Dentures Post Op Instructions
The following information is to assist you in learning how to use and properly care for your new denture.
Breaking in Period
New dentures require a breaking in period before they become comfortable. It is normal to feel awkward at first with your new dentures. This length of time varies with each patient depending on their ability, determination, and perseverance to learn how to use their denture.
If you had teeth removed immediately prior to placing your denture, it may begin to feel loose. This is due to the gum shrinkage that occurs as the gums heal. Complete healing of the gums and bone takes about 3-6 months. During this period, your dentures will loosen and a temporary liner can be placed to keep it relatively snug. A temporary liner will need to be placed several times throughout the healing period to keep the denture secure. Denture adhesives can also help to keep your denture in place. Once the healing process is complete, a permanent liner will be placed to allow for a better fit.
Soreness from uneven pressure on the gums can develop at any time and is not unusual. If any sore spots develop, please call our office to set up an appointment for an adjustment. Sore spots are best corrected if the dentures are worn at least 3-6 hours before your adjustment appointment to allow for precise detection of the area.
Start with soft foods that are easy to chew. Take small bites and chew slowly. Be sure to evenly distribute food on both sides. Cutting up foods that require a lot of chewing or biting with the front teeth can make it much easier. Eating with dentures has a bit of a learning curve, but eventually you will be able to advance your diet to incorporate different foods.
Learning to talk with your new dentures in place also requires patience. Try reading out loud whenever you can to make this process go faster.
It is important to rinse a full/partial denture under warm water after eating to remove food debris. Hot or boiling water can cause the denture to warp. Dentures should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush or denture brush using warm water, mild soap, or cleaning paste. While not wearing your denture, be sure to soak in water. Cleaning tablets can be used while soaking the denture to help remove slight stains. After soaking your denture, be sure to rinse it with warm water before putting it back into mouth; mouthwash can also be used after rinsing to give you a fresh taste and feeling.
Caring for Mouth and Gum Tissue
Anytime you are not wearing your denture, be sure to soak in water or denture solution, otherwise the acrylic will dry out overtime and cause the denture not to fit as well. It is important to take your denture out at night to allow your tissues to breath. This helps to avoid irritation and infection of the gum tissue. While your full/partial denture is out of your mouth, take use a damp washcloth or a very soft toothbrush with warm water to clean the tissues inside of your mouth. Rinsing daily with lukewarm saltwater can also help keep your gums clean.