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Instructions For Patients With Dentures
You may have been using dentures for a long time. Or you may have just got them recently. In either case, you are prone to have a variety of doubts regarding this equipment. Here, we are trying to provide answers for many of those
questions, which can come up in your mind, during your initial weeks of getting used to your new dentures.
The initial adjustment period is definitely going to be a bit hard. Do not lose hope. This is the common story of most people who get new dentures. If some one tries to tell you that getting accustomed to dentures is easy, they may be one among the few with much better bone structure and gum structure. They could be simply lying about their true experience. Get your dentist's help to get over any sticky situations arising out of your new dentures. More about family dentistry Milton, here
Dentures for your lower teeth might be the harder ones for your mouth to get adjusted to the upper ones. Your tongue may try to get rid of the dentures and gain more freedom for it to move around. But it will be used to the new dentures
in a few weeks time.
You will feel like having too much stuff in your mouth and the saliva production would be at a higher level than otherwise. You may find an uncomfortable feeling or looseness about your lower dentures until you get used to it.
During the initial days with your new dentures, eat softer food items. Later you can slowly change to harder foods while chewing slowly and also by putting equal amount of food on either side of your mouth. This way, you are putting even amounts of pressure on all sides of your denture and thus enable it to adjust better and faster.
Learn by eating smaller pieces of food items. Go for big bites only after gaining some more practice. Whenever you start to bite some thing off, try to use your back teeth so as to spread the pressure evenly.
During the initial period, people are known to feel sore at some pressure points. This is quite normal until the gums get used to the near by hard plastic denture. In case you have sore areas in your gums, wear the denture continuously for a day's time before you go to your dentist. This way, the dentist can see the sore spot easily and undertake the required adjustments.
If you practice to read aloud during the initial few days, that will help in mastering any speech problems that may arise. Some times you may have to get your dentist's help in getting over these problems.
If you do not clean your denture properly, that will spoil your smile and can cause health problems. Make a habit of cleaning the denture every morning and night using a denture brush and toothpaste. You can leave the denture in baking soda solution while you sleep or make use of any denture cleaners to get good results. And make sure you are using the right denture cleaners for your false tooth. Some commercial denture cleaners can adversely affect the material of your denture and you need to clarify this with your dentist.
It would be best for you to leave your dentures outside while sleeping. This will be a time for your gums to relax from the constant pressure exerted by the dentures. In order to prevent warpage while they are out of your mouth, leave
your dentures in water.
Never use large quantities of denture adhesive in order to hold any wrong size denture in place. This may lead to worse problems and need for severe adjustments in the future.
You will be gaining new gum tissues all the time. But there is no change for your dentures. As such it may become necessary that you may have to get your dentures relined every now and then. In case you feel that the dentures are
becoming looser and mastication is becoming tougher, then this is a sure sign that you need to get relining. Stick to your routine dentist visits as he can constantly keep track of your oral health and offer you any additional
procedures, as they are needed. Typically dentures need redoing or relining every 5 years or so.
Any resizing of your dentures should be left to your dentist. If you try your hand at this, that can provide disastrous results.
Always contact your dentist to gain any further clarifications or remedies to any unexpected problems.Singly or
in combination, all of these procedures can create an inviting and confidence-building smile.