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Dentures

Adjusting to a new denture
In the beginning, your new denture may feel awkward or bulky. This is normal, and you will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. It is important to never force the partial dentures into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps. Initially, you may be asked to wear your denture all the time. Although this may be uncomfortable at first, it's the quickest way to identify areas that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Please call us so we can adjust the denture to fit more comfortably.

Eating & Speaking with Dentures
Eating should become a more pleasant experience with dentures. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on both sides. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard.

Dentures can also help improve your speech. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your partial denture.

Post-Procedural Care

Caring for your Denture
  • When cleaning a denture, it’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture.
  • Do not use toothpaste since it can be too harsh for cleaning dentures.
  • Some people use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable. However, most household cleaners are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures.
  • Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque. The helps the denture from becoming permanently stained. 
  • It's best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures because it has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable. 
  • Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture. 
  • Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments.
  • A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water.
  • Don’t chew, swallow, or gargle with denture cleansers.
  • Always thoroughly rinse the denture before placing it in your mouth.
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