Dentures help to restore a patient’s smile and the ability to chew and speak clearly after some or all teeth are lost. At Acharya Dental, we pride ourselves on using the revolutionary injection molded process to fabricate our complete and partial dentures, resulting in the highest strength, durability and esthetics. We also specialize in fabricating complete or partial overdentures, where we use dental implants to anchor the denture more effectively providing our patients with a greater sense of comfort with better function.
Your New Dentures:
When you begin to wear your new prosthesis there is an adjustment period where your usual mouth functions may need to be relearned. These include chewing, speech, swallowing, appearance of lip posture, and ridge comfort; the following suggestions from Team Acharya Dental may help you in adapting to your new prosthesis and in maintaining it.
Avoid pain by starting with easy but nutritious food to eat. Examples of a softer diet can include fish, eggs, cottage cheese, cooked potatoes, oranges and apple sauce. If you have discomfort, remove the denture and massage the painful area with your finger. Let the gums rest and then be visible and precise adjustments will be very difficult.
Our team at Acharya Dental will advise you to try to chew with both sides of your mouth. If food is evenly chewed on both sides, the denture will be less likely to tip. Try not to bite with the front teeth as this will cause the back end of the denture to move off the gums. Biting with the side teeth will give better stability.
Pain during swallowing may simply require a minor denture base adjustment.
With the stimulus of new dentures your mouth may have more or less saliva for a few days. Be patient and the flow will return to normal.
Speech is a very complicated and dynamic process involving all parts of the airway and mouth. Your denture has been constructed to meet the demands of stability and retention during speech. Fortunately, people are very adaptable and speech sounds very good at the time of delivery. If speech does not sound right to you, give it some time and normal body adaptation will resolve your concerns. Practice reading aloud. Do not focus undue attention on the process.
To remove food debris and bacterial plaque from your prosthesis, brush vigorously with a stiff denture brush. Use either soap and water or a commercially available denture cleaning agent. Do not use toothpaste to clean your denture. The effervescent soaking solutions are also useful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Wash your denture over a basin of water or a cloth. If they are dropped on a hard surface, the acrylic portion may fracture and any metal may bend. Make sure to clean your implant attachments in your mouth as well. You should also use a soft toothbrush to gently massage and clean your gums and tongue.
In general, take the dentures out before going to sleep. This will allow the gums to rest.
Post-delivery follow-up usually requires three visits. More are available as needed. After the first year, annual recall visits are useful to monitor changes in the shape of the ridges, wear of the teeth and general oral health. If there are problems with pain, chewing, or with wear or breakage of the base or teeth, please make an appointment with the Acharya Dental team at your earliest opportunity.