First time denture wearers might find dentures difficult to adapt to .Having said that,there are certain things that should be noted:eat smaller quantities of softer food products cut in to bite size pieces and chew with both sides of your mouth simultaneously.Once you have mastered this you will be able to include almost all of the foods that you formerly ate with natural teeth.
Remember that the complete denture will move in your mouth to some extent due to the gums underneath and this will be made worse if you try to eat on one side of the denture only or just on the front teeth.This is not due to the fact that the denture is a poor fit but simply that the laws of mechanics come in to action.Where dentures are retained by clasps/teeth or implants the level of movement will normally be a lot less or even none present.Where the denture leads to soreness or ulceration the dentist will adjust it for you and for that reason it is important that you attend your dentist if this occurs.Most dentures, like a new pair of shoes will irritate your mouth and therefore a denture ‘ease’ will usually be requested.
Talking can often be modified,especially the S,F and Th sounds.Most persons adapt to the changes in a short time by repeating the challenging words/sounds.
Extreme motions of the face like for example shouting or laughing can sometimes result in the dentures moving in the mouth.If this movement happens with small movements of the face the dentist may need to adjust the flanges of the denture (the parts of the denture that rest on the cheeks).
In some cases the dentist will advise you to utilize a denture fixative.This is usually because the existing bone and gums to give support to the denture are reduced and is not a reflection of the denture that your dentist has made to fit with you.
Patients will often wear their denture all day and at night whilst they sleep.Most dentists would not recommend this as it is related with the development of a fungal infection that can affect the fit of the denture.Your dentist may however advise you to wear your new denture at night for the first week or so to help with healing of any extraction sockets ans also increase the process of patient acceptance and accomodation to the new denture.
If you have a partial denture you must look after your remaining teeth using effective brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste,interdental aids as recommended by your dentist and also your denture.The denture should always be cleaned over a basin of water to stop it from breaking in the event that you drop it.The use of a special denture brush and paste to avoid damaging the denture(s) is advised.Every suface of the denture must be cleaned to eliminate plaque and food deposits.Once cleaned, the dentures should either be placed in the mouth (morning) or kept in a suitable container with water (prior to going to bed) to avoid them drying out.If denture cleaners are used these should be used in conformity with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Regular attendance to the dentist is very important for denture wearers,even if you do not have any teeth of your own.Your dentist will wish to examine your mouth in order to ensure that the remaining teeth (if present) and the gums as well as the rest of the head and neck areas are healthy.Oral cancer can happen in patients without teeth and for that reason it is important that you attend your dentist as advised to have a check performed.Any zones of soreness or irritation should never be ignored.