Has your dentist or prosthodontist recommended dentures? Are you getting mixed emotions? If so, you’re not alone. People of all ages have great-fitting dentures that boost their oral health as well as their self-confidence.
Here’s what you need to know about your new prosthesis.
Adjustment Period – When you first begin wearing dentures, they can feel strange, bulky and awkward. You may also notice an increase in saliva production, a sensitive gag reflex, a funny taste or even slurred speech. After wearing your denture routinely, you will slowly begin to feel more comfortable wearing them. If they continue to be bothersome after a few weeks with no improvement, contact your dentist or prosthodontist to see if an adjustment is necessary.
Denture Adhesive Isn’t Needed – A perfectly fitted denture should stay in place without denture adhesive. How? Because of the close seal between your prosthesis and your gum tissue. If your denture won’t stay in place without adhesive, then ask about having them relined.
Use a Soft Denture Brush– You should clean your dentures twice a day with a soft brush. Be sure not to use the same one that you use on any existing teeth. Then, allow your denture to soak overnight in a cleaning solution. The tissue in your mouth needs a time to rest, and should also be gently brushed daily to clean away food debris.
Schedule Regular Checkup Appointments – You should have your dentures checked regularly. These visits allow us to screen for oral infection, disease, and make adjustments to your prosthesis if necessary.
Do you have more questions about dentures?
Call us at Hammond Pond! We can help you create a confident, comfortable new smile from start to finish with a new set of custom fitted dentures.