How do I clean my dentures/partials?
- Always clean over a towel or sink with water and a washcloth in the bottom to act as a cushion. Dentures/partials are slippery when wet and can break if dropped.
- Remove your prosthesis for cleaning after eating, at night, and in the morning. You may brush your prosthesis with a denture brush and an over-the-counter denture cleanser.
- Most over-the-counter denture cleaner is appropriate for use on your dentures/partials. Follow the instructions for the product unless instructed otherwise by the Doctor.
- We recommend soaking your dentures/partials for 20 to 30 minutes each morning in a denture cleaning solution before brushing.
- Do not use regular toothpaste on your denture teeth. It is abrasive and will dull the surface of the teeth over time. You may (and should) continue to use toothpaste on your remaining natural teeth.
- Continue to use a regular soft toothbrush on your gums, tongue, and remaining teeth.
- Do not soak overnight in cleanser overnight. After soaking for the recommended time, place the prosthesis in clean water and allow to continue soaking the remainder of the night in this clean water. Any time your prosthesis is not in your mouth, it should be soaking in water.
- Be sure to place the container in safe secure place, away for the access of any pets.
- If your denture or partial has a soft liner or tissue conditioner, do not soak in water. Instead, after cleaning, wrap the prosthesis is a wet paper towel and place in the container for storage overnight.
What if I develop sore spots?
- If you are experiencing sore spots, you may need to remove your prosthesis for temporary relief. If you feel the need to remove it, reinsert the prosthesis within 8 hours of your upcoming adjustment appointment so we can better locate the offending areas. If you have a “spare,” please feel free to use it until your appointment with us.
- You may use a product such as Orajel or Anbesol for temporary emergency relief only. Please do not use on a routine basis. These products simply numb the area and mask the true problem.
- Please do not try to do any adjustments yourself. It is possible to irreversibly damage the prosthesis. We are happy to do the adjustment for you. Sometimes a small adjustment can make a world of difference.
If you feel your prosthesis needs to be adjusted, please contact our office to schedule an adjustment appointment.
How do I care for my spare prosthesis?
- If you have a spare, please leave it soaking in water or wrapped in a wet paper towel (however you were previously storing it at night) while adjusting to a new prosthesis.
- Keep it clean by brushing at least once a day. Continue storing it this way until we are sure the new prosthesis is working well and is comfortable. After that point in time, you can begin storing your spare in a dry state.
What is provided in the Denture Care Kit?
- Denture cup. Soak dentures/partial in water whenever they are not in your mouth. Unless the prosthesis has a soft liner or tissue conditioner. In that case, it should be wrapped in a wet paper towel and then stored in the denture cup.
- Denture cleaner. This is only a sample, so feel free to use any brand you prefer. We do have denture products for purchase in office as well.
- Denture brush. This stiff brush is meant for dentures only.
- Toothbrush. Use this conventional soft bristle brush for your remaining natural teeth, tongue and gums.
- Adhesive. Please do not use adhesive unless you have been directed to do so. If you feel you need adhesive, please come in for an evaluation. Sometimes a minor adjustment is all that is necessary to improve retention. If we do recommend adhesive, we can give instructions on proper use for your individual situation.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort after office hours, holidays, weekends, etc., please take out your denture/partial. Wear it as little as possible until we can schedule an appointment for you. Every attempt is made to accommodate you as soon as possible.
What is the proper care for a soft liner/ tissue conditioner?
Often a soft liner needs to be placed in your prosthesis to help your soft tissue heal more quickly and help maintain retention throughout the healing process.
- Whenever the prosthesis is not in your mouth, it should be wrapped in a wet paper towel and stored in a denture cup or Ziploc bag to maintain moisture.
- Do not leave soaking in water or denture cleaner longer than recommended for the specific product.
- Use a soft toothbrush to brush the inside of the prosthesis (where the soft liner is located).
- If you choose to use a tablet cleanser, soak only five to ten minutes, not overnight.
This liner is meant to be a temporary solution only and should not be worn longer than 4-6 months. The material is porous and will absorb odors, stains and bacteria. Over time, your soft liner could begin to separate from your prosthesis, harden and have areas that peel off. Eventually, this soft liner will need to be replaced with a hard, long-lasting material, or a new prosthesis (as discussed in your treatment plan).
What should I expect while I adjust to my dentures?
Changes will occur throughout healing. Tissue and bone will continue to change and your appearance will improve throughout this process. If you have any concerns about the aesthetics of your new teeth, please discuss them with us at your adjustment appointment. Most concerns are easily resolved.
New dentures may feel awkward until you become accustomed to them and may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue adapt.
Your bite (occlusion) may feel very different and even ”not right” during the first weeks. We need to let your bite settle, then evaluate and make adjustments as needed.
If you feel the need to use adhesive, please discuss with us first. You may only need a minor adjustment to improve retention and security. If we do recommend adhesive, we will provide instructions on proper use for your individual situation.
Eating will take practice. Start with small bites of soft foods and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time until you become accustomed to your denture/partial. Be patient.
Your speech may be different at first; however, you will adapt very quickly. The more you practice speaking, the faster you will adapt.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.
If you experience any problems or have any questions, please call our office at 336-274-5400.