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Denture Info (practical information for everyone)
This is a nice list of things related to new denture wearers. A good friend of mine was nice enough to allow me to post her paper on my site to inform others. Hope this will help some of you out there. Thanks again Lee for letting me add this to my site. It is really informative.

 

Anyone who reads this and is about to get dentures, have faith and pace yourself. Keep your attitude positive and the outcome will be positive too

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AFTER AN EXTRACTION!

It is critical to keep the area clean and prevent infection immediately following the removal of a tooth. Your dentist will ask you to bite down gently on a piece of dry, sterile gauze, which you must keep in place for up to 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn't smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction. In some cases, your dentist will recommend a pain killer or prescribe one for you. It may help to apply an ice pack to the face for 15 minutes at a time. You may also NOT want to drink through a straw, do limit strenuous activity, and avoid hot liquids. The day after the extraction, your dentist may suggest that you begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (do not swallow the water).You can brush your teeth But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.

Under normal circumstances, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call your dentist at once

Soreness of your gums and the inside of your cheek might be sore for a few days. Especially if the dentist had to do a lot of cutting and suturing. It is not unusual for the dentist to slip with a tool and cut the inside of your cheek. The standard treatment to speed up healing is to rinse your mouth with warm salt water. 1 teaspoon salt to a glass of water (Don't swallow it) A Popsicle can help reduce the swelling and pain when you hold them on the affected area. Just remember not to suck them.

Do not to look in your mouth for 2 weeks and just let nature take its course

Use a bag of Frozen English peas to put on your face for swelling

Do not take aspirin or any Ibuprofen if you are experiencing a lot of bleeding because it will thin your blood and make you bleed more.

WAYS TO AVOID DRY SOCKET

Avoid smoking, drinking through straws, or doing anything which causes a sucking action as this creates a negative space, or vacuum condition which can cause the blood clot to dislodge from the socket.

No carbonated drinks

What to do if you get dry socket?

Get clove oil and it will take all the pain away immediately. Don't swallow to much of it, it will make you sick to your stomach

Your initial adjustment period with your new dentures

Leave dentures in for the first 24 hours or longer according to your dentist.

Feelings of fullness & increased salivation will decrease with time.

Expect sore spots to develop during this initial adjustment period.

rinse with warm salt water rinses.

Gagging

If you are having a problem with gagging with your new dentures you could try the following..

Spray Chloraseptic Spray on you palate right before putting your denture in and then try and forget about it and try to get use to it while your numb.

You can also try gargling with mouthwash w/ the high alcohol content and hold it in the back of our mouth for 20 or 30 seconds. It will numb the gag reflex..

You can also try staying up really late and put the denture in right before going to sleep .

Chewing gum will help considerably and sucking on hard candy after the first week or so may cause dry socket

 

LEARNING TO EAT

Learning to eat with dentures takes time. Eating with dentures will never be as easy or efficient as eating with natural teeth. Be patient.

Chew your food on both sides of the mouth at once to stop the denture from tipping and moving about.

Don't rush to eat solid foods.

Trying to chew hard foods too early will only aggravate the gums and slow down the healing process too. In the meantime practice chewing soft foods to get a feel for how the dentures behave in your mouth. For semi-solid foods put small, even amounts on both sides of your mouth and chew slowly

Breads and cheese have a tendency to stick to plastic.

 

THINGS TO EAT

Mashed potatoes, soup (don't slurp), applesauce, chicken n dumplings, oatmeal, grounded hamburger meat w/ sauce

You will need a food processor w/ the S blade and a grating attachment

PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT/SHAKE The protein should be 15 to 28g.If the TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE is more than 5g, don't bother with it.

9 tablespoons of ground flax seed a day will give you a good minimum of fiber.

You can mix 1-3T in oatmeal. Store ground flax seed in the freezer

Ice slurpee

Popsicles (do not suck)

THINGS NOT TO EAT!!
DO NOT try rice. steer clear of it during the first week or so. The grains can slip in between the plate and gums and if you havent taken them out yet it would be awful!!!!

Chocolate pudding for the first week because it is too thick and you do not need to spit so you will avoid dry socket

Dry Socket

What to do if you get dry socket?

Get clove oil and it will take all the pain away immediately. Don't swallow to much of it, it will make you sick to your stomach

Talking with your new dentures

Adjusting takes time - read out loud to speed up the process

Muscles will need to be re-educated so they will retain the denture.

The feeling of crowding of the tongue will decrease with time

If you have trouble speaking practice pronouncing the letters you're having trouble with.

HOW TO CLEAN DENTURE

Tips: Always brush your denture over a sink full of water, or over a sink lined with a facecloth or towel. This way, if you drop your denture, the impact will be less severe..

1)Rinse your dentures thoroughly to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. But never use hot water - it can warp your dentures
2) Apply a denture cleaning paste to a moistened soft-bristled denture toothbrush. Do not use ordinary toothpaste, bleach, vinegar or soap unless directed to do so by your dental professional.

After every meal, gently brush your denture over its entire surface, paying special attention to the interproximal spaces and to the areas that come in contact with your gums.

3)Brushing too vigorously, using an abrasive paste, or brush with hard bristles each

Bring their own problems. The dulling of your artificial teeth, premature wear and tear of your dentures, or thinning of the acrylic lining which affects the fit of your dentures. An acrylic surface that has been scratched by an abrasive substance easily absorbs saliva, which carries food particles that cause stains.

4)It is also recommended that you gently brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth with a moistened, soft-bristle brush. This daily one-minute massage stimulates your circulation and tones your gum tissue, while ridding your mouth of bacteria

5) Always rinse your denture thoroughly under warm running water before putting it back in your mouth or before soaking. Making this a habit will save you from swallowing any cleaning solution, as well as from contaminating your soaking solution.
6)To give your mouth and extra, fresh clean feeling, rinse with mouthwash several times a day. This also helps keep your breath fresher longer. It is also recommended that you rinse your mouth frequently to rid of proliferating bacteria.

7)Rinsing your mouth with salt water can have an appreciable therapeutic effect.

8)Never bleach your dentures it can change the colors of the gum and acrylic and bleach do not mix

SOAKING

Prolonged exposure of your denture to the air can discolor it and dry out the acrylic making it brittle. When your denture is removed at night, keep it in a covered container,

Place in a soaking solution. Never use bleach to clean or soak. It can weaken the structure of the denture and discolor the acrylic.

Dont scrub teeth to hard.

FIXODENT HINTS:

Fixodent extra hold powder

1) powder works best on the top and the paste works best on a full bottom

2) Equate, the Wal-mart equivalent and about $2
cheaper per tube and have had much better results.

3) Only put the Fixodent paste on the palate part until the sockets are closed. 4) The best way to use the powder is sprinkling it all over the palate and then adding a fairly thick line of it along the gum line. Make sure the denture is wet before applying, then shake off excess before you put it in your mouth.

5) Some people have been able to wear their dentures from about 7am - 8pm on one application of powder. Drinking hot liquids could weaken the hold but usually tightens back up and by using the powder it usually is easier to come out at night where the paste can take a lot of effort.

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THINGS YOU COULD EXPERIENCE 1) You should be prepared for DROOOLLLL And it tends to be a little bloody and a mucus stuff. Get an old pillowcase to use for the first couple of days. 2) Its a little hard to really open the mouth very far. You may have a problem with closing your lips around the spoon or fork.

3) To take the food off you will have to turn the spoon or fork upside down and use your tongue to get the food off. After 3 wks you should be able to use your lips to get the food off utensils with your lips.

4) You could experience pain in the nose. Dentist says it can come from pulling the two front teeth. It could be a slight burn and tingle

5) If you feel uncomfortable seeing yourself without teeth you could brush your teeth in your mouth and then when the lights are out, you pop your teeth into the cleaner beside your bed. And then pop them right in the next morning..

6) After the first month the shrinking slows down considerably and that's when your speaking and eating will return to something that is closer normal. The first weeks are the most difficult because of the major changes going on in your mouth.

BONE CHIPS: It is really painful for a short bit feels sort of like someone trying to poke a toothpick or needle from the inside out. But doesnt hurt to much if no pressure is applied to the spot. relieves that sort of pain. it doesnt stay too long it just works it way out of the gum similar to a splinter working its way out. Dentist say that it has a lot to do with the way they pull the teeth. If they just grip and yank in one motion tends to break it off sometimes. Some dentist work the teeth back and forth till they loosened some and then pull

HELPFUL HINTS

Just remember that it helps your dentist to see a sore the denture causes in order to adjust the denture. Make sure you wear the dentures for a few hours before going for an adjustment. On average, if there are no complications, it seems to take about 3 to 4 weeks to reach the point where the dentures fit well and you can eat comfortably and confidently. Sometimes it's sooner, sometimes it's later. Even simple things like bone or tooth fragments can affect a persons progress.

Zilactin and Benzodent puts a light coating over the sores so that the denture doesnt rub them. Brush, apply med, hold lip back to allow med to dry over the sore, once its dry it has a white appearance over the sore. Then just let the mouth sit for a few
minutes 5 or 10 before you pop the denture back in. It allows the mouth to produce the needed salvia to form the suction needed and doesnt cause so much pain putting the denture back in.

When you go to dentist for work with your dentures you may want to take them out yourself

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW MY DENTURES NO LONGER FIT?

With age, the jaw bones slowly change. Therefore, dentures that once fit no longer do. You may need to have your dentures re-adjusted or you may need to have a new denture made.

If you encounter any of these problems , see your dental professional.

Problems chewing food with dentures

Chronic cheek biting

Difficulty in speech

Red and inflamed tissues

Discomfort with wearing the denture ,cracked corners of the mouth

ALL ABOUT DENTURE RELINES

There are basically two (2) different types of denture relines

A Hard permanent reline which can either be done at the office or it can be sent to the dental laboratory and processed in a laboratory cured plastic. Due to the special processing, the laboratory reline tends to last longer. Unfortunately this will require taking your denture from you for a few days. Please try to coordinate this with the Appointment Coordinator so that you may be inconvenienced for as few days as possible.

A Soft reline can be done at the office or else it can be done at the laboratory in a more permanent fashion. The permanent type, lab processed, may last up to one year without having to be replaced. The office processed soft liner tends to be more fragile and will need to be removed and replaced with greater frequency.

Soft reline is basically a plastic like goop with the consistency of a thick glue which is put on the inside of the denture and then pressed into your mouth. Doesnt taste bad or hurt just gooey. It's liquid enough to fill all the spaces between your gums and the denture and stiff enough so the dentist can set the bite without the denture shifting. The "goop" cures and hardens quickly. You should be able to eat again within a couple of hours. The only down side to a soft reline s the terrible taste that sticks around for about 24 hours. But it's worth it. You'll be amazed how well the denture fits once it's done

Denture relines are necessary in order to accomplish several goals. These goals include:

1) Increasing retention of old, existing dentures or new dentures that, for one reason or another, have lost retention. Sometimes this may be due to recent extractions or alteration in the gum tissue due to other surgical procedures

2) Repairs

3) Relining of old dentures hoping to avoid the necessity of remaking them entirely.

4)Gum tissue conditioning which usually relies on the gentle action of soft tissue materials ( soft liners ) to allow your abused gum tissue to return to a proper state of health prior to the fabrication of new dentures

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QUESTIONS FOR DENTIST for first visit

Should I take a pain reliever before I get here for extractions?

can I bring cd player

What laboratory actually makes the dentures? Are they a nationally certified laboratory?

How may years are the denture teeth warranted?

How much is a soft reline and a hard reline?

Will your name or identification be included in the acrylic as is required by many state laws?

Will you work with me if the immediate dentures do not fit my mouth correctly? I had a friend that the dentist told her nothing was wrong w/ her teeth and they were not setting correctly in her mouth she was not satisfied and said they would not be perfect they are dentures when she saw the head dentist of the office he could not believe how bad the teeth were in her mouth and then he personally corrected the problems and then she was completely satisfied.

what determines the size of the teeth for the immediate.. I dont wont them to big but I also dont want to show a lot of gum either..

During extractions if I feel the need for a little break is this possible.

If I get my bottoms extracted in Jan would I wait till a year is up from that date to get the permanent top and bottom together?

Will you take the dentures out for me the first time and if you do how long will that be after the extractions?

When we choose the shade of color for the dentures should we compare the whites of your eyes, and skin tone

Do you have any bleach shades

Will I need to take antibiotics?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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