How long will it take to get used to wearing a denture?

For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. However your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.

How long should I wear the denture?

You will be given specific instructions on how to wear your denture. Initially you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Call us as soon as a sore spot occurs. Your denture will need adjusting to fit more comfortably.

Will it be difficult to eat with a denture?

Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.

Will the denture change how I speak?

It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. Consequently, wearing a partial denture may help. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words with your new denture, practice reading out lout. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with you denture.

How do I take care of my denture?

Handling a denture requires care. It’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just incase you drop the denture. Brush the denture with a denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush daily. Brushing will help prevent permanent staining and remove food deposits and plaque. You can use a mild dishwashing soap or a recommended denture cleaner. Toothpastes are too abrasive, and can cause damage to the denture. A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished, therefore a proper method will be recommended for you to keep your denture in good shape.

Will my denture need adjusting?

When you first receive your denture, it is very common to have it adjusted several times before it is the perfect fit. Over time the denture may need adjusting also. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fir of the denture. If the denture feels loose, or if you are developing a sore spot, call our office right away.

Special Instructions

-Do not attempt to adjust or repair your denture. A denture that is not adjusted by a dentist can cause irritation and sores.

-Brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth daily help prevent tooth decay. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture’s metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay.

-Regular checkups are very important, even if you have no teeth. Proper screening for oral cancer, gum issues, maintaining proper bone structure, and correct fitting of appliance is necessary.