Success in wearing a denture depends more upon you than upon any other factor. If you meet the challenge with determination, you will be surprised at the short time it will take you to achieve mastery.
Dentures are replacements for natural teeth, but they are not teeth. A denture is a sophisticated acrylic appliance used to restore function and esthetics. A patient receiving an artificial eye would not expect restored sight. Thus you must realize that a denture has limitations, and it will never be as satisfactory as natural teeth. However, your experience with the dentures can be very successful.
To help you get off to the right start and to help yours feel like a natural part of you, read “Ten Rules for Denture Wearers”. Together, with our advice and your confident attitude, you can achieve denture satisfaction.
Learning to wear a denture takes time. Follow our advice and don’t become
discouraged. Don’t listen to friends who tell you how easy it was for them. They are
either bragging or their memories are poor.
A lower denture usually takes far longer to master than an upper. Take your time;
don’t worry if your tongue feels strange or restricted. It will soon accustom itself to
the new position. Eventually your tongue will learn to hold the lower denture
stabilizing it during speech.
Eat only soft foods for the first few days, then as you progress to more solid foods,
chew slowly and evenly so that you grow accustomed to managing your denture.
Place food on both sides on the back teeth, and then chew in an up-and-down
motion pushing your food upward to stabilize your denture. The longer you take for
a meal’ the sooner you will master your denture.
Don’t take large bites. Try cutting food into small portions. Do not bite with the front
teeth; they are only for show and a warm friendly smile! The supporting structures
beneath the front of the denture are damaged with biting and severe resorption of
your ridge may result. The back part of your mouth is much better equipped to
withstand biting force.
5) Sore Spots
You will experience some pain and discomfort. When spots develop on the gums,
please call us immediately so we can make a simple adjustment for relief.
If you have a tendency to slurr your words, or your speech seems difficult, then
practice reading aloud in front of the mirror. The old adage “Practice Makes
Perfect”, certainly applies to dentures.
An unclean denture is never healthy, attractive, or comfortable. Clean you denture
every morning and night.
8) Wear and Care
Please remove your denture at night. As any denture may warp if it dries out, keep
your denture in water or a denture cleansing solution when it is out of your mouth.
Coughing, sneezing, and nausea can quickly dislodge the denture. If you feel
things such as this coming on, cover your mouth with your hands or a handkerchief,
or remove the denture.
9) Tissue Change
Remember your gum tissues, like all other tissues in our bodies, change with age.
Your denture will not adapt to these normal changes. Thus, it is important that you
visit us annually for a complete denture checkup. An older denture may be relined
to improve fit, or it may be necessary to have a new denture made.
Never attempt to repair, reline, or adjust your denture in any way. Give us a call so
we can handle this important health matter. An improper, ill-fitting denture can be
very destructive to oral tissues.