What should I do if my dentures crack or break?
Call your Dental Prosthetist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so you need to see your DP right away.
Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures. Denture self-repair can cause irreparable damage and may result in the need for a new denture. They require professional repair and adjustment to fit your mouth.
Will my denture need adjusting?
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Dentures that do not fit properly should be adjusted. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Seek advice promptly if your denture becomes loose.
Don’t assume regular denture care is too costly?
Before deciding that regular denture care is too costly, discuss the situation with your Dental Prosthetist. Ask about charges for denture adjustments, repairs and possible replacement. Keep in mind that if your are in your 60s, you are likely to have 20 more years of talking, eating, and smiling. Your oral health is a vital part of your total health.
How do I clean my dentures?
When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply Yellow Sunlight Soap. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. It is best to clean your denture over a basin filled with water, therefore if it slips from your hand the water will slow its descent into the basin and prevent it from hitting a hard surface and possibly causing it to break.
If you have a Resilient (Rubber) Lining on your lower denture it is important to soak them daily, for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 1 hour to ensure that the lining stays clean of small white spots, which is a build up of calculus which can irritate your gums and will cause soreness and ulcers. From time to time your dentures may require to be cleaned professionally in the laboratory.
Will it be difficult to eat with a denture?
Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard.
“My last set of dentures lasted me 25 years……”
This is a common remark by many denture wearers, unfortunately just because they lasted 25 years, doesn’t mean that you haven't unknowingly caused problems to your oral health.
We find all too often that people who have been wearing the same dentures for many years may still feel that their dentures fit…..however the truth is that the soft tissue and gums have likely become flabby (hyperplasic), red and swollen and quite misshapen to accommodate the denture. In extreme cases hyperplasic tissue may need to be surgically removed.
Relining or making new dentures while the gums and tissues are in such poor condition will only result in the same problems with the new appliance.
Do dentures need to be replaced?
Dentures don’t last forever…Nothing does. Your mouth slowly changes as you age, however people who have no teeth loose 1/3 mm of jawbone height each year. As our jawbone shrinks, so do our gum tissues (sometimes referred to as ridges) Ridges can shrink up to 6.5 mm in 10 years.
These gradual changes, coupled with the gradual changes in your denture, explain why you should visit your denture professional regularly. As a result, it is recommended replacing or refitting your dentures every 8 to 10 years and relining every 3-5 years to accommodate the normal shrinkage of your gums and bones. Even if your dentures fit perfectly, you should still see a denture professional regularly. Why?
Mouth tissues can reveal signs of diseases, such as diabetes, that first manifest themselves in the mouth. Besides checking your dentures, Blair will also check for signs of oral cancer and other diseases, and examine your gum ridges, tongue and jaw joints. If any concerns are noticed the appropriate medical or dental referral will be arranged.
What should I do if my new denture is uncomfortable?
The keyword to success with your new dentures is PERSERVERANCE. Blair will never expect you to tolerate pain or soreness, but it is important to leave your new denture in your mouth as long as you can for the first few days and not take it out for any reason other than it is causing pain or that it requires cleaning.
Most of the time, the sore spots you experience settle down after 48 hours; however if they persist we suggest that you call the clinic and arrange an appointment to have your dentures adjusted.