If you have several missing teeth or a severe tooth decay or a mouth trauma of some sort, it’s wise to consider dentures. Dentures will restore your smile to normal in a short while, and they’re quite easy to maintain. Here are 10 frequently asked questions on using dentures:
- What should I eat or not eat with my dentures on?
It’s hard to bite into hard foods if you have a removable denture, upper or lower. Eat soft foods, or move your food around on your tongue till it softens. Opt for foods that don’t require much chewing, such as eggs, potatoes and other soft foods. Cut your food into small pieces so that it’s easy for you to chew and swallow it.
- How hard are they to clean?
After each meal, take off your dentures and clean them with a denture cleaner and a brush. Clean them over a soft surface so they don’t slip and break on contact with a hard surface. You can brush permanent dentures just as you would brush your regular teeth.
- Will I face difficulty while eating?
Your ability to eat with your dentures on will depend on the kind of dentures you choose. If you’re using removable dentures, you will need to eat soft, well-sliced foods. With permanent, implant dentures, you can chew foods as you would with normal teeth and swallow them with ease.
- How long will my dentures last?
Removable dentures usually last anywhere from five to ten years. Over time, the porous plastic removable dentures tend to absorb stains and have to be replaced. Implant dentures, on the other hand, can enjoy the lifespan of your normal teeth. They can last you just as long, if you maintain them properly.
- How much will my dentures cost?
The cost to your dentures depends on several factors – mouth structure, personal preference, oral health and so on. The service aspect to preparing and positioning the dentures also needs to be considered. After placement, it takes time to evaluate sore spots and improve the fit for chewing. Sometimes it’s necessary to correct the look as well, by adjusting them. All of these factors result in different costs. Talk to your dentist and obtain a custom quote for your exact denture treatment.
- Is it possible to whiten my dentures?
Dentures are made of a sturdy plastic not enamel; they cannot be whitened. We recommend that you clean them every day, preferably after every meal to minimize staining. Avoid eating foods with artificial colouring in them. Also avoid drinking coffee and tea to keep your dentures looking as pristine as the day you first put them on. Plaque and bacteria will collect on your dentures if you don’t clean them thoroughly, so brush them with a soft toothbrush. If stains develop, use a moist brush and apply a denture paste that is non-abrasive. Most regular toothpastes are too abrasive.
- How to store my dentures overnight?
Clean your dentures thoroughly with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a brush and soak them in warm water for the night. Never wear them to bed; always soak them in water and leave them on a soft surface where they cannot fall and be broken.
- My father’s dentures don’t fit properly; he’s barely able to open his mouth to get a fork in. What could be the problem?
There could be several possible reasons for this, including that the dentures might be too large for your father’s mouth. It’s possible that the dentures have left very little space between the lower and upper jaws, thereby limiting his ability to eat. As he is living in a hospital under care, see if you can get a prosthodontist to visit him and inspect his dentures in person. A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who’s trained in the care of denture maintenance.
- How soon after getting new dentures can I eat comfortably? Right now I cannot stop gagging; I am unable to eat anything.
It takes some time for new dentures to settle in and for the patient to become accustomed to the feel of a denture, lower or upper. If you’re gagging, it could be because they are loose. Loose dentures tend to move around and touch parts of your mouth such as the throat and tongue. Or, it is possible that they are too big and they need to be relined or even remade to prevent them from touching your oral parts. Contact a prosthodontist near you and get them set right so that you can continue eating and drinking as before.
- What must I eat or drink when I first wear my dentures?
It takes time for your mouth to get adjusted to new dentures. There’ll be some chafing and pain. To minimize the pain, we suggest that you eat only soft food that does not require biting and chewing. Boiled eggs, soft cooked meat and fish, pasta and mushy vegetables are recommended. Be sure to make your knife and fork do most of your pre-chewing work for you and always keep in mind that you have dentures on. This way, you can minimize the pain and manage go get some nutrition in while getting used to the dentures. You can get your dentist to use a small amount of denture adhesive to keep your dentures in place. Make regular visits to your dentist or prosthodontist for denture adjustment as you walk through the normal healing process towards total adjustment.
When you opt for dentures, whether upper or lower, it takes time to adjust. We recommend that you study up on dentures, what to expect when you have them on, the pain realities, maintenance and other aspects before you get a pair of dentures fitted. Once you get used to your dentures, you can lead a normal life just as before. Till then, you’ll have to adjust a little and visit your dentist regularly for adjustments if any.
Sandy is Dental Hygienist at Platinum Dental Care Livonia, one of the most trusted dental care services providers in Livonia, Michigan that specializes in offering advanced dental treatment procedures including Dental implants, Dentures, dental crowns and teeth whitening solutions.