At-Home Instructions for Dentures
New removable appliances always require a period of adjustment. First-time removable appliance patients may require several weeks to get used to their new appliance. For denture patients, speech may be altered and may require adaptation of the tongue and lips.
For the first few days, you should wear your dentures as long as possible and chew soft food in small bites. Remember, dentures do not have the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth and may affect the taste of food. It is not unusual for sore spots to develop in isolated areas of the mouth. If your bite feels uneven after several days, we can adjust your new denture for better comfort. Contact us to arrange the best time for you to come in. After eating, rinse your mouth and denture with water then put it back in. Do not wear your denture to bed. It is important to allow your gum tissue and jaw bone to rest in order to prevent further tissue irritation, infection, and future bone shrinkage.
Cleaning your Appliance:
Proper cleaning of your removable appliance is important to prevent stains and bacteria from accumulating on your appliance, making it smell or taste bad which can lead to gum infection and the risk of tooth decay. Thoroughly brush your teeth, gums and appliance in the morning and before bed at night – using a soft toothbrush.
- Do not use toothpaste, as it is abrasive and can damage your denture.
- Do not use hot water to clean or soak your appliance as it will warp and no longer fit.
- Soaking your appliance in an equal mix of white vinegar and water for 15-20 minutes every 2-4 weeks as needed will reduce any retained bacteria.
Fit of your Appliance:
Over time, or with weight loss or gain, the supporting gum tissue and bone may change shape and size. Periodic relines of your appliance may be necessary to ensure a retentive fit. For denture patients, the denture teeth may wear or chip over time. For this reason, an annual check of your tissue and denture is recommended.
If you do not wear your appliance for a period of time, you will notice that it will not fit properly. This is due to the natural changes that occur to your jaw bone. In these cases relining or rebasing, or even a new appliance will be recommended.
Immediate Denture: For patients wearing immediate denture do not remove the denture for the first 24 hours after tooth removal. Follow all the post-operative instructions from your oral surgeon/periodontist. Remove the denture after 24 hours and clean using proper care instructions listed above. Keep all your follow up appointments with the doctor who performed the tooth removal(s). Your denture will loosen up as your gums and bone heal. At this stage, you will need to come in for a reline appointment for a better fit of the immediate denture, or a new appliance may need to be fabricated.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (952) 956-6700.