, fresh apples, corn on the cob, and similar foods, for the first few weeks. Gradually change from soft foods to harder varieties, but avoid sticky foods.
4. Keep your dentures clean to prevent staining and bad breath. Brush them at least twice a day (in your hand). You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night, depending on your preference. If the dentures are out of your mouth, leave them soaking in a water and mouthwash solution.
5. Cleaning the Dentures – and Your Mouth. Your dentures can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and toothpaste. Denture soaks are also useful for the denture. Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them. You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night, depending on your preference. If they are out of your mouth, leave them soaking in a water-and-mouthwash solution.
6. The Future. Your jawbones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing. This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures. Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us once per year. We will inform you when relining or rebasing of the dentures is necessary. Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Even dentures that “fit” comfortably need to be checked along with your tissue.