Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
We’re sure you have many questions you want answered about your new dentures, such as how they are made, how long it will take to make them, and how many times you will need to go and have them fitted correctly.
Some of the more frequent questions we get are answered further down on this page or in the links above. If you cannot find the answers you want, feel free contact us for more information or a free no-obligation consultation.
Q: How do I clean my dentures properly?
A: Just like natural teeth, plaque tends to form on dentures. If the plaque that forms from eating with your new dentures is not removed on a daily basis it may affect the way your dentures fit. Additionally, your dentures may not look correct, may omit denture odours, and even your health may at risk. Therefore it is important that you clean your dentures every day.
To care for your dentures properly you should remove and rinse dentures after eating to wash away food debris, and clean your mouth with a soft toothbrush after removal. You should also gently scrub your dentures daily with denture cleaner, mild soap or dishwashing liquid and a denture brush. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers and harsh or whitening toothpastes, as they are too abrasive and may damage your dentures.
Lastly, you should always soak your dentures at night or whenever you aren’t wearing them to prevent warping or cracking. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight.
Q: How do dentures work?
A: Here’s a simple explanation. Upper dentures are usually kept in place by suction, but lower dentures are designed to fit the gums and muscles, which can make them less secure and harder to wear.
Injection moulded denture bases help lower dentures to fit the wearer better – securely and more comfortably. Here at the Smile Centre we use Ivoclar Vivadent’s pearl effect teeth in our dentures, which are specifically designed to combat the problem.
Q: How are dentures made?
A: Like most people who are thinking about getting dentures, or even already have dentures, you are probably wondering how exactly they are made and what processes are involved in the production of a pair of dentures.
Our denture making video on the dentures page will take you through the steps of making dentures, explaining in great detail the expertise and craftsmanship required to make a natural-looking pair of false teeth.
Q: Will my dentures slip or move in the mouth?
A: As we age, the jawbone gradually shrinks and this may mean that dentures no longer fit as well as they did. If this happens quite soon after your new dentures are fitted then you should ask your dental professional to their refit them or replace the dentures for you.
Q: Can my dentures cause any difficulty with speaking?
A: When new dentures are first fitted, many people have a problem when trying to pronounce certain words or sounds. This is perfectly normal and there is no reason to panic. As with anything else, eating and speaking with dentures takes a little practice before you become a master.
You may also require practice to pronounce some words. To help this process you can read out loud and repeat troublesome words to yourself. To begin with a bulky or loose feeling is not unusual, because the muscles in your cheeks and tongue are learning to hold your dentures in place.
Q: What causes sore spots in the mouth?
A: Sore spots can be caused by loose dentures or dentures that do not fit correctly. Other causes may be hard foods such as seeds or nuts getting under the denture, or too much clenching of the teeth.
If you find you have sore spots, visit your dental professional and ask them to check the fit of your dentures. Also ensure you remove your dentures daily for thorough cleaning.
Q: Why don’t my dentures feel secure when I’m chewing?
A: If you are a new denture wearer, it may take some time for your mouth to get used to your dentures, so they may not feel totally secure when you initially start to eat.
Try to chew food on both sides of your mouth at the same time to help prevent the dentures tipping in the mouth. Eat slowly on food cut into smaller pieces. Until you get used to your new dentures, a little denture adhesive will make them feel more secure.
Here at the Smile Centre we can advise you on the best type of treatment for you. To book a free no-obligation consultation, call us now. Alternatively, you can enquire online and we will call you back.