When a patient receives new dentures for the first time, it takes some time to get used to them. It is important to be familiar with the basic guidelines so that you can feel comfortable during this time. Proper cleaning of dentures is an important part of this acclimation period. You need to take care of your dentures just as well as crowns and bridges.
When you get new dentures, you need to contact your dentist during the first week if you notice that the dentures are not stable or you feel any kind of pain or pressure. The places in your mouth where the denture “presses” will turn red and need to be repaired. This way you can use the denture comfortably and not have any serious consequences for your oral mucosa. If you have a partial denture with different metal hooks and parts, you should contact your dentist if you find that the denture does not fit tightly on the remaining teeth.
Not wearing dentures puts the entire job at risk. The teeth and gums in your mouth change over time. If you do not use your dentures, they will not fit after a while. When chewing, try to distribute your bites symmetrically on both sides of your mouth. This will help the prosthesis to remain stable.
After each meal, you must remove the denture from your mouth and clean it with a special brush and toothpaste. You can sleep at night with the denture in your mouth. However, it is also necessary to wash them before going to bed and after waking up.
Put the denture in a glass of water with a tablespoon of baking soda once a week for one night. You can also use denture cleaning tablets from the pharmacy.
Over the years, you may find that the denture becomes unstable. The situation in your mouth changes with age and the denture needs to be adjusted to the new situation. Contact your dentist so that you can use your denture properly again.
If you have no problems wearing the denture, you should visit your dentist for a regular annual check-up.