Complete or partial denture (removable teeth) can replace lost teeth, improve function and provide you the confidence to smile.
These false teeth are designed to look as natural as possible, blending in with any of your remaining teeth, they are usually made from different materials most commonly acrylic and metal.
I just received my new denture
Allow time to adjust to your new dentures, especially if it is the first time, they will naturally feel different from your teeth. It is common to feel, some level of discomfort as you adjust to your new dentures and don’t be too worried if you produce more saliva than usual this will reduce with time.
Eating foods with a denture?
When getting started with your new dentures, try to begin with eating soft foods to get used to the feel of your new dentures. By chewing on both sides of the mouth it will create an even pressure on the denture teeth, keeping the denture in place.
It may be useful to cut the foods into smaller pieces so you don’t have to do as much chewing as well, and it’s a great habit to rinse your denture with water after eating to remove any trapped food.
How do I maintain my denture?
Just like your natural teeth it is important to care and clean your dentures regularly. Dentures can accumulate plaque, stains and calculus.
If the denture is not cleaned appropriately the left-over biofilm (plaque and calculus) can contribute to denture related problems.
Brush your dentures daily – remove your dentures daily and brush them with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Avoid brushing with toothpaste or anything abrasive as you do not want to scratch the acrylic surface of your denture.
Soak your dentures overnight – soak your dentures overnight in a cup or bowl, with a denture-soaking solution. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions accordingly. Make sure you rinse the denture with water before putting them into your mouth, to ensure there is no denture soaking solution left.
Schedule regular dental checkups – It is recommended to have your dentures examined by your Dentist every 6 months. Your dentist Canberra will be able to check for proper fit and to check sure everything in the mouth is healthy. Over a period of time, due to the changing shape of your mouth the denture may require minor adjustments.
It is advised to contact our dental professionals if your dentures:
- Feel uncomfortable
- Move around or no longer fit properly
- Make a noise when eating
- Are broken or worn
Or if you develop symptoms such as:
- Sore mouth / spots
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
Dentures are a great option to improve the function of chewing and allowing many to smile with confidence. By ensuring you are taking care of your denture teeth, it can help extend its life and help maintain a healthy mouth.
Get in contact with us if you have any concerns or are interested in dentures.