A removable denture is a dental apparatus which can be taken out and put in as you wish, and which you must therefore remove for cleaning. This kind of apparatus requires a period of adaptation by the patient and regular dental check-ups. This said, there is an enormous difference between a partial denture with several of your own teeth to slot in between and one which has only two teeth to hold it in place. If you have none of your own teeth, these dentures are said to be complete dentures. Generally speaking for this kind of dentures, the top set tends to be a lot more comfortable than the bottom one.
Initially, the denture may feel enormous, as if you’d put a brick into your mouth. This is due to the fact that your tongue and the oral mucosa are highly sensitive to the size and shape of the food you eat. However, fortunately your mouth will soon get used to the new situation.
The denture may feel unstable and as if it won’t stay still in your mouth. The muscles we use to help us chew and talk must unconsciously learn to hold the dentures in place, particularly in the case of complete dentures. The process is not unlike learning to ride a bike. If you have a complete lower set, your lips and cheeks will have to help to hold it in place, so that if you chew on one side, your muscles will stop the denture from tilting upwards on the other side
As far as pronunciation is concerned, talking for a few hours with those around you or reading aloud will normally immediately correct any defects.
If you do have a problem eating or speaking properly, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do what’s necessary to make your dentures a snug fit.
Your denture may initially cause a little irritation or reddening which will disappear in a few days. However, should it rub excessively or even cause an ulcer, with the discomfort this entails, your denture must be filed down in that precise spot for immediate relief of the symptoms. This happens because your dentures must be adapted to the movement of your mouth.
That’s why we don’t always have to adjust the denture, or perhaps only very slightly, particularly in the case of dentures with more teeth to support them. However, particularly in the case of complete dentures, you will probably have to make several visits to your dentist until they become completely comfortable.
Whatever the case, remember that removable dentures do have slight disadvantages and that there are other alternatives, such as fixed dentures on filed teeth (crowns and bridges) or dentures fixed to implants, which can also be fixed or removable, but which are a lot more stable.
Cleaning your dentures
You must clean your dentures by removing them three times a day, after every meal, when brushing your own teeth and gums. A special denture brush is required, larger and stronger than a regular toothbrush. However, if you’re not at home or at work, you can use a regular toothbrush to clean both your dentures and your natural teeth.
Once a day, normally in the morning after breakfast, while having a shower for example, you should put your dentures in a glass and fill it with water until all of the denture is covered, but no more, adding a special effervescent tablet to give them a perfect clean.
If you only have a very small denture, half a tablet will be sufficient. The reason for using these tablets is to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the porous resin used to make dentures. This bacteria cannot be removed by brushing.
It’s advisable to wear your removable denture throughout the day and night.
Some people prefer to sleep without wearing their denture. In this case, the denture should be cleaned with the effervescent tablet and left to dry in a special box that we will give you at the surgery. This said, sometimes it’s essential to keep your denture in all night, if you grind or clench your teeth for instance, or if you have very few natural teeth and which, without dentures, would cause excessive stress on your remaining teeth lead to their loss, fracture or exaggerated movement over time.
These removable dentures wear down with time, and to an even greater extent if you grind your teeth. Similarly, the morphology of your jaw changes, and with it your gum and your bone. That’s why it’s very important to visit our surgery once a year for a check-up of both your denture and of the natural teeth that support it.
To keep your denture snugly adjusted to your gums, every few years it is advisable to have it filed down or filled in. This is due to the fact that, in the area supporting your denture, the lack of natural teeth will cause your bone and therefore your gums to lose height and width.