Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cruising with Removable Partial Dentures

Now that your dentist has recommended removable partial dentures to improve your smile, you are probably champing at the bit with questions (pun most definitely intended). It may take some time to get used to your new dental apparatus, but like driving a stick shift, it will quickly become second nature. The journey to comfort can be easier if you keep the following “rules of the road” in mind:
  1. Give it time. At first, eating and speaking while wearing dentures may feel uncomfortable. As long as the appliance has been fitted correctly, this should be temporary. Eat soft foods cut into small pieces, and avoid items that are sticky or hard-to-chew. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth. Practice speaking by reading aloud in private, repeating any difficult sounds. The good news is that your dentures should eventually improve both your eating and speaking.
  2. Keep them clean. First, brush your dentures daily and be sure to remove any food particles and plaque with either a denture toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush. Use an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved denture cleaner, a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. Toothpaste and household cleaners are too abrasive and may damage your dentures.
  3. Moisture is a denture’s best friend. When dentures dry out, they often lose their shape. Store your dentures in a commercial denture solution or a glass of water when they are not in your mouth.
  4. Watch the fit. Dentures that start feeling loose or uncomfortable signal that you should see us for an adjustment. Do-it-yourself kits are not a great idea because if you make a mistake, you can end up ruining the denture altogether. But don’t ignore a poorly fitting denture; wearing one that doesn’t fit properly can lead to mouth sores, bite problems, temporomandibular joint problems and other dental issues.
A removable partial denture can benefit your smile as well as your dental health. Come to us with any questions or concerns. And take heart: Soon you will cruise comfortably with your removable partial denture and hardly think twice about it.

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