You may have been wearing dentures for years, or you may have just begun. Whatever the case may be, we're here to help your dentures work for you, leaving you feeling comfortable and confident in your smile.
Will my dentures change my appearance dramatically?
Wearing new dentures may make you feel a little self-conscious. At Cambridge Dental we use the latest technology to custom-make your dentures. They will fit perfectly and match the natural tone of your teeth. So rest assured that while close friends and family might notice a small change, they probably won't be able to tell the reason for it.
It's important to remember that physical changes you notice and feel, are often not as obvious to those around you.
How do dentures feel?
Dentures can feel a little strange at first. Talking, eating and smiling may require different muscle movements, and you may find that you produce more saliva than normal. With a little practice however, using your dentures will soon feel completely natural.
You can get more acquainted with your dentures by practicing muscle movements in front of a mirror. It also helps to pay attention to the sounds you make as you talk, so you can then adjust your speech accordingly.
It's important not to use your old dentures when you're trying to get used to new ones, as this makes the process of adjustment much slower and more difficult.
Will wearing dentures affect my ability to taste?
At first, food may not taste the same, as new dentures can temporarily affect your taste buds.
However, as most taste buds are located on the tongue, you'll that after a short while everything will once again taste as it should.
In the meantime it's often a good idea to take care with hot food and drinks, as your ability to sense heat may be affected.
Is it difficult to eat and drink when wearing dentures?
It may take a while to get used to eating and drinking with dentures, but with practice they shouldn't restrict your choice of food.
It can be helpful to cut food into smaller pieces than usual to start with. When chewing, take your time, and try to divide the food in your mouth into two. Chew half on one side, and half on the other, at the back of your mouth. This will create a balance and help you to avoid tipping the denture.
Using a small amount of denture fixative will increase your confidence and help you adapt more quickly.
What should I do if my dentures become painful?
If you feel any pain, tell us as soon as possible rather than waiting for your next planned visit. Wear your dentures to the visit so that we can see where the sore places are and so resolve them more easily.
Why is it important to clean my dentures?
You need to treat your dentures as you would your natural teeth. It's imperative to keep them as clean as possible to prevent any further tooth loss, inflamed gums, bacterial and fungal infections, and bad breath.
Can I use toothpaste to clean my dentures?
Though dentures must be brushed twice a day, you should not use toothpaste as this can damage the surface of the dentures. We recommend using either a denture brush, nail brush or medium texture toothbrush, and cleaning them with soap, or a mild detergent. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
Soaking your dentures
It's also very important to regularly soak your dentures, which will remove any bacteria and stubborn stains. Again, dentures are not the same as teeth, so don't use mouthwash; it's not designed for soaking dentures and has no effect. We recommend using a commercial cleaner; soaking for 10-20 minutes will kill 99% of bacteria.
Soaking options vary a little depending on the type of material your dentures are made from. For plastic dentures, you can use a very weak bleach or Milton, slightly warmed. For metal dentures, you can use vinegar.
You may also come across a 'Sonic Denture Cleaner'. These are units that produce a sonic wave to agitate the cleaning solution and make it work more effectively.
Can plaque build up on dentures?
Yes. If the plaque that you produce in your mouth isn't removed properly, it can react with your saliva and harden into tartar. Some people build up tartar on their dentures just as they would on their natural teeth.
As with your own teeth, you won't be able to remove this tartar completely yourself and eventually it can make the denture uncomfortable and unsightly. We can remove tartar for you.
Do I still need to go to the Dentist?
Even if you have no natural teeth it's still important to visit us regularly:
- Problems can occur within your gums and the lining of your mouth; we can make sure they're still healthy and deal with any issues.
- Over time, your dentures may become worn in places and this may affect your bite, as well as lead to bone loss. A visit to the dentist will allow us to adjust your dentures accordingly.
- We will check for any deterioration in your dentures. Deterioration can lead to an accumulation of bacteria, which will not only make your mouth sore and uncomfortable, but will also lead to infection.
- It's also important for us to review your dentures regularly, taking into account any changes to your muscle control and the appearance of your face, so that we can make any further adjustments.
- You should come for a checkup at least every two years, and expect to have your dentures modified or replaced about every five years.
Do you offer a Student Discount?
We certainly do. Students can have 10% off any treatment excluding routine examinations, hygiene consultations, x-rays and laboratory work.