Acrylic Dentures – Practical Advice

It is completely natural to feel self-conscious and embarrassed as you transition to your new dentures. However, the longer you wear them, the more natural they will feel.

The shape of your mouth continues to change throughout your life so you may experience your dentures don’t fit as well as you would like. Make sure you visit the practice regularly to ensure the best fit.

TIPS

Eating Tips – Start with soft foods. Some good examples are eggs, fish and cooked vegetables

  • Ease back into eating the foods you love with small quantities cut into smaller pieces
  • Consider using a denture adhesive to help your dentures feel more secure and give you a greater bite force. Denture adhesives can also seal out irritating food particles that can become trapped between your dentures and gums

Speaking Tips – Don’t worry if your voice sounds odd to you at first. This is much more noticeable to you than to anyone else.

  • If your dentures ‘click’ when you speak, try speaking more slowly to avoid movements that raise and/or move your denture
  • Bite and swallow before speaking. To help prevent your dentures from slipping when you speak, we recommend you use a denture adhesive.
  • Practice reading aloud while wearing your dentures.

Denture adhesives are designed to:

  • Increase the hold of your dentures and allow you to eat the foods you love.
  • Reduce denture movement and cushion your gums making your dentures feel more comfortable.
  • Provide a seal along the edges of the denture which helps prevent food getting trapped underneath.
  • Enable you to feel confident in social situations.

Taking good care of your dentures helps ensure that they look and feel their best

  • Brush your dentures with a non-abrasive paste and a soft nylon denture brush, taking care to remove any remaining residue.
  • Soak for as long as indicated by the manufacturer of the cleanser. This will ensure a deep clean and kill any bacteria.
  • Rinse your dentures under running cold tap water. Dry carefully.
  • Do not sleep with your dentures in. This will allow the soft tissues in your mouth to recoop and maintain their health.
  • Any natural teeth must be brushed twice daily with fluoride toothpaste when dentures are not in-situ.