Faqs

You’ve just received your new dentures. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new denture wearer, there may be many questions that need to be answered. We hope that the following information will prove to be helpful during the next few weeks of your denture adjustment period.

Are dentures difficult to wear?

Learning to wear new dentures can take time. Don’t become discouraged if you find some difficulty in the beginning. You are not alone! Please do not compare yourself to friends who tell you how easy it was for them to get used to their dentures and how they can eat everything and anything. They may have greater bone or gum support or their memories may be faded. Your denturist will help you through any difficulties you may face or any situations that may arise during your adjustment period.

A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture. The tongue may feel restricted and will tend to play, sometimes even subconsciously, with the new denture. It will soon adapt to the restrictions and to the new feeling that a denture presents.

KEEP YOUR OLD SET if you have them! If your new dentures need any adjustments after fitting, we may need to keep them for a few days so keep your old set as a spare.

Are dentures painful or uncomfortable?

It is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort associated with sore spots during the adjustment period. Nature did not intend for us to wear hard plastic against soft gum tissue. It takes a while for the gum tissues to firm up and to accommodate the hard plastic denture.

How do I clean my dentures?

An unclean denture is neither healthy, attractive nor comfortable. Clean your new denture each morning and night with a toothbrush and denture toothpaste (if necessary, any toothpaste can be used) or with one of the commercially available denture cleaners. Please be sure to check with your denturist that the denture cleaner will not interfere with any liner that you may have on your denture. Soft liners react poorly to most ‘fizzy’ bleach-based cleaners and can be irreparably damaged. We can sell you a professional cleaner that will not damage a soft liner.

Can I remove my dentures?

You may prefer to leave out one or both of your dentures at night. This allows your gum tissues to breathe and also relieves them of the constant pressures of chewing. If you do not want to do this then try to take your dentures out for at least 1 hour each day – an ideal time to do this is during showering / bathing.

How do I eat with my new dentures?

Try to eat only soft foods for the first few days. Then progress to more solid foods and try to eat slowly and deliberately. By placing food on both sides of the mouth at the same time while chewing, you balance the biting forces on the new denture and will help to make it more stable. The longer you take to eat your meal, the faster you will learn to master your new dentures.

Try to take small bites at first. Cut all your food into small portions. If your gum tissues are strong enough to try foods which require biting such as bread and fruits, try to chew the food with the back teeth in order to stabilise the denture.

Will my dentures cause speech problems?

Reading aloud during the first couple of days will go a long way in reducing any minor speech problems which may result from wearing a new denture. If speech problems continue to persist, please let your denturist know.

I have a sore spot. What do I do?

It is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort associated with sore spots during the adjustment period. Nature did not intend for us to wear hard plastic against soft gum tissue. It takes a while for the gum tissues to firm up and to accommodate the hard plastic denture.

If sore spots should develop – TRY to wear the denture for at least 6 hours prior to your adjustment visit! If your denturist can’t see the sore spot, it is sometimes impossible for him to make the necessary adjustments.

How do I adjust my dentures?

NEVER try to adjust your dentures yourself! The process of adjustment is just as intricate and important as all the preceding stages and needs to be undertaken by your denturist. We cannot take any responsibility for problems incurred by self adjustment of your dentures.

Do I still need to visit my dentist?

It is very important that you continue to see your own dentist regularly to evaluate the state of your oral tissues and to determine if additional treatment is required. NHS patients will need to visit their dentist at least every 15 months or they can be de-registered.