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.

Can you tell if someone is wearing dentures?

Modern dentures look completely natural, we can match a tooth size and shade that will suit the individual perfectly, we also have techniques that give a totally natural gum appearance, this means the chances that you or anybody else will be able to tell that they’re wearing false teeth are very low.

Click here to see our smile gallery, which showcases our beautiful, natural-looking dentures.

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.

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.

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.

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 Clinical Dental Technician.

Call us if you require any adjustments to your new denture. We cannot take any responsibility for problems incurred by self adjustment of your dentures.

We do not make adjustments to dentures that we have not made.

 

How do I clean my dentures?

Keeping your dentures clean is not only important for your denture but important for your oral health. 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.

For our top 5 denture cleaning tips click here

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.

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.

My denture is broken – how do I get a repair?

Just give us a call on 0800 096 5222 and we will arrange a convenient time for you to bring them in.

We always need to see the denture so that we can assess what needs to be done, usually, you will be able to collect the repaired denture within a couple of hours.

Occasionally extra time may be required we will advise you once we have seen the denture. In most cases, a denture repair can be carried out without the need to take an impression.

Please bring the denture cleaned and in a sealed bag or container.

Read more about denture repairs by clicking here.

Do I need to come in with my broken denture or can I get someone else to drop it off for me?

Don’t worry you don’t need to come yourself, usually, repairs can be done without the need to take an impression, so you can ask a friend or family member to drop the broken denture off for you.

Call us on 0800 096 5222 to arrange a convenient time to drop the broken denture off.

Please clean and place the denture in a sealed plastic bag or container. Once we have examined the denture we will be able to advise on cost and advise you when the repair will be ready to collect.

Read more about denture repairs by clicking here.

Do I need to be registered with you to get an appointment for new dentures?

No, all of our denture work is private therefore you can book an appointment at any time without needing to register first.

Call us on 0800 096 5222 for a free consultation.