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PATIENT CARE

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Denture Maintenance

You must clean your dentures daily, just as you would your natural teeth.  This means that after every meal the dentures must be cleaned, rinsed and brushed free of debris. 

*Dropping dentures in the sink during cleaning can cause it to break or crack. To avoid this, first fill the sink with water before brushing.

Dentures should be soaked in denture cleaner daily to weekly for 20 minutes. We recommend Renew Denture Cleaner, (available at our office) safe for use on permanent liners. 

Yearly examination and professional cleaning by your Denturist is required for the health of your mouth and denture. 

Every 2 years Dentures need to be relined to ensure optimal fit. When you replace teeth with traditional dentures, the bone that once supported them doesn’t get stressed the same way. Your denture will transfer chewing and biting force to your gums.This puts stress on the jawbone and causes it to break down,this along with normal wear from use and cleaning results in the dentures not having the best possible fit. Regular relines will help refit the denture to compensate for changes in fit.

Dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years.

Should you have any problems or questions, call the office 403-320-5722. We are here to help!  

Immediate Denture Guidelines

Dentures are constructed by the Denturist, before the remaining natural teeth are extracted by the Dentist. Upon surgical extraction by the Dentist, the dentures will be immediately inserted in the mouth. The denture will act as a splint to help promote healing of the sockets by reducing swelling, preventing food particles from entering open sockets, and any trauma from chewing and closing on the healing tissues. It will be a rough ride for the first couple of weeks, until we apply the tissue conditioner. 

Post Extraction

Expect several adjustments to the dentures over the first few weeks as the swelling subsides. Soft foods should be eaten such as mashed potatoes, overcooked pasta, soups, smoothies, fish etc…  Reading a book out loud is a great way to practice your speech and get used to your new dentures. 

2 weeks after extractions, most dentures become loose because of the healing process, a tissue conditioner (temporary liner) is placed in the denture by the Denturist. The tissue conditioner is applied chair-side in a short appointment and is applied only if needed, at no cost to the patient.

3 months after extractions, most dentures become loose as you continue to heal, because of bone loss due to healing and connective tissue remodeling. Another tissue conditioner is placed in the dentures by the Denturist. This is applied chair-side in a short appointment during the healing period. *Will be billed to the patient as outlined in the treatment plan.

6 months after extractions,bone remodeling has stabilized enough to have the permanent reline placed. The residual ridge (where your teeth were) will slowly resorb over time, it’s important to keep your dentures fitting properly to maintain oral health. A permanent processed reline is a day-long procedure consisting of an early morning impression appointment, leaving the dentures to be processed,followed by a late afternoon reinsertion. *Will be billed to the patient as outlined in the treatment plan.

Denturist holding a pair of fake teeth
elderly woman putting in her dentures

Immediate Denture Care

Once the Dentist has inserted the dentures immediately after extractions do not remove the dentures for the first 24 hours. You will have a scheduled post-extraction appointment with the Denturist the day after your extractions.The Denturist will be the first one to remove the denture. They will clean the denture, adjust any pressure points, and reinsert the denture.

During the 1st week following extractions please wear the dentures 24 hours a day (sleep with the denture) and only remove the dentures for cleaning after meals.

From the 2nd week onward, wear your dentures during the day and remove them while sleeping overnight. Dentures must be removed for a minimum of 2 hours a day.  Place your dentures in a clean water bath when not in your mouth.

Do NOT use any denture cleaners during the first 6 months with your new denture. Use plain, original toothpaste. Using denture cleaners during the first 6 months the denture cleaner will ruin the tissue conditioner.

Home Care Tips for Dentures

New dentures can be difficult for you to get used to. After extractions your mouth is going through very dramatic changes.

It’s normal to need adjustments on new dentures. Call us to schedule an adjustment. You will likely experience dentures sores, needing to be treated immediately by the Denturist. Rinse with warm salt water or use Pro Relief Dental Gel (available at our office) while sores are healing.

Dentures should be rinsed prior to placing in your mouth. They stick tighter to your gums this way.

Your denture will likely be loose during the 6 month healing period. Once you are fully healed, if your denture does not stay in place on its own, denture adhesive or paste may be needed. This should not be considered a crutch, but an aid to better denture adhesion and fit.

Eating with dentures is not like eating with natural teeth.  Biting into apples, carrots, and steak is not advised.  In order to eat with dentures, cut food in smaller pieces and chew on both right and left sides at the same time.

To maintain the health of your mouth and gums, the dentures must be removed from your mouth at least 2 hours every day. When not in your mouth, dentures must be kept in a clean water bath.

rinsing dentures under the bathroom tap

Home Care Instructions for Your Dentures

New dentures can be difficult while you get used to them. Reading a book out loud is a great way to practice your speech and get used to your new dentures. 

It’s normal to need adjustments on your new dentures. Call us to schedule an adjustment. FREE adjustments are included for 3 months after delivery. After 3 months adjustments will be charged.

You will likely experience dentures sores,needing to be treated immediately by the Denturist. Rinse with warm salt water or use Pro Relief Dental Gel (available at our office) while sores are healing.

Dentures should be rinsed prior to placing in your mouth. They stick tighter to your gums this way.

If your denture does not stay in place on its own, denture adhesive or paste may be needed. This should not be considered a crutch but an aid to better denture adhesion and fit.

Eating with your dentures is not like eating with natural teeth.  Biting into apples, carrots, and steak is not advised.  In order to eat with dentures, cut food in smaller pieces and chew on both right and left sides at the same time.

To maintain the health of your mouth and gums, the dentures must be removed from your mouth at least 2 hours every day. 

When not in your mouth, dentures must be kept in a clean water bath.

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