We offer a range of cosmetic dentures to suit all budgets including simple acrylic dentures, flexible dentures and metal cobalt-chrome dentures. We are able to provide you with a natural looking denture, that can be finished in a toughened acrylic avoiding fractured dentures.
Taking care of your dentures
Removing your dentures
At Wycherley’s we advise you to remove your dentures at night once you are used to them to allow your mouth to rest and relax. Always take care when removing dentures as they can be extremely fragile.
To remove them:
- Swish mouth with water.
- Slowly remove denture using a rocking motion.
- Remove fixative residue from denture and mouth with warm water and a soft brush.
Soaking with a denture cleansing tablet has several benefits such as helping to remove stains, plaque, odour-causing bacteria and providing cleanliness and freshness.
For good cleaning results drop a cleansing tablet into enough warm water (not hot) to cover denture, then soak for the amount of time specified on the pack. The denture can also be left in the solution overnight.
For the best result, brush with the solution using a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the dentures. Make sure you brush over a sink of water to protect the denture if it is dropped.
Discard the remaining cleanser solution after use and rinse the denture thoroughly with running water.
Getting used to your dentures
Day 1- Getting used to eating
Wearing dentures is a new experience. At first you may feel as though they are too large for your mouth or that your lips are being pushed forward, you may even feel concerned about whether they will fall out.
Try not to worry – millions of others have adapted to living with dentures.
One of the first things that you may have to tackle is eating with your new denture.
- Start with soft foods such as fish, eggs and chopped meat (chicken rather than steak) and cooked vegetables
- Cut food into small bite-sized pieces or take smaller bites.
- Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time. This can help stop your denture from moving and allow you to get used to them quicker.
- If you find food gets trapped under your denture, you may find that a cream adhesive help by forming a seal to block out particles.
Day 2 to 15 – Adjusting to life with dentures
As your mouth adjusts to your new denture you may find that you have more saliva in your mouth than normal. His is a fairly common reaction and nothing to worry about.
Some people worry that their speech may sound different to before or that they may find certain sounds difficult. Your tongue will soon adjust but you could try the following to help:
- Practice saying difficult words – sometimes it can help to practice in front of a mirror
- Read a book, newspaper or magazine out loud
- To help keep your dentures in place while you talk, laugh, cough or smile, try biting gently down on the denture and swallowing. This helps keep your denture in the right position.
You may also find that you develop some sore spots where your dentures rub against your gums. This may be a sign of a poorly-fitting denture, so if you find that the irritation exists for more than a few days, visit us at Wycherley’s Dental Practice to have it checked. Always see us if you feel any pain resulting from your dentures.
During the first few days you may be advised to wear your dentures almost all of the time, even at night. As you get used to them you may be advised to remove them at night to allow your gums to rest and to help maintain a healthy mouth.
Day 15 to 3 months – An improvement in confidence
During this period you should find that the problems of the first couple of weeks are starting to improve. You may even have returned to eating a wider variety of foods such as hard vegetables, meats and fruits.
In the early stages you may find that your dentures feel looser. This isn’t due to the dentures changing shape: teeth and gums can shrink after teeth have been removed and this change in the shape of your mouth will alter the fit of your dentures. You may need to revisit Wycherley’s to have your dentures adjusted so that they fit better.
3 months to 1 year – A return to normality
By now you should be feeling more at ease with your dentures. While they may not be feeling like a comfortable pair of shoes they should be getting there!
Remember that your gums are still healing from any extractions so you have had, so you may find that your dentures do not fit as well as you would like. This should settle although many wearers have had their dentures re-fitted at some point, so don’t forget to ask Dr Jakhu or one of the team at Wycherley’s for advice.
Every year – An annual denture check
With proper care your dentures should last for many years, but you should still visit Wycherley’s Dental Practice at least once a year to make sure they fit properly. Over time bones and gums can shrink, meaning dentures can lose their fit; if you lose weight this can also affect the dentures fitting.
When you visit Wycherley’s they will not only check your denture and remaining teeth but also make sure that the soft parts of your mouth, such as your tongue and cheeks are healthy too using the VELscope soft tissue scanner which checks to oral abnormalities. These are important checks as we can spot any infections or other mouth problems, even mouth cancer at an early stage. Ask Dr Jakhu how often you should visit for a check-up.