It was our pleasure to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and natural-looking complete dentures. After a few weeks of adjustments we assure you that you will enjoy years of satisfaction and use from your dentures provided you observe the following cautions and general guidelines.
- First Few Weeks: New dentures will naturally feel unfamiliar on your first try. Several days or even a few weeks will be required for you to feel accustomed to them. You may feel you salivate excessively and talk differently, this too will subside.
- Sore Areas: It is normal to have a few sore spots within 24 hours after you first put in your prosthesis. An initial readjustment appointment should be made to see the doctor within couple of days of receiving the dentures and another about seven days later. This will usually eliminate any other sore areas. It may be necessary from time to time to have adjustments as your tissues naturally change.
- Bite: You will have an uncomfortable bite for a period of days but this is normal. We will adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after 24 hours, and again in about one week after the dentures have settled into place.
- Upper and Lower Dentures: An upper denture will have a comfortable feel with moderate-to-strong suction. Although your lower denture will have good stability, it is infrequent that suction can be expected on a lower denture. We suggest that you avoid denture adhesives unless you really have difficulty.
- Oral Cleansing: It is easy to clean your dentures just by using a denture brush and toothpaste. Denture soaks can also be used. Remember to brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once daily to clean and toughen them. Don’t wear your dentures at night but instead leave them soaking in a diluted mouthwash solution before you go to sleep.
- Check-ups: The bones in our jaw and our gums normally shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when have missing teeth. This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures. Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated every six(6) months. We will let you know if relining or re-basing of your dentures is necessary. Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Even dentures that fit comfortably need to be regularly checked along with your tissue. Oral Cancer Screenings should be performed yearly.
We are confident that we have provided you with the finest quality materials available in modern dentistry. We will support you in your adjustment to your new dentures.
Remember, only your continuing care and concern can assure long-term good dental health. Please call us at (408) 867-1800 if you have concerns.