Denture Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the different types of dentures?

There are two types of dentures.

  1. The first is known as ‘complete dentures ‘or ‘full dentures’ and is used in cases where all teeth need replacing. As the name suggests, the prosthetic is for the entire set of teeth.
  2. The other is ‘partial dentures’ where only some of the teeth need replacing.

How do I clean my dentures?

Cleaning your dentures is important.

You should clean your dentures every day to mitigate plaque build-up.

Simply use a soft toothbrush with water and soap – or denture paste – over a sink to clean it.

On top of this, you should give them a deep rinse using effervescent tablets every now and then as well.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue, palate, and gums morning and night as well before you put your dentures back in.

If there is a major build-up of plaque, then you should dip your dentures into a glass full of water with a small amount of vinegar.

You should avoid using regular toothpaste on your dentures as the chemicals contained within them are not meant to be used on such prosthetics.

As a result, this can damage dentures. If your dentures are damaged or break, then do not attempt to repair them yourself give your local dentist a call asap.

Am I able to sleep with my dentures?

Yes, you are able to sleep with your dentures in.

However, all dentists will recommend that you take them out while you sleep to give your jaw a chance to relax.

During this time you can store them in a glass of water, or use this chance to clean them using effervescent tablets.

What are some initial feelings that may come with new dentures?

Increased saliva production is one thing that you will notice as well as altered speech.

It will take some time to get used to having prosthetic teeth so you’ll have to be patient as initial pains and sores will arise.

Try to stay away from overly-solid and hot foods, as your tissue heals and becomes acquainted with your dentures.

A good way to tackle new dentures is to cut your food into smaller pieces making them easier to chew and consume