What do new dentures feel like?
The muscles of the cheeks and tongue must “learn” to keep new dentures in place. They may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks. During this time the wearer becomes more comfortable inserting and removing them. Also, minor irritation or soreness and increased saliva flow may occur. These problems will diminish as the mouth adjusts.
Will wearing dentures make a person look different?
Teeth play a key role in supporting the facial structure around the mouth. A lack of teeth lets the facial structures around the lips and cheeks collapse inward. The change in the appearance of a toothless person wearing a denture can be dramatic.
Dentures should resemble the shape, color, and position of natural teeth. This enhances a natural facial appearance. In summary, dentures will improve your smile and improve your facial appearance.
Will eating with new dentures be difficult?
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice. some wearers may experience discomfort for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, it is recommended to start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew using both sides of the mouth.
As one gets used to the new dentures, other foods can be added until a normal diet is achieved. Caution should be taken with hot or hard foods, sharp-edged items such as shells as well as small seeds. Foods that are extremely sticky or hard should be avoided. Chewing gum is not recommended for denture wearers.
Will dentures change a person’s speech?
At first, the pronunciation of certain words might be difficult. It might be helpful to practice by saying the difficult words out loud. With time and practice, one will become accustomed to speaking clearly with dentures.
Dentures should not “click” while talking; if so – they will need to be altered. Dentures may slip when you laugh, cough, or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing.
Should dentures be worn 24 hours a day?
After receiving your denture, you may be encouraged to wear it all the time -even while sleeping. This may lead to temporary discomfort. Yet it is the quickest way to identify the areas needing adjustment. Once adjustments are made, one should remove the dentures before going to bed. This allows the gum tissues to recover and receive normal stimulation. It allows cleansing by the tongue and saliva. The denture can be used again in the morning.
Should the use of denture adhesive be considered?
Denture adhesive is used:
- To enhance retention, stability, bite force, and an individual’s sense of security.
- To assist individuals with dry mouth conditions that lessen denture adherence. Individuals taking cold medications. Those exhibiting neurological disabilities, stroke victims, and the elderly.
- To provide added stability and security for those who place unusual demands on facial muscles. This includes public speakers or musicians.
What are the types of denture adhesives?
Dental adhesives come in both paste and power forms. A well-fitting denture needs little or no adhesive.
When shouldn’t denture adhesives be considered?
There are situations when denture adhesives should not be used. These cases include:
- When it is used as a “fix” for ill-fitting or poorly constructed dentures. Loose, uncomfortable dentures can cause sores to develop. Have your dentist adjust them.
- When the dentures have not been evaluated or adjusted for a long time. Dentures rest on gum tissue and the jawbone. These can shrink and deteriorate over time. Thus, the real problem might be a need for a denture adjustment or new dentures.
- When oral hygiene practices cannot be sustained.
- When adhesives have been used for a long time. When visits to the dentist are infrequent. When the frequency and volume of the adhesive use increases. These developments may indicate the need for a denture adjustment or new dentures.
- When any known allergy exists to the adhesives’ ingredients.
How are denture adhesives applied?
- The smallest amount necessary should be used to provide the greatest benefit. Start with a small amount and gradually increase the amount until comfortable.
- The adhesive should be applied as a thin even coat on the surface of the denture contacting the tissue.
- It should be applied or reapplied as necessary to provide the desired effect.
- The dentures should be always thoroughly cleaned before application.
- Note – adhesives work best with a well-fitting denture.
How does one apply a paste adhesive?
A small amount is applied to a dry or preferably wet denture. Placement of adhesive close to the denture borders should be avoided. If the adhesive oozes out, less product should be used. Apply three short strips or a series of pea size- dots on dentures for the upper jaw. Deposit them along the ridge area and one to the center palate (top of the mouth). For dentures on the lower jaw, three short strips or a series of small dots are used. These are placed in the center of the ridge area. Always read and follow the label of the product you’ve selected.
How does one apply a powder adhesive?
Apply a thin, uniform layer across the tissue-contact surface of the denture. Remove excess powder then press the denture into place. Some prefer powders over pastes. This is because they can be easier to remove from both denture and gum. Also, they don’t have the same tendency as pastes do to “shim” (create a space between the denture and gum tissue).
Are denture adhesives safe?
Denture adhesives are safe as long as they are used as directed. With well-fitting dentures, the adhesive is only used to provide added stability. Avoid excessive use of adhesives, to fill voids for an ill-fitting denture. This can be harmful to the underlying tissues. Occasionally inflammation of the soft tissues may result.