J.M. Kornegay, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., P.A.


(386) 789-7990

Suggestions for Partial and Denture Wearers

Suggestions for Partial and Denture Wearers

 

  1. Sore spots may develop at any time.  They may appear the first day, or sometime later.  Please call the office to have your dentures adjusted while your mouth is sore.  Do not attempt to adjust them yourself because your dentures can very easily be made worthless by a do-it- yourself adjustment.
  2. Do not expect your dentures to feel comfortable at first.  The lower denture usually does not have as good retention as the upper.  Since the muscles of the cheeks, lips, and tongue will tend to displace your dentures, do not develop the habit of displacing them with these muscles.  Rather, train theses muscles to assist in keeping your dentures in place.
  3. Do not invite criticism of your dentures until you have worn them for several weeks.
  4. Patience is required to learn to eat with your dentures.  At first, limit your diet to soft foods that are easy to chew.  Take small bites and chew slowly, trying to overcome the difficulties as they appear.  Learn to chew on both sides at the same time.  When biting into hard foods such as apples or corn on the cob, press backwards against the front teeth when closing.  Do not attempt to break off a bite of food as can be done with natural teeth.
  5. Learning to talk with your dentures in place requires practice and perseverance.  Reading aloud is very helpful in learning to pronounce words distinctly.  Practice those words or sounds that give you the most difficulty.
  6. Do not wear your dentures at night.  Just as you take your shoes off at night to allow the blood to revitalize these tissues, you should also remove your dentures to allow the tissue to relax.  By constant wearing of dentures, you not only create a chronic gum irritation, but more importantly you may cause the underlying bone tissue to remodel or resorb faster than normal thus making the denture ill fitting.
  7. Do not be alarmed at the greater amount of saliva in your mouth the first few weeks of wearing your dentures.  This condition will correct itself as you become accustomed to wearing them.
  8. Immediate dentures (those which are placed in the mouth immediately after extraction of teeth) should be considered transitional in nature.  Just after teeth are extracted, the bone remodels very fast and the denture is rendered ill-fitting within six weeks to six months of insertion.  It is therefore expected that a reline will be necessary as soon as the doctor feels healing has progressed far enough.  Soft reline to allow the ridges to heal and allow the patient to wear the denture comfortably.
  9. Shrinkage due to resorption of your ridges is normal occurrence.  This results in loosening of your dentures and perhaps a change in facial expression due to a settling of the dentures on the ridges.  Sometimes you will notice these changes within a few weeks.  In some people it may not occur for many months or even a year or more.  Changes in your ridges are beyond the control of your dentist and if it becomes necessary to reline or remake your dentures to correct for this change, an additional fee will be charged.
  10. Do not expect your dentures to function as your natural teeth.  Learn to know the limitations of your dentures and adjust your living habits accordingly.