What should I expect with my new dentures?
So you’ve received your beautiful smile and are ready to confidently mingle once again with the world. With that being said, new dentures do often take time to get used to. Typically, it can take between a few days to a few weeks before you feel your new dentures are as comfortable, as in breaking in a new pair of jeans. Initially, you may experience excessive saliva flow which usually subsides within a few hours. You may experience a bit of difficulty in your speech. We suggest practicing your speech and phonetics in front of the mirror. Don’t be alarmed, as that too usually only takes a few days to resolve it. You may also experience soreness on your gums, biting of your cheeks and/or tongue. We suggest rinsing your mouth with warm water and salt, 2-3 times per day. When this occurs, we encourage you to call your Denturist to book an adjustment appointment. Adjustments are usually very quickly done and more often than not resolve the issue(s) so that you can continue with your new smile comfortably.
How do you know if you need a new denture?
The general life of dentures can range from 5 to 10 years with good hygiene practices and regular relining. This time frame is unique to each individual. One person may have a harder bite which would cause the denture teeth to wear faster than others. There are many reasons one should consider replacing their teeth. The overall health and look of the denture base material is one of them. Acrylic like all material has microscopic porous. These porous serve to harbour bacteria which over time dissolves the characteristics of the acrylic. A sign of this would be discoloration of the acrylic from a bright pink colour to a brownish tan colour to a dark brown. It is not recommended for your overall health to continue to wear a denture that shows signs of discoloring. Another sign that you might be ready for a new set is your overall comfort level. You may find that your chewing ability is not quite what it was when you first got your teeth. You might be feeling less confident in a public setting as your teeth move around much more than they have before. You're possible noticing your speech is slurred or are from time to time getting sores on your gums that just keep coming back. At the Denture Health Care Centre we recommend asking your denturist to assess your current dentures to understand and discuss the best treatments specific to you.
What if my denture chips or breaks? What should I do in the meantime?
From time to time, it is not uncommon for a denture to break. Either a tooth came out, or possibly a midline fracture becomes noticeable. We do not recommend repairing your dentures yourself. Improperly repaired dentures with products like crazy glue, does not last and can cause serious adverse effects on your health. As well, attempting to repair a denture improperly can create a situation where a simple repair becomes more complicated or Sometimes even un-repairable. It is understandable the anxiety that may arise with having a broken denture. What do I do for work tomorrow? At the Denture Health Care Centre in Barrie we are accessible during the day 7 days a week as well we have created an emergency on call service that runs between 6 Pm to 11 Pm, Mon through Sun.
I've had my dentures for years, and I am experiencing pain or soreness while eating. What's happening?
There could be a number of reasons why dentures may become uncomfortable after years of wear and tear. Your Jawbones are always changing and it is likely that your dentures are not quite stable as they once were. There has developed a space in some areas of your dentures between the base of the dentures and your receding jaw bone. This causes the denture to move around and cause sores . It might be time for a reline or a new denture. Consult with your denturist so that he or she may evaluate the best course of action for your specific situation.
What is a reline and why is it important?
What is a soft liner?
Soft liners are a medical grade soft polymer material that is added to the tissue side of a denture. It acts like a cushion for the underside of your denture. Soft liners can be added to new or old dentures. This procedure is recommended in situations where there is large bone loss , typical in situations where the individual has been without their natural teeth for a fair amount of time or for those whose bite is strong causing excessive pressure on the gums. The cushion quality of the material greatly improves comfort.
How do you clean dentures?
Did we answer your questions?
If we have not answered all your questions or you may have a question about the information we have provided, please feel free to call us and we will be glad to take the time to discuss further. At the Denture Health Care Centre in Barrie our team of Denturists are committed to you, your health , and your every day confident smiles.