Dentures

You may either have a removable denture for the first time or you have been using this type of denture for a long time and may have a new one now. In both cases, be ready to experience the problems listed below. Using a new denture requires patience and time.

 Please note that some adjustments may be made during the adjustment period that may take a few weeks. Do not get worried or panic, but be ready to visit our clinic several times for complaints and problems that may arise, for a more comfortable denture.

 You can expect to undergo a period of awkwardness while getting used to your new dentures. You may feel like that it is big for your mouth and your lips and cheeks are being pushed forward excessively.

  Adjustment depends largely on the practical use of your tongue, cheekcs and lips. Do not get habit of moving your denture with your tongue and lips.

  If you do not wear the prosthesis for a while, it will be more difficult for you to adjust to it when you put it back on.

  It is more difficult to adjust to a lower denture than the upper one.

  Your salivary glands may function more than normal during this adjustment period.

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Points to consider for removable dentures:

 

Nutrition 

You will need at least 6-8 weeks to be able to chew with your dentures properly.

 Start chewing with small pieces and soft food.

 If you can chew with the both sides of the dentures, they tend to move less.

You should not eat solid food for the first 2-3 weeks. Pudding, soft fruits and meat, well-cooked vegetables and softened bread should be preferred.

 Cut the food into small pieces with your hands and place a small piece on the right side and another on the left side between the molars. Try not to open your mouth too much and try to eat with the molars. After a month, your tongue will begin to place food pieces on the right and left. In the first days, your dentures may move in your mouth but it will improve over time.

 Do not bite with your front teeth. This will cause your dentures to move. Place food pieces between the molars.

 

Dentures Care

Dentures should be brushed twice a day with toothbrush and  clean with liquid soap. Rinse well before putting them back on.

Dissolve the denture cleaning tablets 1-2 times a week in water, keep the dentures in this water for 5 minutes, brush and rinse well with water.

You can also prepare your own solution.  Add 10% bleach and 2 drops of calgon to a glass of water. Keep the dentures in this water for 5 minutes, brush and rinse well with water.

Kepp your dentures in a container full of water when they are removed from your mouth. So that they will not get dry and their size will not change.

 

Gum Tissue Care

Ideally, dentures should be removed for at least 2-3 hours per day for restoration of the supporting tissues. After removing the dentures, massage your palate and gums with your well-washed hands. If you do not remove your dentures, this will cause erosion of the tissues.

 

Using Adhesive on Dentures

In the first days, you can use adhesives to get used to your dentures more easily.  Prefer zinc-free products (corega gel). Dry the denture’s inside and put 3 small gel dots: one under the right, one under left molars and one under the centrals. After putting the denture back on, do not eat or drink anything for 5 minutes. Do not use adhesives more than 2 times a day. After using an adhesive, brush your dentures and palates with warm water.

 

Cleaning the claps

Your teeth on which the claps are attached have to be cleaning with great care. Because they are very important for the denture to stay in your  mouth properly.

First, the surfaces of the claps that touch the teeth have to be be thoroughly brushed and the brightness of the metal surfaces has to be checked. Dentures that are not clean enough can cause tooth decays and gum inflammation.

When the dentures are removed from the mouth, care should be taken to avoid deformation in the metal structure, and they should not be carried in pocket or bag.

 

Carrying your dentures

When the dentures are removed from the mouth, care should be taken to avoid deformation in the metal structure, and they should not be carried in pocket or bag.

 

Regular dentist check-up

You should visit our clinic at least once a year for check-up.

 

Problems that may occur after removable denture treatment and possible solutions:

 

Difficulty in talking

You have to re-learn to talk with your prosthesis. Starting from the first day, try to talk to a mirror or read a newspaper or a magazine in a loud voice. You will start speaking a lot better maximum in 2-4 weeks.

 

Nausea

Massage the point where your soft palate and uvula intersects several times for 2-3 days with your index finger. For the next 3 days, do the same massage with a soft toothbrush that has a very small amount of toothpaste. After these massages, put on your prosthesis after touching the tip of your tongue to salt for 1-2 days. You will see that your nausea will be minimized.

 

If your dentures cause pain or sores

Dentures may cause sores in your mouth when they are new.  Do not try to fix your dentures by yourself. If you have pain, you have to visit the clinic in the first 24-48 hours. For the first night, you have to sleep with your dentures on and you have to put them on at least for 8 hours before coming to your appointment with your dentist. Unless it will not be able to find out the part that cause pain. If your new dentures cause pain and sores, please do not use your former dentures.

 

Reduced Denture Retention

The stability and comfort of dentures depend on the compatibility of the denture and the tissue it is placed on. The denture will fit better after a while and thus its retention will increase. However, after a period of use, the denture may loose its retention due to bone loss. In that case, a process called ‘grafting’can be applied to restore the denture.