|Will chewing and
speaking be different?
Somewhat. At first you might find it hard
to chew and speak since you have something in your
mouth that you are not use to. This is normal. As time
passes by, your tongue will get used to the appliance
and the spaces that have been filled.
At first you may choose a soft or liquid diet, also
cutting food in smaller bites might help. Make sure to
avoid sticky or hard foods. Your dentures might need
adjustments, especially if you get sore spots. Always
check-up with your dentist.
How long will it take to get used to replacement
Every patient is different. Some patients
adapt immediately. For others, it may take a little
Patients who choose to undergo full extractions and
have immediate dentures placed should leave the
dentures in until the postoperative appointment, which
is usually 24 hours after delivering the immediate
dentures. During healing, the dentures should be left
in most of the time because the immediate denture acts
as a 'bandage', giving support to the oral tissues as
It is required that the immediate denture be
relined within four to six months. This is to
accommodate the space created by shrinkage of the
supporting bone tissue during healing.
You should remove the dentures every evening.
Remember however, if the denture is removed, it must
not be allowed to dry out as this causes shrinking or
distortion of the material causing ill fitting. Always
soak the removable denture in water until returning
them to your mouth.
If you wear a partial denture, make certain that
when you floss and brush your natural teeth, that you
take special care to clean around the clasps, as
trapped food particles, may cause these abutment teeth
to be more susceptible to decay.
Should denture adhesive be
Generally, you shouldn't need them. A
well-fitted denture will adhere to the oral tissues
with the natural aid of saliva and suction. In fact,
some denture adhesives actually distort the denture
material, which may make the fit worse! Check with
your dentist before routinely beginning the practice
of using any denture adhesive material.
- Rinse your dentures after eating to clean them
from food particles using a soft denture brush and
mild liquid soap or denture toothpaste.
- Brush your denture over a folded towel or a sink
full of water. That way, it won't be damaged if you
- Soak your denture in denture cleaner to help
prevent staining and odor.