How long will it take before my new dentures feel comfortable?
It will generally take you a while to get used to wearing dentures, whether it’s for the first time or if you’ve just had them replaced. The time this takes will differ from person to person, and can take anything from a few weeks to a few months. Most new dentures are slightly higher than previous teeth and your mouth muscles will need time to adapt to the new teeth.
Eating, drinking and speaking with your new dentures will take a little time to master, but with patience and practice, you’ll soon be comfortable and confident in doing these things with dentures in place.
Why do I get sore spots from my new dentures?
New dentures can often rub and cause sore spots just after they’ve been fitted, as your mouth takes time to adapt to them. If this problem persists for more than half a day, we can adjust the dentures for you. If you’re experiencing pain or have developed mouth ulcers as a result, you should visit our clinic for professional treatment. Your gums will not “toughen up” so it’s important to ensure your dentures have been fitted correctly.
Why don’t my dentures fit anymore?
Over time, all gums shrink and this is especially true following the removal of teeth. With this in mind, dentures will always have to be relined after two to three years, and remade after about six to seven years. It’s important to have regular check-ups as badly fitting dentures will damage your mouth.
How long will my dentures take to feel comfortable?
Getting used to your new dentures will take time. We recommend beginning by eating softer foods and cutting them into small pieces, before moving onto more difficult foods. The most important thing is to be patient and not expect too much too soon.
When should I see my prosthetist again?
We encourage our patients to contact us if they’re experiencing any problems or have any questions about their new dentures.
Why do I have to remove my dentures when I go to bed?
It’s important to always remove your dentures before you go to sleep, as it will allow your gums to ‘breathe’. All mouths have a natural population of fungus and bacteria that is usually kept within normal counts through drinking, eating and swallowing. However, when your dentures are in your mouth, they provide the perfect protective environment for these bacteria. Failure to remove dentures will only encourage a breeding ground for bacteria under the dentures, causing damage and pain to your gums. We advise that you soak your dentures in water overnight to prevent this.
How do I clean my dentures?
Proper maintenance of your dentures will ensure healthy gums and we recommend washing them with soap and water, avoiding toothpaste, which is more abrasive. Polident Fresh Cleanse is a good alternative toothpaste for dentures as it’s much gentler. Regular cleaning of your dentures is as important as cleaning your natural teeth, as it will prevent plaque build-up.
- Soak your dentures once a week in water, adding a tablespoon of a chlorine-based domestic cleaner such as Miltons, Napisan or White King to sterilize them. Leave them in the solution for just 10 minutes
, then remove them, brush them and leave the dentures in water overnight.
- If you have any stains on your dentures which you cannot remove, simply return them to us for a professional clean.
Is there anything I can use to clean both my natural teeth and my dentures?
Sensodyne Total Care Gel is great for using with partial dentures, as it benefits both the dentures and your natural teeth and gums. The dental industry uses a standard measure of RDA for the abrasion of toothpastes. The average toothpaste is around RDA 100, with Sensodyne Total Care rated at RDA 49 .
Do I still need to brush my natural teeth when I wear a partial denture?
Yes. It’s important to continue brushing your natural teeth and gums, removing the dentures first and cleaning them separately. We also recommend that you visit your dentist regularly to maintain the health of any remaining natural teeth.