A Few Things You Should Know When Getting Dentures
Getting dentures is one of the best solutions that you can opt for when you’ve lost your natural teeth. But, the procedure of getting dentures can be a little bit scary as well as exciting at the same time. This is a stressful time and getting ready for the things that you may witness during this procedure and learning how to take good care of the dentures will definitely make this period easier and more convenient. Of course, you should be prepared for a period of time when you will have to get used to the dentures and talking to your denture technician during this period of time is crucial.
Now let’s see what patients can expect in the first 30 days after they start wearing dentures.
There’s no doubt that this can be a very difficult day. In most cases, patients had some teeth pulled and the dentures are placed over these areas and serve as some sort of band-aid. It’s not uncommon for doctors to prescribe antibiotics or painkillers to their patients. If you have a prescription like this, follow the instructions. Wearers should not remove their dentures on the first day. On the second day, patients have to visit the denture clinic where the denture technician will remove the dentures. On the first day, you should eat very soft foods like mashed potatoes, soups, pasta, and ice cream.
Days 2 to 14
The following days are the period of time when the patients are recovering. This is the time when you can feel uncomfortable due to the presence of sore areas and an increased production of saliva.
Don’t forget that you should visit your denture technician on a regular basis because he or she will adjust the dentures (if needed). In some cases, you will have to visit them a few times.
Many patients need a few adjustments before the dentures fit well, so don’t be embarrassed to visit your denture technician a few times. In this period of time, you will keep eating soft foods. In case you are dealing with a lot of pain and discomfort and this situation affects your eating, you should take some drinks rich in proteins and vitamins.
Day 15 to 30
On the 15th day, the secretion of saliva should be normalized and the sore area should be recovered. It’s possible for some patients to have difficulties while eating or speaking, but these difficulties should ease with time. It’s crucial to stay positive. Don’t forget that you have your denture technician on your side!
Even though dentures are often called false teeth, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need maintenance. You will still have to clean them at least two times a day, just like in the case of natural teeth.
It’s good to know that there are specially designed denture pastes, brushes, and mouthwash products for denture cleaning. It is possible to find soaking tablets that should be used once a week to maintain the properties of the dentures.
In some cases, patients will find denture adhesive helpful, but in others this adhesive is useless. This adhesive represents a film that looks like glue which is used on the inner side of the dentures to create a seal which keeps the dentures in the right position and prevent leftovers accumulation.
The decision to wear dentures is not a simple one. But, with the right denture technician, you should be able to go through this process without any hassles.
This blog post was brought to you by Didsbury Denture Centre. To find out more, please visit www.didsburydentures.com or call 0161 445 5459 and speak with a Clinical Dental Technician.