Hallsville area dentist explains the best practices for living with your new dentures
Dr. Bruyere of Longview, TX, is known throughout the area for putting the “care” back in dental care. Patients from Hallsville and other communities throughout the area turn to Dr. Bruyere not only for quality treatment with beautiful results, but also for honest answers, sound advice, and the compassion of a true friend. He believes that patient education is one of the most valuable services that he offers. Denture patients often have many questions about the best way to adapt to, care for, and live with their new teeth.u
Eating, speaking, and other basic tasks may seem challenging at first. This is normal. Your muscles, nerves, soft tissues, and automatic reactions to stimulus have adapted to your missing, loose, or damaged teeth. Therefore, anything else will feel foreign. Don’t worry, before you know it, you will adapt to your dentures, and feel as if you’ve always worn them.
Keep it clean
Dental materials will not decay. However, they will accumulate plaque and host harmful bacteria. If not cleaned regularly, they can accumulate hardened tartar, just like teeth. While the importance of oral hygiene remains the same, the technique is very different.
Use a denture brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste, or a cleaner formulated specifically for dentures. Be sure to clean all surfaces of the appliance, and rinse with tepid water. Never expose your dentures to extreme heat, such as boiling water. Overnight soaking solutions can help remove stains, and freshen your dentures.
As the soft tissue in your mouth conforms to the appliance, it will generally become more comfortable. However, occasionally problem areas will develop. It is not uncommon to need a few minor adjustments to a new denture. If you notice a specific spot causing a sore or other problem, give us a call and Dr. Bruyere will be happy to see you.
Excellent oral health is a team effort, and we believe in working with our patients. Whether you are learning to wear dentures, looking for ways to restore and preserve teeth, or embarking on a smile transformation journey with cosmetic dentistry, you are not alone. We will be here for you every step of the way. Call us at 903.708.6116 and schedule an appointment today.