If your dentist has recommended that you get a full set of dentures due to some extensive tooth deterioration over the years, you may have become resigned to this option. In fact, you may be looking forward to a new lease of life. Certainly, these dentures will allow you to reclaim all your functionality and be proud of your smile once again, but you do need to look after them very carefully. What type of measures should you take to maximise your experience?
Taking a Break
Dentures are not designed to be worn around the clock, and you should give your mouth plenty of time to recover each day. Experts recommend seven or eight hours, and this can perfectly coincide with your sleep time with little extra effort on your part.
Daily and Weekly Routine
Remember, bacteria and germs will build up, and your dentures will attract tartar and plaque just like regular teeth. Consequently, you should make sure that you soak them in warm water with a special compound added to eliminate those stains.
You will need to extend your cleaning regimen if you are to extend the life of your new dentures. Soaking by itself is not enough, and you should clean them carefully every day, just as you would if you still had your original teeth. Nevertheless, always get a special cleaning brush and be particularly careful when you deal with the area around your gums, so you don't irritate them and cause a possible infection.
Some people decide to massage their gums when their dentures are out, and you can use a washcloth that you soak in water for this purpose. This will help you get used to your dentures, especially during the first few weeks and months.
Dealing with Change
If you can feel any changes to the way that they fit, then you should get in touch with your dentist to discuss the matter. The shape of your bone and gum structure is going to change with time, and you may need to get an adjustment if the dentures don't fit as well anymore.
While your dentures may well become familiar as time goes by, this is no excuse to be blasé when it comes to careful handling. In particular, you should take care when you take them in or out and always do so when you're over a soft surface.
Dealing with Damage
Despite your best attention, accidents do happen, and you may be unlucky enough to drop your dentures onto a hard surface. If this happens, don't be surprised if they pick up some damage, as they are quite vulnerable, but the good news is that there are experts available to help fix this. Ask your dentist about denture repairs, and they can put you in touch with some technicians if they can't do the repairs themselves.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!