Complete Dentures After Care Instructions

Jun 24, 2014   //   by Bituin   //   After Care  //  No Comments

Losing your natural teeth shouldn’t keep you from smiling. Take care of your dentures well and you’re sure to get that beautiful smile back.

  1. Most new dentures require an adjustment period. This period will require the patient and the dentist to work together for the best result for you and your dentures. Start slowly with a new denture. Eat easier softer foods first before attempting to chew more challenging foods. Also, practice speaking with your new teeth. Even if your new dentures are very similar to a previous set, there will differences that will require you to learn to eat and speak all over again. Dentures will not fit as well as they can initially. It generally takes several days for a new set of dentures to settle into the tissue of the mouth.
  2. Adjustments can then be made based on your experiences. Any soreness of the gums, looseness, difficulties with chewing, or difficulties in speech can be evaluated. You dentist can than make necessary adjustments or give you suggestions for dealing with any concerns that you have. We assume that the new denture will have sore spots and need a couple of adjustments. They may initially cause pain because the wearer is not used to the fit. Be sure to make the necessary appointment for the adjustment. In preparation for the adjustment appointment, they need to be sure we can see the sore place. Therefore, it’s important for the patient to continue to wear the denture in spite of the sore spot, or we may be unable to help them. The pain should lessen after an adjustment and once his or her mouth gets used to the dentures. Remember not to make adjustments or repairs yourself.
  3. Arrange and stick to a regular check-up schedule. It is still important to visit your dentist even if you don’t have your natural teeth anymore. Your dentist will be able to help you take care of your dentures and detect oral infections and other mouth problems that would require to be treated immediately.
  4. Future appointments may be necessary to adjust the fit of your complete denture and monitor for sore spots and retention. A denture adhesive may be used if more retention is desired.
  5. 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 the shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us at least every six (6) months. 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. Remember a new denture should be made about every 5-7 years or when the dentures cannot be used comfortably. One sign that it might be time for a replacement is the overuse denture adhesive cream. If you are using more than one tube of denture cream every three weeks, your denture is already loose.

Congratulations on your beautiful new smile! All of us here at Dentista, Inc. would like to thank you, for letting us change your smile & life! If your friends wonder why you are smiling so much, tell them about us. Thank you for trusting us with your complete dentures and we look forward to serve you or anyone you refer to us in the future with the same courtesy and respect.

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