What To Expect
Normally it takes time to adjust to new dentures. Even if you had dentures before, you will notice that it takes time to get used to a new set.
Fullness - A sense of fullness can be normal with a new set of dentures. Your tongue and muscles will adapt and you will notice improvement over time, usually within one to two weeks.
Eating – It takes time to get used to chewing with new dentures. The teeth may be sharper, your bite will be different, and your muscles may want to chew like you did with your natural teeth or previous denture. Eat softer foods at first and chew slowly for the first few days. If you don’t have much bone ridge left to support the dentures, you may find hard foods difficult to chew, even after you get used to your new denture.
Speech – Occasionally there can be a temporary change with speech if the position of your teeth has been changed dramatically. Your speech will soon return to normal.
Sore Spots – It is common to have sore spots after you get new dentures. Gum tissue can be pinched between the denture and bone, and sores may develop. If this happens, see your dentist for an adjustment. You may need several adjustments after receiving a new denture.
Denture patients should see their dentist at least once a year. The bone which supports dentures gradually shrinks, and the dentures must be refitted over time. This will vary depending on individual mouth conditions. As well, everyone with or without natural teeth should have an intra-oral exam completed yearly to detect or rule out any pathology.
Rest your mouth tissues when possible. The gum tissues are not meant to be covered all the time. If possible, remove your dentures at night. If not possible try to find a time during the day to remove your denture to allow tissues to breathe. This allows the gums to remain healthier and allows the denture to fit better for a longer period of time. Place your denture in a container with water overnight.
- Whenever possible, clean your denture after each meal and before sleep.
- Use a soft or long bristled brush to clean the inside and outside surfaces of the denture.
- Use a denture toothpaste or liquid dish detergent with a toothbrush.
- Soak the denture overnight in a commercial cleaner of your choice (e.g. Efferdent, Polident)
- A home-made solution of 1 tbsp of bleach to 1 cup of water can be used occasionally to remove stain (do not use on metal frameworks as bleach will corrode the metal). For stubborn stains, try full strength vinegar for one hour at a time.
- Your dental office can clean your denture in an ultrasonic cleaner at your yearly check-up.