New Dentures Post-Operative Instructions
Follow up assessments for all new dentures
Sunnyvale Dental Care routinely schedules follow up appointment, within one week of any new dentures delivery. This allows Dr Antonious to discuss any concerns you may have regarding adapting to or wearing your new dentures. Where necessary any denture adjustments will be made at this appointment to ensure our patients are completely happy with their new dentures.
What to expect when getting new dentures
New dentures might feel strange in the beginning, even if they have been made to closely resemble your own natural teeth or some previous dentures. You may feel that they are larger than expected and that you are producing excessive quantities of saliva, or that your speech is not clear. These sensations should lessen over a few days as your mouth gets used to the feel of the new teeth. You may also feel that it will be obvious to everyone you meet that you are wearing new dentures. Remember, most people that you meet throughout the day take you ‘on face value’, they are interested in you and not specifically your teeth. People who know you well may notice that you are looking different, but often they cannot tell what it is that has improved your appearance.
Adapting to new partial dentures
As partial dentures rest on natural teeth you may experience some tenderness as these teeth become accustomed to supporting a new prosthesis. Even healthy natural teeth have tendency to move slightly within there delicate ligaments, you may notice your partial denture is slightly tighter when placed in your mouth after periods of not wearing them, for example first thing in the morning. Any initial tenderness should settle within a few weeks if in doubt consult with your Dentist.
Adapting to new dentures
None of us has a natural ability to wearing new dentures. There are some skills which have to be learned in order to be able to use them well. Mostly these skills are learned automatically but very occasionally it can be difficult for some people. While the muscles of the tongue, cheeks, and lips etc. are getting used to learning how to hold your dentures in place it can be helpful to use a denture fixative to help things. This is particularly the case with a complete lower denture which usually relies solely on muscular control to keep it in place.
Speaking with new dentures
Some speech sounds, particularly ‘S’ and ‘Sh’ are affected by the shape that the tongue makes against the teeth and palate at the front of the mouth. If the position of the teeth has been altered slightly, or the palate is changed in shape it can take a little while for the tongue to learn how to make the right shape to make the sound come out absolutely correctly, try reading aloud to practice. Things will improve, but only if you give them the chance to – they will not improve if you keep going back to an old set of teeth.
Eating with new dentures
With eating, it is not sensible to expect to be able to manage very hard chewy or sticky foods immediately with new dentures. You need to get used to the new feel, and how the teeth work for you. So choose relatively soft foods to start with and don’t try to eat too fast. Dentures or false teeth that incorporate lingualised occlusion techniques do provide improved chewing function, however you may need a little time to adapt to eating.
Cleaning new dentures
It is important to clean your new dentures thoroughly and follow the aftercare denture instructions provided by Sunnyvale Dental Care.
Wearing new dentures
It is advisable that you wear your new false teeth as much as possible initially. However it is advisable to remove your dentures, ideally at night, or if that is not possible for an hour or so during the day, to allow your mouth and gums adjust to wearing them.
Dentures Sore Spots
It is not uncommon to develop a few sore areas with new dentures. Your follow up evaluation for your new dentures will allow your dentist to carefully adjust the parts of your dentures that may be causing any problems. If the sore areas become too painful contact us and we will arrange an appointment.
Looking after your natural teeth and gums with new partial dentures
If you wear partial dentures it is vital that you look after your natural teeth and gums, by visiting your Dentist regularly. You should also adopt a regular oral hygiene maintenance program, and clean both your partial dentures and your natural teeth and gums.
Maintaining your new implant retained dentures
Your Dentist will advise you on the most appropriate cleaning routine for maintaining the health of you dental implants and implant supported dentures.
Dentures retained on dental implants require a high level of cleaning and maintenance to ensure that they can last you a long time.
New dentures storage and handling
Storing your dentures correctly will help keep them in tip top condition. Care should be taken with your new dentures, although they are secure and strong inside your mouth they can be easily damaged when outside your mouth and not in use. When not being used your dentures should be stored in a secure container, preferably in clean water, dentures are designed to absorb and retain a small quantity of water. You should also remove your dentures occasionally during any given 24 hour period to give your tissues a chance to recover from the pressure caused by wearing them. Some people opt to wear their dentures at night and remove their dentures during quiet times in the day, the most appropriate time will be for you to decide. Do not attempt to adjust any metal components of your new dentures yourself, that may result in part of your denture fracturing.
Metal or chrome dentures should not be cleaned with hypochlorite solutions because these can tarnish and discolor the alloys used to manufacture them, again these dentures should be stored in a secure strong container when not in use. Dentures should be kept well away from extremes of hot and cold, as either can cause your dentures to warp and distort
Personalizing your new dentures
In some instances you may need to add your name to your dentures. We now offer this facility to our patients, denture identification can now also be used in hospitals and institutions to help health care professionals.