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Getting dentures is a big step in your life and I know you have questions. As your trusted Welland denturist, I’m pleased to provide answers on this page to many common questions. If you need more guidance or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Jennie Dignard Denturist.
Q: My dentures are moving. Is this normal?
A: Yes. No matter how well they are made, your dentures will move. This is typically controlled by your facial muscles and tongue. Over time, with practice and patience, the movement should decrease. If movement remains a problem, I will find a solution to increase your comfort. Some solutions may include soft liners, denture adjustments and the insertion of Myoloc wings under your tongue to add stability.
Q: What should I do if I have a sore spot?
A: Sore spots are common when you first get your dentures. Please call my office as waiting too long will only make the problem worse. Adjustments don’t take long and will make a world of difference. In fact, adjustments are expected and worked into the overall price of your denture. You can also try rinsing your mouth 3 or 4 times a day with salt and water. If you can’t have salt, try using LISTERINE® or Cepacol® mouthwash. Has your sore spot lasted over 3 days? Please make an appointment as it won’t go away on its own.
Q: What should I know about eating with dentures?
A: The first rule is to be patient. Take small bites, take your time and try placing some food on each side of your mouth when chewing. This will help to prevent rocking and slipping of your denture. If you chew gum, try using a sugar free gum or Freedent®, which will not stick as much. In fact, chewing gum will give you some practice before eating. It’s a good idea to avoid sticky or hard foods with new dentures. In time, you will be able to eat that steak dinner you want with confidence. Biting your tongue or cheeks once in a while is normal.
Q: How should I clean my dentures?
A: Handle your dentures with care when wet as they will be slippery. It’s wise to scrub them over a full sink of water or a towel so there’s less chance of breakage if you drop them. Also available is the exceptional NOVA Dent Clearner here at the office. You can use tablets like Efferdent® or Polident®, or a special denture toothpaste called Dentu-Creme®. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive. If you have plaque on your back teeth, try soaking them in white vinegar overnight and then give them a good scrub to remove the buildup (and the vinegar taste!).
Never bleach your dentures in Javex®. Keep in mind, I offer professional cleaning in my office and can supply and advise you on proper cleaning products. If you have a partial or metal denture, it’s very important not to soak your denture for long periods (or overnight) in a commercial cleaner as the metal parts will lose their shine and corrode over time. Your partial must be removed for cleaning and your natural teeth should be cleaned with a regular toothbrush. Do not use your denture brush on natural teeth.
Q: Should my dentures be removed at night?
A: If you have had dentures for years, you will likely have a routine in place. If you are not having any problems, then keep your routine. If you are not wearing your dentures to bed and wake up with sore or tired jaws, or even headaches, then you might try wearing them to bed. You might be trying to clench your teeth when they aren’t there and straining your jaw muscles. If you get headaches when wearing the dentures to bed, then take out the bottom one if possible. If this is your first denture, I typically recommend wearing the appliance at night in the beginning to help you adjust.
Q: How long will my dentures last?
A: Your dentures will not last a lifetime. In fact, they needed to be checked and cleaned at least once a year and usually need to be relined every 3 to 5 years. Your gums will change and shrink over time and your dentures will need to be relined. Please replace any dentures that are over 10 years old. The teeth will get worn down and will not chew effectively. It’s best to have top and bottom dentures replaced at the same time to avoid any occlusal errors or other problems. Adjusting partial dentures is possible if you are having teeth pulled but replacing the entire appliance might be the better option.
Q: I won’t be here much longer. Do I really need to worry about getting new teeth?
A: You never know how long you’re going to live. Even a year is a long time to live with uncomfortable dentures. While adjustments are possible, sometimes the only way to correct the problem is with new dentures. I will discuss any and all options available to you.