FAQ's about Dentures

How do dentures feel?

New dentures will feel a little awkward until you become used to them. They might feel loose until the cheek and tongue muscles learn to hold them in position. It is not unusual to feel minor irritation or soreness at first. Regular adjustments can do a lot to relieve any soreness.

Do dentures ever need to be replaced?

We find that dentures need to be relined, remade, or rebased every so often because of normal wear and tear. Shrinkage of gum and bone tissue will also affect the fit. If changes in your mouth are significant, new dentures may be recommended.

Is it hard to eat while wearing dentures?

It can take a little practice. Start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. As you become used to your dentures, you can return to your normal diet.

Are there foods you should avoid if you wear dentures?

There are only a few eating restrictions for denture wearers. Avoid biting down directly on crunchy or hard foods like whole apples, hard pretzels or crusty bread. Dentures can crack if you bite down on hard surfaces.

Are dental adhesives necessary?

Today's dentures have been significantly improved through advances in both dental and materials technologies. As a result, dentures that fit properly usually don't require adhesives to hold them in place. When you are just getting used to dentures, adhesives may be helpful at first.

A loose denture is a sign that it's not fitting in your mouth correctly. At first, you may notice the denture slipping when you laugh, smile or cough. The more you wear the dentures, the better you'll be able to control their movements in situations like these.

If your mouth has insufficient bone structure, dental implants may be needed to hold the dentures in place.

How do you clean dentures?

Begin by rinsing away loose food particles. Then, moisten a toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

How many times a day does the denture need to be cleaned?

Dentures should be cleaned two to three times a day.

What about good oral hygiene?

In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth is vitally important. Brushing the gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures stimulates your tissues, helps remove plaque and keeps your mouth healthy.