What are my dentures made of?

The most common denture base material is a special formed acrylic plastic. Into this are set the artificial teeth of the selected size, shape and colour to conform with your personal characteristics.

How long do my dentures last?

Because changes occur in both the bone structure and the soft tissues of your mouth, your dentures (false teeth) are not permanent. Dentures need alterations, relining and eventually, replacing. New dentures are usually relined after two to three years. We recall our patients every two years to check out their “Denture Health.”

How should I clean my dentures?

Ordinary toothpaste is abrasive and can wear away dentures. Brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush. Do not use bleach on dentures as it will weaken the teeth. An excellent way to clean your dentures safely and effectively is with a soak with an effervescent tablet. Then use Sunlight dish washing detergent.

What is TMD? (Temporomandibular Disorder)

If you experience tender or sore jaw muscles, difficulty in opening or closing your mouth, frequent headaches or a clicking or grinding noise when chewing or yawning, you may have TMD.

It is more common in denture wearers than you think.

What can be done?

  • Correcting the bite.
  • Better extensions and fit of the denture borders.
  • Bite splint.

What can the patient do?

  • Relax.
  • Avoid straining, clenching and grinding your jaw.
  • Remember: lips together, lips apart.
  • Eat softer food.
  • Apply warm compress.
  • Call us!

What do I do after extractions?

  1. Bleeding Control: Apply pressure to the extraction site by biting on the gauze that was provided (for about one hour). Changing the gauze is not necessary, however if you do so, then dampen the gauze with water before placing it over the extraction sites. Don’t go home and lie down as the blood rushes to your head and it will take longer for the bleeding to stop. Remain upright for an hour while biting on the gauze.
  2. Smoking: Smoking delays healing and increases the chance of dry sockets (loss of the blood clot).
  3. Alcohol: Don’t drink alcohol for the next week as it expands the blood vessels and delays clotting.
  4. Preserving the blood clot: Do not disturb the socket for the next four days. Don’t drink through straws (you could dislodge the blood clot) and do not stick toothpicks or other objects into the socket.
  5. Rinsing: one teaspoon of salt in an eight ounce glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth gently six to eight times per day.
  6. Pain Control: Use the pain medication recommended by the Dentist. An ice pack applied to your face (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) will help decrease the swelling.

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