Getting Accustomed To Wearing Dentures

When you receive dentures, your dentist will do everything possible to make sure that they fit properly. In most cases, you should not need to use adhesives or pastes in order to keep dentures in place. That said, if your jawbones shrink, you may need adhesives in order to keep dentures from falling out or slipping. If your dentures do not fit properly, ti is very important to see your dentist.

Dentures: Why is Procedure Performed?

In most cases, your dentist will be able to improve the fit of your dentures on the day that you visit. You should not try to repair dentures on your own. Unfortunately, if you do try to make your own repairs, you can cause damage to your gums, and other mouth tissue.

Dentures: Patient Concerns to be Addressed

When you have dentures, it is very important to take them out of your mouth at least once each day. Typically, many people choose to store them in water overnight. You can also use cleansers that are specifically designed to keep your dentures clean. It is also important to clean the glass and change the water/solution in it each day.

Even though your dentures can be removed, it is important to brush them twice a day with a special brush. In addition, you will also need to massage or brush your gums in order to remove food, adhesive, and other particles. Aside from keeping your gums clean, it will also improve circulation.

Dentures: How is Procedure Performed?

As you may be aware, your gums and bones will continue to change even after teeth are removed. For example, your bones will continue to shrink. This is known as bone resorption. Therefore, your dentures will need to be adjusted in order to fit properly. There are two main procedures that your dentist will use to repair your dentures. First, your dentist can make an entirely new base for the denture. This is known as rebasing. In some cases, your dentist will be able to reline the existing base instead. In both cases, it will not be necessary to put new artificial teeth into the denture.

Dentures: Some Information About Relining

As long as the denture teeth and other parts are still in good shape, your dentist may be able to reline the surface that sits on your gums. Typically, this procedure takes from 30 to 60 minutes. You will be able to take the dentures home with you on the same day.

Once your dentist cleans the denture, he/she will remove a small amount of material from the surface that normally rests on your gums. Next, the dentist will use a soft acrylic resin to line the denture. While the resin is soft, you will be asked to place the denture back in your mouth. This will create an impression of your gum, as well as the inside of the denture. Once the resin hardens, it will provide a better fit for your dentures. Your dentist will also polish the surface, and make sure that it fits comfortably.

When getting your dentures relined, you may be able to choose between soft and hard resin. Soft resin will remain flexible. They are usually used if you have problems coping with hard reliners. They will need to be replaced every few months, and are usually not suitable for permanent use. That said, soft reliners can absorb some of the pressure associated with chewing. This can be of immense benefit if you have gum injuries associated with wearing dentures that do not fit properly. Hard reliners are most often used for long term wear. They are not flexible, but usually last much longer. Typically, your dentist will try to use hard reliners whenever possible.

Dentures: Rebasing

When you have your dentures rebased, the entire base will be recreated. While this procedure is less common than relining, it may be necessary for your situation. Typically, you will need to visit your dentist 2 or 3 times in order to complete the rebasing. You may also be without dentures for a day or more.

In order to rebase dentures, your dentist will make molds of your gums, and then send the denture to a lab. A new model will be created for the denture base. From there, the denture teeth will be fitted into place. Once the denture comes back from the lab, your dentist will need to adjust them to fit properly.

Dentures: Choosing Between Relining and Rebasing

While relining is much cheaper, the materials used are not as dense. As a result, your dentures may develop an odour, as well as discoloration. In some cases, you will not be able to avoid the expense associated with rebasing. For example, if the denture base fractures, you may not be able to have it relined.

Post-Operative Concerns

Dentures: Learning to Eat With New Dentures

Even though dentures can help you chew your food, they will never work as well as your regular teeth. In the beginning, it will be of some help to avoid dense meats, sticky foods, and raw vegetables. You should also avoid biting with your front teeth, as well as tearing food in a forward direction. Ideally you should bit using canines and premolars. When you are chewing your food, it will be of some help to chew on both sides, as that will balance the pressure on your dentures.

Unfortunately, people that use dentures tend to have poor diets. It is very important to make sure you get enough Vitamin E, B6, and Zinc. As you may be aware, most of these vitamins are found in meats, vegetables, and fruits.

Dentures: Learning How to Speak With Dentures

When you are getting used to your dentures, you should start off slowly and quietly. It may also be of some help to read aloud in front of a mirror. Eventually, you will have less difficulty as you practice.

Dentures: Other Changes

Many people with new dentures notice an increase in saliva. You amy also find that your dentures will become loose when you sneeze, yawn, or cough. Even though you may notice this issue, ti is not a symptom of dentures that fit improperly.

It is very important to visit your dentists at least twice a year. This will help ensure that your dentures always fit properly, and also help reduce the risk of injury associated with poorly fitting dentures. If you are diabetic, or have immune system issues, you may need to visit more often. When you visit the dentist, he/she will also monitor bone loss, as well as look for signs of infection, bone cancer, and other oral issues.

Dentures: Perils of Disease

Typically, most people do not have allergic reactions to the plastics used to make dentures. If you do have an allergy, other materials can be used instead. In rare cases, you may also have an allergic reaction to one of the metals used in partial dentures. Since this material is no longer used, you are not likely to come in contact with it.

Unfortunately, in the United States alone, 21 million out of 36 million people with dentures have complications. Typically, these issues are caused by observing proper oral hygiene. For the most part, if you follow instructions given by your dentist, you should be able to use dentures without having problems. For example, you can avoid fungal infections by making sure that you eat a proper diet. In a similar way, visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help ensure that your dentures fit properly, and do not cause injuries that can lead to infections.