Frequently asked questions
Will I be able to eat while wearing standard dentures?
Yes, absolutely. It is possible to eat with dentures. It is important to note, however, that it can take some time to get used to the feeling of dentures and eating may take some practice. We recommend that when you first have your dentures fitted, you begin to eat small pieces of soft foods as you adjust to your new teeth. It is helpful to chew slowly and to try and use both sides of your mouth when eating. As your dentures start to feel more comfortable, you can begin to incorporate more foods into your diet. Eventually you should be able to enjoy a normal diet, but just try and avoid foods that are very hot, sticky or hard as these can cause damage to your dentures.
Will standard dentures affect the way I speak?
It is quite normal to experience some difficulty pronouncing certain sounds when you first have standard dentures fitted. You can work on this issue by practicing these sounds. Most people find that any speech difficulties resolve with time and practice. In some cases, people notice a clicking sound when speaking. This may occur when dentures shift out of place, so we recommend that you get in touch with us if you notice any unusual sounds or strange sensations in your mouth.
Do I need to wear my standard dentures all the time?
When you have your standard dentures fitted, your dentist will let you know how long you should wear them each day and when you should take them out. In some cases, it is necessary to wear standard dentures all the time for the first few days to determine if there are parts of the denture that require adjustments. Once your dentist is satisfied that your denture has been properly adjusted and fitted, you will be able to remove it at night when you go to bed. By removing your denture before sleep, the gum tissue is given the chance to rest and normal stimulation and cleaning by the saliva and tongue can take place overnight.
Is it necessary to use a denture adhesive?
Although it is not always essential to use a denture adhesive, one may be recommended in a number of cases. Denture adhesives help to improve stability, as well as bite force and retention, so using one may help to make you feel more comfortable. If you have a condition that causes a dry mouth, your dentist may recommend that you use a denture adhesive. If you are not sure whether or not you should be using a denture adhesive, we recommend that you come in and see us. Your dentist will assess your oral hygiene and the fit of your denture before letting you know what is best for you. If you are suited to the use of a denture adhesive, your dentist will recommend a product for your needs and explain to you how it should be used.
How should I apply a denture adhesive?
If your dentist has recommended that you use a denture adhesive, it is important that you use the appropriate amount. In most cases, only a small amount of adhesive is actually required. When applying the adhesive, spread it evenly on the tissue bearing surface of the denture and then reapply whenever necessary. Be sure to apply the adhesive only when your denture is clean and well-fitting. Denture adhesives are typically available in both paste and powder form. If you are not sure about which type suits you best, we recommend that you consult with your dentist who will be able to advise you on the best product for your needs.