For those considering dentures, or who have dentures, Dr. Mandel offers a complimentary exam/second opinion.

Even though you have dentures you deserve a beautiful, natural smile. 

Dr. Mandel personally customizes all dentures so they look very natural with a youthful look. Our dentures are metal-free, removable appliances created to replace missing teeth. At our La Mesa dental practice, we provide both complete and partial dentures for patients missing all or just some of their teeth. Dentures are important because they help keep the remaining teeth and mouth in proper form when any teeth are missing. If you are considering dentures as a solution to your missing teeth, please give our office a call. We will be happy to help you achieve a complete, functional smile.

Dentures generally refers to the replacement of an entire arch of teeth with a removable appliance with either plastic or porcelain teeth on it. If there are a few teeth left, then it is referred to as a partial denture. This will either have acrylic base holding it in place, or it could have metal clasps to secure it to the adjacent teeth. Generally, when a denture is placed for the first time, it takes a while to get used to it, since it is a foreign body in your mouth.

Denture wearers need to maintain good oral hygiene just as if they have their own teeth. Dentures require cleaning and the tissue they fit on should be periodically checked by their dentist to make sure they are fitting well. Poor fitting dentures can cause sore spots, ulcerations or other problems. After a denture has been in the mouth for a few years, the shape of the ridges might shrink over time. As a result, often dentures need to be refitted, relined, or remade. This is often done after 2-3 years.

What To Expect

New denture wearers can expect that the dentures will make their mouth feel “full”, the tongue feels crowded and they may find that they build up saliva quicker. In addition, because the roof of the mouth is covered with plastic now, they may not have the same taste sensations. In addition, they may not have the same strength to eat foods with as with their natural teeth. If a person had dentures made when they were young, often the ridge gets preserved and then dentures sometimes seem to hold in stronger. If you bite your cheek or the dentures “clack” when you talk, then you should have them checked quickly. It is advised to start your new eating habits by cutting your food into smaller portions and eat softer foods until you get used to them. If possible, split the food up into two halves and chew evenly on both sides to avoid “rocking” the denture while it is first fitting in. Keep the food in the back rather than in the front of the denture. Sucking on a mint or small candy can help prevent gagging that may also be common when first getting used to a new denture. It’s normal to have some small sore spots, simply call the office and have it looked at. Avoid sticky foods when wearing a denture. You can practice reading out loud to help you improve your ability to speak with them in your mouth.

Proper Care of Your Denture

Dentures should be brushed daily just like you would brush your natural teeth to avoid plaque build-up. Even though you won’t get a cavity on the denture, you can build up plaque that can cause odor, or build-up which can lead to ill-fitting dentures. The roof of the mouth has little ridges in it also which can trap plaque as well, and if dentures are not removed for cleaning, then the tissues can get irritated, red and raw. You should use a mouthrinse as well as gently brush both your tongue and roof of your mouth. It is better to wear your dentures at night, especially during the first few weeks to help your mouth adapt to them. Never try to adjust your denture yourself or the clasps on a partial as they are easily broken or can misfit quickly.

What Not To Use

A denture is made of acrylic and therefore needs to properly handled. It should not be dropped or left in the direct sunlight for long periods of time. The moisture helps to keep it somewhat pliable. Do NOT use bleach, toothpaste, vinegar or soap on a denture as these can scratch or discolor the denture. In addition, NEVER use a hard bristle brush or a wire brush on the teeth. the little scratches that can result in that will harbor bacteria and plaque. When you aren’t wearing your denture, you should keep it either in a tub of water or in the plastic container to avoid it getting dirty or dried out.

Adhesives

From time to time, especially with either new or immediate (after teeth extractions) dentures, there is a time for the tissue to adapt to the denture as well as for the patient to get used to wearing the denture. It is advised to only use adhesives only if necessary. They are very useful when needed to assist a denture fit properly. If a denture is an immediate denture and the tissue is still healing from where the teeth were, then it is likely that the denture will not fit well for a couple weeks. The first week, the tissue often swells from the extractions and then the second week, the tissue tends to shrink from the healing and not having a tooth in the area. As a result, it is impossible for a denture to fit BOTH conditions snuggly. For immediate dentures, it is usually advised that a reline is done after a few months to allow the tissue to finish healing. If you need to use an adhesive, many dentists suggest using a LIGHT amount of a powder first to see it that can help create the necessary SEAL that you need to help the denture hold in place. If a gel or cream is used, be sure to spread it thin on the denture as it could shift the fit of the denture otherwise.

Dr. Mandel can make your dentures look like natural teeth and fit perfectly in the mouth without coming out by the use of dental implants. Call us for a complimentary consultation.