Post Op - Denture or Partial

Denture or Partial
Denture or Partial Care near Canandaigua, Victor & Geneva, NY

Caring for your Denture of Partial
  • When first using your new denture or partial it is sometimes difficult to chew foods you have in the past. Please choose softer foods and work your way up to harder things. 
  • Your tongue will have to be retrained to learn how to chew. 
  • If chewing with a full denture, cutting up your food and chewing on both sides at the same time will lead to more stability versus chewing with just your front teeth.
  • It is important to clean your dentures as if they were your natural teeth.
  • Daily, use an antibacterial dish soap and denture brush to keep them free from plaque and tarter build up. This will help keep them looking like new. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach to clean the dentures.
  • Take them out at least twice a day to clean them and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
  • If you have remaining teeth in your mouth use a soft toothbrush and tooth paste on them and gently massage your gum tissue with the toothbrush.
  • Take your denture out every night and soak in a denture bath.
  • When dentures are not in your mouth, place them in a denture cleaning agent or in water. Never let the denture dry out, this will cause it to become weak and brittle. Dentures are very brittle. Dropping them in the sink or on the floor will damage the teeth on the denture.
  • Your dentures pick up the scent from the foods you consume. Animals, especially dogs, love to chew them up. So be CAREFUL where placing them when they are not in your mouth.
  • Your mouth needs time to breathe, so we encourage you to take your denture out while sleeping to ensure healthy tissue.
  • It is important to see the dentist if something changes in the fit of your denture or partial.
  • It is very typical for a new denture to cause a “sore spot” on the gums. If a sore spot occurs you can use salt water rinsing to help with the healing process.
  • Once a sore spot appears the denture may need to be adjusted. Please do not attempt this on your own as when you come in there is no charge for the first year.
  • Finally, yearly checkups are encouraged even if you have no natural teeth. This is to ensure that your mouth is in healthy shape and to complete an oral cancer exam.
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