Are you scheduled for dentures treatment, or considering extractions to prepare for dentures? These tips from Dr. Karen Ho at Dentistry on Parkdale in Hamilton, ON will help you adapt quickly. Even if you are a long-time denture wearer, you may discover additional ways to get enjoyment from your smile.
Denture materials and techniques have changed a great deal since your grandparent’s time. Today’s patient has many options in denture type, with strong, lightweight, and even flexible materials that look natural while restoring function.
A partial denture holds one or multiple replacement teeth in the upper or lower arch. It is removable for easy cleaning, held in place for chewing and speaking with clips that fasten around existing teeth.
A full denture is an entire arch of replacement teeth, and “complete dentures” refers to a set of uppers and lowers. An immediate denture is a full denture designed and fabricated in advance. It is inserted on the day of extractions, so you don’t have to go without teeth while your mouth heals. It is relined after recovery, to ensure a secure fit. An implant-retained denture is a full denture stabilized with four or more dental implants. This type of denture provides the highest level of secure, comfortable fit.
Our dentists help you decide if dentures are the most appropriate treatment for your situation, and select the type that fits your mouth, lifestyle, and budget. Once your dentures have been made, expect a brief period of adjustment.
Most patients adapt quickly to talking with dentures, and in fact speak more clearly than without teeth. It just takes a little training, especially since you may tend to produce excess saliva at first. Try reading out loud from a favorite book or magazine, in front of a mirror. You will be encouraged by how great you look, and quickly discover words that require a bit more practice.
We recommend taking dentures out at night to allow soft tissues of the mouth to revitalize. To remove dentures, begin by washing your hands. Swish plain water in the mouth and spit. Place a thumb against the inside of the upper denture pressing upward and outward, toward the tip of the nose to loosen natural suction. Gently rock the lower denture while pulling forward. Place dentures on a towel. If you use denture adhesive, wipe it from gums with a clean, moistened washcloth. Follow the hygiene technique outlined below. Then place dentures in a cup of water overnight to keep materials conditioned.
Clean dentures at least one time a day to keep mouth tissues healthy and breath fresh. Here are step-by-step denture cleaning instructions:
Take time to explore eating with dentures. Begin with soft foods such as eggs, ground beef, fish, rice, and blueberries. As you become confident, expand into foods that require more aggressive chewing, cutting food into bite-sized morsels. Biting directly into hard foods such as raw carrots and eating very sticky candies are not recommended.
Wearing dentures certainly doesn’t preclude dating and romance. Flash a big smile to make a favorable first impression. With good oral hygiene, your mouth will be clean and fresh. If your date includes a meal, select foods you are familiar with and slow down, chewing on both sides of the mouth as evenly as possible. When the time is right, go in for the kiss with confidence!
Dr. Karen Ho is a trusted dentist serving patients of all ages in Hamilton, Ontario. Having studied at prestigious institutes such as McMaster University and University of Toronto and trained at Hartford Hospital (General Practice Residency), she opened her private practice in 2003.
Dr. Ho is committed to lifelong learning as she believes that she can serve her community better by constantly updating herself. She is affiliated with many professional organisations like the Academy of General Dentistry, Institute for Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry, The Dawson Academy Study Club, Niagara Peninsula Dental Diagnostic Study Club, Hamilton Chapter of the Seattle Study Club (Founding Member), and Boston and Tufts Universities.