When you get your partial dentures, it is essential that they effectively offer you service while being comfortable to wear. You should, however, note that false or artificial teeth may not be as efficient as your natural teeth. Also, it may take time for you to adjust to them. If they cause pain, you should let your dentist know. Don't persevere! Here are some tips for maintaining your partial dentures.
Inserting and Removing Your Dentures
With dentures, there is a rule of the thumb that requires you never to use force when either inserting or removing them. Your dentist should show you how to insert and remove them before you leave the clinic and may expect you to illustrate to make sure you can do it on your own.
Expectation: Chewing and Talking
Don't expect to be comfortable during the first few days or weeks. You can start by feeding on soft foods and proceed to harder foods slowly as you are getting used to your new dentures. You may also realise that your speech may sound different. As you adapt, it will improve and may get back to how you were talking before. If not, it may get close enough.
Your dentist will give you information on how to achieve this and may also demonstrate. However, note a few things. Remember that your dentures replace teeth you have lost, and you do not want to lose any more, keeping good oral hygiene will help achieve this.
There are two areas you need to clean: your dentures and your natural teeth. After removing your dentures, you can run water over them to remove food particles and then brush them. Avoid hot water or abrasive chemicals. Normal toothpaste is enough.
Handle your dentures gently to avoid damage or bending. Also, be careful not to drop them. Once they are clean place them safely in a glass or cup and brush your natural teeth and tongue. Wearing your dentures can tire your mouth, and that is why it is recommended to remove them overnight and soak them. Soaking helps them stay moist and retain their shape.
What Do You Do If You Break Damage Your Dentures?
Avoid trying to repair them! You might make them worse and give your dentist a hard time fixing. You can also get mouth injuries if they aren't repaired correctly. The best solution is to carry them to your dentist, and that does not mean in your mouth!
Hello, my name is Jack. I am now 79 years old. As you can imagine, my teeth have taken something of a battering over the years. I lost a couple of teeth in a bar fight, four more decayed and one had to be extracted when it became infected. After losing so many teeth, my dentist suggested that I have dentures fitted. I was worried about this but my dentist was really great. He helped explain the procedure and then did an excellent job. I love my new dentures and I wanted to start this blog to offer help to others.