Post-Operative Instructions Following Receiving Complete or Partial Dentures:
PLACEMENT: Using both hands, place the denture over your teeth in the correct alignment and push the denture into place with your thumbs or fore fingers.
REMOVAL: Using both hands, place your fingertips under the outside edges of the denture and pull upwards or downwards (depending on whether you have a upper or lower denture).
CLEANING: Please remove your denture every night, brush it thoroughly with soft tooth brush and mild tooth paste before soaking in denture cleansing tablet solution. Please do not sleep with your dentures in the mouth. Your mouth needs a break for oxygen.
STAIN & ODOR REMOVAL SOAK: Use one of the following solutions:
- ½ vinegar and ½ cool tap water for over night.
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda in ½ cup tap water for over night.
- Cool tap water and a denture cleaning solution like Polident for over night
NOTE: Heat will cause your denture to warp. Therefore, DO NOT USE HOT WATER when cleaning denture. If water is too hot for your fingers, then it is too hot for the denture. Also, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DENTURE IN A CAR OR NEXT TO A HEATER. However, when your denture is in position in your mouth, hot food or drink will not damage it.
At all times, try to condition yourself to keep your teeth slightly apart, even when wearing the denture. Your teeth should only touch when you swallow or eat. Separating the teeth will help your muscles to relax and reduce the stress on the jaw joint.
In the beginning, you may find that you have more saliva in your mouth. This is your mouth getting used to having something in it all the time. After a while, this should return to normal.
You probably will have sore teeth, a sore tongue and some muscle pain after getting your denture. This is only the muscles and your teeth becoming accustomed to the denture. These symptoms should subside in a few days.
The best way to learn to speak with your denture is to start right away enunciating more dramatically and reading or singing aloud to practice. It may take a few days to become accustomed to speaking with it. Remember, you sound worse to yourself than you do to others.
You should brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Since the denture covers your teeth and gums, your tongue is unable to remove any food particles and we do not want you to develop cavities or gum problems. When you brush your teeth, also take the time to clean your appliance.
Be careful with your denture. Keep your denture away from any pets, especially dogs! Dogs love chewing on dentures. Try not to drop your denture as it may break. Place your denture back in its case whenever it is not in use to prevent anyone from throwing it out. Don’t put your denture in your pocket because you may break it. Avoid flipping the denture with your tongue as that can damage your denture.
Please feel free to contact us at MirrorDentistry at (780) 489-9809, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or concerns.