Complete & Partial Dentures

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CARE BEYOND THE CHAIR

LIVING WITH YOUR COMPLETE DENTURES

The denture you have received is meant to be a replacement for your missing teeth, and to assist you in keeping your oral cavity in good health. It will restore support to the jaw, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance. There are certain points which should be called to your attention to assist you in adjusting to your new denture and taking care of it, if your mouth is to remain healthy.

Eating

Do not try to eat with your new dentures until they are comfortable in your mouth at rest, and for the first few meals, eat soft foods. As you gain confidence you can advance to a normal diet. It will take time before you can eat foods that your natural teeth could manage easily. These foods may now require more preparation with your knife and fork before chewing.

Cleaning

As you will notice, the dentures cover up areas of your mouth not normally covered. This can alter the tissues lining your mouth unless you take steps to stimulate these tissues:

  • Keep your mouth and the dentures meticulously clean. Leave your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It is best to leave them out at night. After eating, wash the dentures with soap and water, but always avoid very hot water and scrub all surfaces with a soft hand brush or a specially designed denture toothbrush.
  • To protect the colour do not use bleaching products or any denture cleaners that have bleach in them. For additional cleaning or for occasional longer soaking, we recommend using white vinegar which cleans while protecting the color tones. Us a 1:1 water and white vinegar mix. Soak the denture in the solution for approximately 15 minutes. Occasionally for stubborn stains leave your denture overnight in a cold solution of water and vinegar. Avoid abrasives, these will remove the polish of the dentures and allow stains to collect more readily.
  • When not in your mouth, your dentures should be kept in water to avoid distortion or drying. To clean and stimulate the mouth, use a medium toothbrush at least once a day on all tissues covered by your dentures. Like natural teeth a plaque like substance forms on your dentures and can cause damage to your mouth if it is not removed at least once a day by brushing.

Maintaining the Fit

As we mentioned, your mouth is an ever changing environment and unfortunately, we cannot make dentures that will follow these changes. Consequently, your dentures will need alterations from time to time to keep up with the changing shape of your mouth and gums. You should have the bite and fit checked at least every six months, because frequently the changes occur so slowly that you are not aware of the developing problems. A well fitting denture can be an aid to health, a poorly fitting denture can, possibly, be destructive. Minor bite alterations and relining will be necessary to prolong their useful life. Never attempt to adjust the dentures yourself.

Problems

  • Sore spots: These minor irritations are very common with new dentures or dentures which have recently been relined. Be patient – adjustments to the fit and bite are to be expected. When a sore spot occurs, leave the dentures out of your mouth and put them back into your mouth three hours before you come back for an adjustment. By wearing the denture before your appointment, you can show us more accurately what is the causing of the problem. Please do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself.
  • Gagging: This is rarely a problem and, if it occurs, frequently it passes quite quickly. If the problems persist, contact our office.
  • Talking: You will probably notice awkwardness at first, especially with certain words. With practice, you will quickly adapt. Reading aloud to yourself can speed up this adaptation.

Come into the office to have your mouth checked at least twice a year.

As a living organ, the mouth supporting a lifeless denture needs regular skilled attention. We will place your name on our recall schedule so you should see us every six months. If you do not hear from us, please phone, it is very important for your health that you do not allow changes to occur unnoticed.

LIVING WITH YOUR REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURES

The partial denture you have received is meant to be a replacement for your missing teeth, and to assist you in keeping your oral cavity in good health. It will restore support to the jaw, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance. There are certain points which should be called to your attention to assist you in adjusting to your new denture and taking care of it, if your mouth is to remain healthy.

Inserting

Never bite the denture into place. When you wish to put the partial in your mouth, slide it into place with your thumb and index finger.

Removing

Avoid handling the clasps or other thin metal posts. They have been made to fit accurately and can be easily damaged. Hold by the plastic or large metal sections, with your thumb and index finger and withdraw in the path used for insertion, use light finger pressure.

Home care for your teeth and your new partial denture

Clean your teeth thoroughly at least once a day

Plaque and calculus can cause irreversible damage to both the gums and bone that supports your teeth. Plaque will tend to build up more easily because you are wearing a partial. Floss and a soft toothbrush are still the best tools to clean your natural teeth. A remineralizing rinse is also recommended.

Clean your partial denture thoroughly at least once a day.

Use a soft nail brush, or a special denture brush with warm (not hot) soapy water. A pipe cleaner or small tufted tooth brush will help you clean in and around the clasps. Be sure to clean your partial over a sink of water, to reduce the risk of damage if it drops! Finish your cleaning with toothpaste, to improve the taste.

Rinse your mouth and partial after eating.

This helps to prevent food from being held in places that it can’t be rinsed out of by your saliva, and maintains comfort.

Any buildup of hard deposits or stains show that you need to improve your cleaning methods and it would be beneficial to schedule a thorough cleaning with one of our hygienists.

Denture Wear

Sleeping with your denture is normally not advised, except in special cases. Unless recommended otherwise, remove our denture during sleeping, and store it in water so the plastic will not dry out and become distorted.

Eating

A nutritious diet is not only necessary for general body health, but also to keep the mouth tissues healthy. You may have to alter some biting and chewing habits, so begin by eating a soft diet and gradually change to normal foods.

Problems

Should it hurt?

No! However, you can expect a little discomfort at first. Please inform us of any continuing discomfort or sore spots. We can usually remove such problems quickly. Do not try to adjust the denture yourself.

Talking

You will probably notice awkwardness at first, especially with certain words. You may also notice that you produce more saliva at first that you normally do. With practice, you will quickly adapt, and you will notice your saliva levels will return to normal shortly.

Taste

A strange metallic or bitter taste can occur sometimes but will disappear quickly.

Your partial denture is sitting in a living and changing mouth. It is very important that you keep its home clean. We want o help you keep your mouth in a healthy and comfortable condition but we do need your help. At your regular recall appointments we will watch for any small changes that may be occurring and will take any necessary steps to minimize them.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.