What are the problems associated with poorly fitting dentures?
Overtime shrinkage occurs in the gum that supports your dentures or dentures are worn down, the lower jaw can move out of it's correct position with the upper jaw. This can sometimes lead to a number of problems. The facial muscles can virtually collapse giving the appearance of premature aging. Other symptoms which may occur include...
- cracked and continually sore corners of the mouth
- a dull pain in and around the ear
- a clicking noise when chewing
- burning sensation in the throat, tongue and side of the nose
When dentures are first inserted they fit the gum snugly. There is no substitute for a well fitted denture, and to make sure that you have no problems always have your dentures checked regularly by confa-dental.
How do I care for my dentures?
Here are a few simple tips...
- Dentures can break, so always place a towel down or fill the sink with water, then clean your dentures over the sink, or towel just in case they slip out of your hands by accident.
- Rinse your dentures thoroughly to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. Never use hot water as it can warp your dentures.
- Only apply either a mild soap or denture paste to a moistened denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not use ordinary toothpaste, bleach or vinegar unless directed to do so by your dental professional.
- Brush all surfaces thoroughly. Avoid using brushes with stiff bristles, as they can damage the denture material.
- Rinse dentures well under the tap to remove all traces of cleaning paste.
- While you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser or one recommended by your dental professional.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Then reinsert your dentures.
- To give your mouth an extra, fresh clean feeling, rinse with a non alcohol mouthwash as well..
Dentures need to be relined every 2-3 years.
The friendly staff at confa-dental will train you on how to best look after your new denture and/or partial.
How long should your dentures last?
Usually 5-7 years. Many people believe that their dentures should last forever but this is not so. Generally dentures should be reviewed by confa-dental every two years for adjustment or renewal.
Apart from your dentures being worn down by continual use, the shape of your gums and bone in your mouth continually changes over the years and can affect the way your dentures function. Even when your dentures feel comfortable they should be examined regularly to ensure no permanent damage is being done to the mouth.
If ever a sore spot or growth is discovered you should immediately seek advice from confa-dental. These areas may be quite harmless and only require minor adjustment to the denture but only a professional can evaluate and rectify the situation.
What can you expect from new dentures?
Dentures are a substitute for healthy natural teeth but if you have been unfortunate to lose some or all of your teeth then a partial or full denture will enable you to maintain your facial appearance and satisfactorily chew food.
You may encounter difficulties getting used to your new dentures at first and have difficulty controlling them while eating, swallowing or speaking. With a lower denture there is often a tendency at first for the tongue and lower jaw muscles to displace it. In time you will however overcome these difficulties and adjust to your new dentures.
The secret lies in perseverance.
Should dentures be worn overnight?
In most cases it is best to leave them out at night and this is particularly important with partial dentures. However, this is mainly up to you. If you find that your jaws or the muscles of your face ache by over-closing your jaw without your dentures, leave them in. On the other hand if you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep it will reduce the breakdown of your gums if you take them out. If in doubt ask on of the friendly staff at confa-dental.
Can I visit a Dental Prosthetist without a referral?
YES, a referral is not necessary. Any member of the public can make arrangements to consult the Dental Prosthetist at confa-dental directly........just as you can with a dentist.