About Your New Complete Dentures
We have done our best to provide you with well fitted, functional, and attractive dentures. We feel confident that after a few weeks of becoming adjusted to the new dentures, you will have years of satisfaction and use from them.
The following information will be helpful to you at this time:
1. Your first few weeks: New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or even a few weeks will be required for you to feel accustomed to them.
2. Sore Spots: Often, your mouth may have a few “sore spots” after wearing the dentures for 24 hours. Don’t worry about these areas. They can be relieved with very little effort on your next appointment. Another appointment will usually eliminate any other sore areas.
3. Chewing: The new “bite” or occlusion will not feel comfortable for a period of days. We will adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after 24 hours and again in about one week after the dentures have “settled” into place.
4. Upper vs. lower dentures: Your upper denture will rest comfortably in place with moderate to strong “suction”. Although your lower denture will have good stability, it is infrequent that “suction” can be expected on a lower denture.
5. Cleaning the dentures and your mouth: Your dentures can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Denture soaks are also useful for the denture. Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush daily to toughen and clean them. You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night depending on your preference. They are best left out. If they are out of your mouth leave them soaking in water or a cleaning solution.
6. The Future: Your jaw bones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing. This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures. Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated once per year by us. We will inform you when relining or rebasing the dentures is necessary. Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral diseases.
We look forward to helping you adjust to and enjoy your new dentures.