New Dentures Advice
Congratulations on your new dentures! After a grueling 3-4 visits (or more!!), you finally can chew and smile with your new teeth. As you know, dentures are not your real teeth, so you need to take extra care of them. Please read through the following instructions, and you will enjoy your dentures for your long time.
- Do not wear them at night when you sleep! First reason is because the mouth needs time to recover and self clean a few hours a day. Also, saliva flow is the lowest at night, which means bacteria can stay longer. So leaving things in the mouth at night gives you a higher chance of getting tooth decay and gum disease.
- Secondly, leaving the dentures in the mouth means there is constant pressure on the gums from the dentures. This causes an increased risk of gum recession, and over a period of time you may find the dentures have sunk in, and your own teeth have grown longer!! AND, you may not notice it, but sometimes we clench our teeth at night, and that pushes the dentures even more!
- When you are not wearing your dentures, keep them in a glass of water. The dentures may deform if it is left out too long.
- Clean your dentures with a soft toothbrush and soapy water. Clean your own teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If you don’t have your own teeth, use mouthwash (eg Listerine). Please look at the oral hygiene page for more information about brushing your teeth. Toothpaste can be too abrasive for the denture and can wear it away.
- Sterilize your dentures with Steradent for a few hours once a week. This gets rid of the nasty bugs we miss during regular cleaning. However, sterilizing the denture too often may bleach the pink part of the denture.
- Regular checkups are important, even if you don’t have any teeth. That way the dentist can keep up with your oral health and health in general.
If you had some teeth taken out prior to receiving your dentures, you should expect your dentures to become loose over the next few months. As the tooth sockets heal, the gums will shrink. The healing should stabilize in about 3 months and you may need a reline to help the dentures fit again.
If you have trouble with the dentures, eg it digs into the gums, let us know so we can adjust it. Don’t leave it out for too long because the teeth in your mouth can move and dentures may not fit again.