How to get used to dentures

Dentures are a very personal matter; each person perceives wearing dentures in their own unique way, but some things are common to all users.
We explain how to get used to the denture and how to maintain the denture to make it more comfortable to wear.

How to get used to dentures?

The first few weeks after the placement of dentures require some getting used to and patience. You may feel pain or discomfort, but with each passing day you will slowly get used to the new sensation in your mouth. If you do not feel comfortable after a few weeks, inform your dentist about this, as only a minor adjustment of the prosthesis may be necessary.

When wearing a dental prosthesis, the following symptoms often appear:

  • Feeling of a full mouth – New denture wearers often say that their dentures are too big and push their lips forward. This feeling is completely normal. Your mouth is very sensitive, so the changes will always feel a little weird. Once you get used to the dentures, these feelings will gradually disappear.
  • In the beginning, the new prosthesis may irritate you in certain places and cause sores – Such sores, especially if they do not heal for more than 15 days, can be dangerous. Therefore, in such a case, contact your dentist as soon as possible to adjust your dental prosthesis.
  • More saliva than usual – As your mouth adjusts to your dentures, you may occasionally produce more saliva than usual. Over time, the production of saliva will subside, so don’t worry.
  • Vomiting reflex – If you experience a vomiting reflex during the insertion or removal of the dental prosthesis, it is simply a reaction to the insertion or removing an object you are not used to. The more you get used to it and relax, the less often this feeling will recur. The vomiting reflex can also be caused by dentures that extend too deep into the oral cavity, so if the sensation recurs, notify your dentist, who can make certain minor adjustments.

Quick tips on how to get used to the prosthesis:

  • For the first 2-3 weeks, wear the denture even at night
  • Speak and read aloud as much as possible
  • Take food in small pieces at the beginning
  • If a sore appears due to a blister, call a dentist.

Dental prosthesis maintenance

Maintaining a denture requires proper handling of the denture, proper cleaning and proper wearing of the denture.

How to maintain a dental prosthesis:

  • Handle the denture with care, as it can be damaged and broken if it falls.
  • Rinse and brush the dentures at least twice a day with ordinary soapy water.
  • Do not use toothpaste to clean the denture tooth, as only this is abrasive and makes microscopic scratches in the denture, which then cause the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the denture.
  • For cleaning, use a soft brush or a brush specially designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using hard toothbrushes, as only these can damage and wear out the denture. Gently brush the entire surface of the prosthesis.
  • During the day, it is also recommended to wash the prosthesis after every meal. In addition to soap for cleaning dentures, you can also use tablets for cleaning dentures, which have an antibacterial effect and help to clean plaque and stains from more inaccessible parts of the denture.
  • DO NOT use bleaching agents, alcohol, or hand sanitizer when cleaning your dentures, as they can damage the pink part of your dentures.
  • When you are not wearing your dentures, store them in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution to prevent them from drying out, cracking or changing their shape.
  • The prosthesis is worn at night only for the first 2-3 weeks, so that the patient can adjust to the prosthesis as soon as possible It is then not recommended to wear dentures at night, so that the mucous membrane and muscles rest during the night.

When is a dental prosthesis the right decision?

A dental prosthesis is a good and cheap solution for patients who do not have their own
teeth. In certain situations, the production of a total prosthesis is primarily not possible
due to a bad jaw bone or its inadequate shape.

At that time, the patient can decide on a total prosthesis supported by implants. Read more about total dental prosthesis on implants, which has become a very popular solution in modern dentistry.

We know other solutions for DENTAL PROSTHETICS. Check what they offer and whether they are suitable for you.

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