After Care Following Issue Of Denture
It may take some time to become used to your new denture. It can take between two to four weeks for it to settle properly and it is not unusual to experience some tenderness or discomfort. You may experience an increase in saliva production and difficulty pronouncing some words, rest assured this should return to normal over time.
If you experience a persistent pressure or a spot on your denture that causes irritation or an ulcer on your gum your denture may need adjusting and you will need to make an appointment with your Dentist to rectify this issue.
If you have had a Denture inserted following an extraction or the extraction of multiple teeth your denture may become loose as the gum heals and inflammation goes down. In some cases, the bone may shrink, and this may require your denture to be realigned. A short-term solution is to use a product called Polident which temporarily adheres your denture to your gums during the day. If you require your denture to be adjusted, please call us to schedule an appointment with your Dentist.
- Leave your denture out at night-time – do not wear it to bed. Wearing it 24 hours a day can cause your gum tissues to become irritated and unhealthy.
- It is good practice to place your denture in water overnight (yes, the old glass of water beside be bed!). This avoids the acrylic drying out, which could potentially cause changes in shape or brittleness.
- If you have pets in the house, take care to keep your denture out of their reach – Dogs are notorious for chewing them up!
- Use a toothbrush or denture brush and a mild detergent (Dishwashing liquid or hand soap is ideal) for daily cleaning. Do not use toothpaste on your denture as it can be abrasive on the acrylic.
- Take care not to drop your denture while cleaning it (putting a little water in the bottom of the basin is a good habit, as this will help prevent breakages if you accidentally drop it)
- Do not use excessively hot water to clean your denture – This can melt or warp the acrylic.
- You can also regularly use a Denture Soaking solution, such as Polident or Sterident. These are available at supermarkets and pharmacies. Rinse your denture after using these products.
- Denture adhesives can be helpful if your denture is feeling unretentive. If you do use an adhesive, ensure it is cleaned thoroughly from both your denture and your gums every night.
- Even if you have full dentures, it is highly recommended to attend regular visits to your dentist to check over your mouth and your denture/s.