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Taking Care of Dentures


There are lot of denture cleaners on the market, ranging from pastes and creams to solutions and tablets. The consensus is that provided you are following a cleaning regime that works for you and cleanses the dentures appropriately it doesn’t matter which products you rely on. However, here is some advice frequently given to denture wearers on how to successfully care for their dentures.

  • Take your denture out at night and leave it in a glass of water after following your preferred cleaning regime. If the dentures are left in the mouth overnight, bacteria and fungus may become trapped under the denture and the saliva won’t have an opportunity to clean the mouth. Leaving the dentures in water prevents any warping of the material.
  • When you take your denture out at night, brush your teeth as normal and then brush the denture with a soft toothbrush or denture brush. Use either soap and warm water or a special denture toothpaste. Never use regular toothpaste on your denture as it contains abrasives that may damage the material.
  • Place a hand towel either in the sink or on the surface you use to clean your denture as they can easily break if dropped.
  • Steradent make a range of effervescent denture cleaning solutions. Dentists generally recommend using these solutions according to the instructions a couple of times a week to help remove stains and dirt.
  • Fixatives can be used to help keep a denture in place but should be removed thoroughly from the denture and mouth at night. Brushing the denture and gums with a soft toothbrush and warm water should be adequate.
  • If your dentist suspects you have a fungal overgrowth on your denture, usually caused by the fungus Candida albicans, they might recommend leaving your denture in a sodium hypochlorite solution (like Milton or Dentural) for 20 minutes.
  • If your denture has a special soft lining or a metal base then use a cleaning regime recommended by your dentist as some products, particularly effervescent solutions, may cause damage.
  • If your denture is still dirty after following the recommended cleaning regimes, your dentist will be able to clean it for you with specialist tools. Mention this to your dentist next time you go.
  • If your denture causes you any pain, make an emergency appointment at the dentist to have it adjusted. Most adjustments can be made chairside by the dentist, but in some cases the denture may need to be returned to the laboratory for a short period of time.
  • Never try and adjust your denture yourself. If you have any problems with the denture make an emergency appointment at your dentist.
  • It is still important to visit a dentist, even if you have no teeth, as oral diseases such as bacterial and fungal infections can still affect the soft tissues of the mouth. It is also important to visit a dentist so they can complete the recommended cancer screening that every patient receives during their check up.

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What is it like to wear a denture?

Lady with DenturesAs with all things, getting used to a denture can require a short period of adjustment. If you’ve ever worn braces or a retainer you might be familiar with the sensation of having something foreign in the mouth and the length of time that the body takes to adjust to it. Success with dentures generally requires some perseverance, faith in your dentist and an understanding of which sensations are to be expected:

Living with a denture

Initially you might feel like there is a lot in your mouth and that the dentures are too bulky. It doesn’t take long for the body to adapt to this new sensation with continued use.

Your denture may be slightly uncomfortable at first: the soft tissues in the mouth aren’t used to being in constant contact with materials. With good denture hygiene, the mouth should accept the new dentures within a couple of weeks and soreness will decrease. However, if any discomfort persists or soreness is not manageable, visit your dentist for an emergency appointment to have the dentures adjusted.

Over-the-counter medicaments to ease oral soreness may be useful in the management of denture-related discomfort. However, some of these gels and creams can cause burns if used underneath a denture and should be massaged into the tissues at least half an hour before denture insertion.

In the first few weeks of denture wearing, you might also feel that your tongue has less room, you are producing more saliva than usual and your gag reflex is heightened. These sensations are normal and will diminish with time.

Speaking with a denture

Before leaving with your new denture, your dentist will assess how you speak with it in. Talking with a new denture in place requires practice and reading aloud for the first week can help. You might feel that your dentures are ‘clicking’ or that your voice is altered. With continued use you’ll find that your speech returns to normal again as your cheeks, lips and tongue all adjust to accept the new denture.

Eating with a denture

In most cases, having a well-made denture will allow you to eat the same foods that you could previously. However, when starting out it is best to cut food into small pieces and attempt to eat on both sides of the mouth at the same time to help stabilise the denture. Eating softer foods initially will help you get used to the feeling of eating with a denture in and reduce the likelihood of discomfort; things like cooked vegetables, pasta and mashed potato are recommended.

To begin with, you might feel like your food has lost its flavour. This is usually only transient. Your brain, for a while, will perceive the denture as a foreign object and sensory signals will be received from both the food and the denture together, reducing the impact of flavour. Once the brain adjusts to the presence of the denture, your taste buds will return to normal.

If you continue to have trouble eating or speaking with your dentures, trying a denture fixative might be the answer. Apply the fixative like a cream to the fit surface of the denture in accordance with the instructions before inserting: this will help keep the dentures in place and allow you to eat and speak with more confidence.

Check out ourdenture page for more information regarding denture options and how to look after your denture.

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My Dentures are hurting

Denture pain and discomfort Birmingham

Many patients seeking emergency dentist treatment in Birmingham mention a common problem, their dentures are causing them pain.

Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth replacements that are usually made of acrylic that can replace multiple teeth or a full set of teeth. Usually they are held in a patients mouth temporarily and can be taken out whenever needed and can greatly improve ones smile. If you have lost some teeth, dentures can transform the way you look, eat and speak. They can be fitted straight away after a tooth has been knocked out, making them a common form of dental treatment for all ages, not just the elderly. We have fitted thousands of dentures in our Birmingham denture patients, but what can cause discomfort in a small number of patients?

Dentures will never feel like your natural teeth despite looking just like them, they aren’t attached to tooth roots and are made of a different material. When you have them fitted, your Birmingham Dentist will explain both the difficulties you’ll face wearing them as well as the advantages.

It may take up to 2 months before you’re completely used to wearing your dentures, this is perfectly normal. It’s worth leaving them out at night and possibly at some point in the day, just to give your gums a rest.

Ensuring your dentures fit correctly

When you initially see your dentist for denture treatment, they will take an impression of your mouth and send it to a dental technician who will make your dentures. When you next visit your dentist, they will check the fit of your dentures as they may have to be slightly modified. If the dentures don’t fit correctly, they can rub against the inside of your mouth, resulting in soreness and even ulcers.

Loose Dentures

Dentures can be stabilised by dental implants to help the dentures fit more comfortably. Dental Implants are small titanium inserts that are placed into your jaw bone and act as an artificial tooth root. Dental Implants can be restored with a dental crown to act, feel and function just like a natural tooth. With dentures, dental implants can be used to attach to the dentures and stabilise them in place by fixing them to your jaw bone, much more effective than any denture adhesive!

Replacing dentures with dental implants

Whilst dentures are an excellent treatment choice to replace your missing teeth, they will never obtain the same result of comfort dental implants are able to. Dental implants look and function just like normal teeth, whilst the treatment is more expensive the results are more impressive. From replacing single teeth to replacing a whole set of teeth, dental implants if looked after correctly, can last a lifetime and even delay one of the main signs of ageing (bone shrinkage).

If you’re interested in finding out more information on dentures, solving problems with your current dentures or even replacing them with dental implants, feel free to contact our highly experienced team on 0121 357 5000. With over 22 years of dental implant and denture experience, we’re confident we can help any dental problems you may have.

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Dental Implants for Elderly Patients in Birmingham

Dental Implants for Elderly Patients in Birmingham.

A common misconception among elderly dental implant patients in Birmingham is that dental implants are not a viable treatment option to senior citizens. However, in reality there is no age limit for implants so the elderly don’t have to be limited to traditional dentures. It is surprising how many patients over the age of 70 that have had dental implant treatment in Birmingham at Scott Arms Dental Practice. In order to determine whether a candidate is suitable for dental implant treatment, it is important to check the quality of bone available to place the implant.

Dental implants were actually developed for elderly patients that could not work with a removeable prothesis but due to their success and amazing smile transformations they are used regularly in younger patients. When a patient is examined by our birmingham implant dentists, it is their health that is assessed and not their age in determing whether they should have dental implant treatment.

Who can determine whether I should have implant treatment?

You will certainly find some health complications in elderly patients that may prevent dental implants being a treatment option and this is also the case in younger patients. The only person that can accurately determine whether you should have implant treatment or not is your dental implant dentist. The Scott Arms Dental Implant Centre in Birmingham boasts award winning implant dentists who are experienced in treating elderly patients with dental implants and offer a FREE dental implant consultation to all patients regardless of age. During your free implant consulation your dentist will be able to assess your health and determine if dental implants are a suitable option.

Dental Implants allow you to speak and eat with confidence

Elderly patients are usually incredibly delighted with their new dental implants if they have worn dentures previously. Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing your teeth unlike temporary dentures they require attention each day to keep in place. Dental Implants look feel and function just like normal teeth, allowing you to speak and eat with confidence. They improve chewing ability and nutrition by allowing patients to eat foods they could never eat previously when using removable dentures. Dentures can also come loose and can cause mouth sores, where as dental implants are fixed permanently and will last a lifetime if you look after them.

What do dental implant dentists look for?

Your implant dentist will usually be primarily concerned with the bone density of the individual, regardless of age. As you may know, dental implants are small titanium inserts that are fixed in place permanently inside your jaw bone. Bone density does decrease with age, by what extent varies from patient to patient. However, if there isn’t sufficient bone for dental implant placement, there are treatment options such as bone grafts which remove bone from other parts of your body and add it to your jaw. Only a dental implant dentist can accurately assess a patients bone and advise a treatment option.

The dental implant placement procedure is an invasive one and requires surgery to place the dental implants. Due to this its important that the implant dentist understands any issues the patient may have. Your implant dentist will look for conditions such as diabetes, immune system related diseases and any conditions that may affect the healing process where implants permanently bond with the jaw bone.

Interested in finding out more about dental implants for elderly patients?

If you’re interested in dental implant treatment in Birmingham or simply just want to find out more about dental implants for elderly patients, book a free dental implant consultation at the Scott Arms Dental Practice by calling 0121 357 5000 where our award winning implant dentists will be happy to help.

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