Trask Denture Clinic Answers Frequently Asked Questions
- Daily soaking and cleaning is needed for full and partial dentures. Soaking your denture will eliminate stains and bacteria buildup. We recommend DentureBrite™ denture cleaner.
- In addition to soaking, use liquid dish soap or a non-abrasive toothpaste on a soft tooth brush to clean your dentures. Use care to not aggressively scrub your dentures, as you may scratch and damage the finish.
- Gently brush your gums and tongue with a soft brush and water.
- Never use bleach or pour boiling hot water on your dentures.
- Slippery when wet! Use care to not drop your denture. Do any work over a towel, or fill the sink halfway with water before brushing.
- The entire oral cavity needs to adapt to the new size and shape of your denture. We know you want to try out your new dentures on your favorite foods; smaller bites of softer food are recommended for the first few meals. As coordination and comfort increase, you will find it easier to challenge yourself with harder, crunchier and tougher foods.
- Your tongue is a muscle and will adapt very quickly to the new tooth positioning. Generally within a few weeks your speech sounds will be mastered and comfortable.
Sore Spots & Adjustments
- Sore spots on the gums are not uncommon for those who are wearing dentures for the first time. Fortunately, such problems usually require only a small adjustment. Call Trask Denture Clinic if your dentures are bothering you, and we’ll get you in right away for an adjustment.
- Tissue rest is essential to restore blood flow to the denture-bearing areas. For most denture wearers, it is advisable to take your dentures out at night.
How long will it take to get used to wearing my new partial denture?
For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down, since this could bend or break the clasps. Over time, adjusting the partial denture may be necessary, as your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Loose partial dentures can cause various problems, including sores or damage to the remaining natural teeth. Call us promptly if your partial denture becomes loose.
Annual Recall Examination
- Once per year Warren Trask will do an oral examination and check the fit of your dentures. Your dentures can also be professionally cleaned and polished at this time.
We suggest that you may need to:
- Reline your dentures every 2 to 4 years.
- Replace your dentures every 5 to 9 years, depending on the amount of wear on the teeth and changes to your mouth.
More questions? Be sure to give us a call at Trask Denture Clinic and ask the experts! We’re always happy to provide answers to our patients’ denture-related questions.