FAQS About Dentures

Dentures can be a big adjustment for new users. Dentures are removable prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. They’re not replacements for missing teeth in the sense of their functionality however but are more of an aesthetic replacement. Dentures can help with chewing and pronunciation as well as boosting self-esteem. Well, your dentist in Berwick is here today to answer some of your questions about dentures and help you understand more about the prosthetic.

What are the different types of dentures?

When it comes to dentures there are two types. The first is known as ‘complete dentures’ and is used in cases where all teeth need replacing. As the name suggests, the prosthetic is for the entire set of teeth. The other is ‘partial dentures’ where only some of the teeth need replacing.


How do I clean my dentures?

Cleaning your dentures is important. You should clean your dentures every day to mitigate plaque build-up. Simply use a soft toothbrush with water and soap – or denture paste – over a sink to clean it. On top of this, you should give them a deep rinse using effervescent tablets every now and then as well.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue, palate and gums morning and night as well before you put your dentures back in. If there is a major build-up of plaque, then you should dip your dentures into a glass full of water with a small amount of vinegar.

You should avoid using regular toothpaste on your dentures as the chemicals contained within them are not meant to be used on such prosthetics. As a result, this can damage the dentures. If your dentures are damaged or break, then do not attempt to repair them yourself and instead consult your local Dentist in Berwick.


What are some initial feelings that may come with new dentures?

Increased saliva production is one thing that you will notice as well as altered speech. It will take some time to get used to having prosthetic teeth so you’ll have to be patient as initial pains and sores will arise.

Try to stay away from overly-solid and hot foods, as your tissue heals and becomes acquainted with your dentures. A good way to tackle new dentures is to cut your food into smaller pieces making them easier to chew and consume.


Am I able to sleep in my dentures?

Yes, you are able to sleep in your dentures. However, we recommend that you take them out whilst you sleep to give your jaw a chance to relax. During this time, you would store the prosthetics in water. You should never wear your dentures for a full 24-hours without taking them out and cleaning them properly. If for whatever reason you must wear them for the majority of the day then you should try to find the time to perform proper oral hygiene on them at least twice throughout.


How do I eat with dentures?

Eating with dentures is more-or-less the same as eating with natural teeth. As stated earlier, it is a good idea to stay away from hot foods and drinks initially as well as hard foods. You’ll have to eat slowly, to begin with, but as you become accustomed to the process then it will become easier and you can start introducing more foods into your diet. Cutting your food into smaller pieces will definitely help not only initially but all round as well. The smaller pieces will help the chewing capabilities of your dentures.


What is relining?

Eventually, your dentures will lose their fit and won’t be as tight as they once were. When this begins to happen then you’ll notice as they’ll become looser. This is when you’ll need a dentist in Berwick to reline them.

Relining dentures is when an experienced Prosthodontist realigns the base of the dentures so that they once again fit correctly. This can be done by adding material to the base. Whilst minor adjustments can be made in a Prosthodontist’s office, larger adjustments require further work and could leave you without your dentures for several days whilst they’re relined in a lab.


Do you need a dentist in Berwick?

If you think you may need dentures in Berwick, then Eden Rise Dental is the clinic for you. With years of experience, our friendly and professional staff are able to answer any further questions you may have when it comes to dentures, as well as any of the other dental services we offer.

If you would like to know more about dentures or our other services, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9702 6111 or send us a message through our website here.