Dentures today are virtually unnoticeable and indistinguishable from real teeth. The materials that are used to manufacture dentures look and feel like real teeth. The equipment for sizing and fitting the denture to the wearer's mouth has also become more sophisticated and it is less likely to hear the telltale clicking of older dentures. Lower dentures still present a problem for most denture wearers because the ridge of the lower gum is narrow, but there are ways that you can keep those dentures in place.
Take care of your gums. Your gums are the housing for the dentures, and since the lower dentures have only a narrow ridge upon which to rest, it is important to keep that tissue healthy.
Rinse your dentures after meals and gently massage your lower gums for about a minute. In the morning and night, use a very soft brush on your gums and the upper surface of the palate to remove anything that may have lodged or adhered to the mouth's surface.
Avoid large weight gain or loss. If this occurs, the lower gum line also will experience swelling or shrinkage. If this has happened, see your dentist. You may need to have your dentures adjusted.
Use a dental adhesive. Experiment with adhesives and find one that is pleasant to the taste and holds the denture in place for at least 6 hours.
Wear the dentures as much as possible even when you sleep. The more you wear that lower denture, the faster your mouth will get used to the new appliance and the membranes around the gums will mould around the dentures.
Keep the dentures scrupulously clean. Use a good toothbrush, a dental toothpaste and dental mouthwash and care for the dentures as you would regular teeth. Wash them after meals so that nothing gets between the dentures and the gums to cause irritation.
- Keep a denture repair kit in a convenient place for emergencies.
- If you continue to feel pain, notify your dentist to see if the dentures need to be adjusted or relined.
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