Denture Fixative

What are dentures?

Dentures are an artificial replacement for one or more missing teeth. Designed to look just like natural teeth, dentures are typically made of resin, bonded to a plastic plate. While full dentures are designed to grip the gums and palate during wear, partial dentures are secured by metal clasps to neighbouring teeth. There are a variety of dentures currently available, each type may be stabilized with a denture fixative or dental implants.

Will anyone notice that I am wearing dentures?

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dvancements in dental technology and techniques means that dentures appear more natural looking, in order for them to successfully blend with any remaining teeth. By taking a dental impression and images for precise individual dimensions, dentures are custom-made to fit a number of oral structures. Tooth shade may be selected to match existing teeth in the case of partial dentures, or a natural tooth-colour may be chosen for full dentures.

How long will it take me to get used to them?

As with any new dental appliance, wearing dentures takes some time to adjust to the mouth. The mouth and tongue soon get used to the replacement teeth, sometimes producing additional saliva. Soon eating and speaking continues as normal and confidence with the dentures will begin to build. After temporary adjustment, dentures feel just as natural teeth, which means eating and smiling is much more enjoyable.

Will dentures change how I speak?

While adjusting to dentures, the mouth re-trains itself to pronounce particular words, which the individual may have previously struggled with. By reading aloud and practising, pronunciation soon improves. Both temporary and permanent denture fixatives will secure the appliance for a further boost in confidence and peace of mind.

Do I play a role in how successful my dentures are?

Adjusting to the dentures and learning how to eat and speak with them, is part of the teeth restoration process. Oral structures very from person to person, as does denture stability and retention. A natural suction function helps to stabilise the dentures and saliva production impacts the power of suction stability in the upper and lower dentures.

Denture fixatives are intended to help secure the dentures during wear for ultimate peace of mind when eating and speaking.

What about eating out?

Many quickly adjust to denture wear and may eat out and enjoy meals with others as normal. When dentures are newly fitted, eating softer foods and taking smaller bites help with the adjustment process. Over time, it becomes much easier to chew with dentures.

Wearers often benefit from spreading even pressure (when consuming food) on either side of the mouth while chewing. Following this routine helps to stabilise the dentures much quicker. Hard foods, such as nuts and toffees, may loosen the dentures and should be avoided.

Using a denture fixative secures the dentures so that they are less likely to move out of position while eating. Denture fixatives can be unflavoured or flavoured, depending on the individual's preferences.

So what are denture fixatives?

Although dentures are custom-made to securely fit the contours of a person's mouth, suction ability and bone density may alter how the denture works. This in turn will cause dentures to shift in the mouth and may cause ulcers/sores to develop.

Denture fixatives are dental adhesives that are applied to the dentures, securing them in place for better retention. Many choose to use a denture fixative so that they experience improved fit and greater confidence when wearing dentures.

How do they work as an adhesive?

Saliva in the mouth enables the denture fixative to adhere to the gum and palate surface, creating better suction so that dentures do not slip during wear. If dentures are correctly secured then many individuals experience an increase in confidence when eating and speaking.

Foods such as fruits, nuts and cakes may be enjoyed without worry that dentures may slip while eating. Dentures that fit better also reduce anxiety during social interactions.

How do fixatives work as a barrier?

Denture fixatives increases natural suction ability and 'fix' the dentures to the upper and lower arch of the mouth. Using a fixative enables denture stability and stops food from being trapped between the gums and dentures. This means that many are now able to wear dentures with confidence and enjoy a wider variety of foods.

How do fixatives act to increase your bite force?

By securing the dentures in place, denture fixatives increase denture retention. Wearers may therefore bite down on foods and chew with confidence, knowing that their dentures will remain in place while eating.

How does a fixative help prevent gum irritation?

When dentures continuously slip or shift in the mouth, the gums may become irritated from the persistent friction. Denture fixatives stabilise dentures by increasing suction and adhesion.

Dentures are therefore prevented from shifting and rubbing against the gums which may otherwise cause irritation. Secured dentures feel more comfortable to wear and give greater peace of mind.

How do I use a denture fixative?

A dentist or dental hygienist may provide guidance on use of denture fixative to secure dentures.

  • The process involves cleaning the mouth and dentures first, then drying the mouth and dentures.
  • Denture fixatives are usually applied to the device using short half inch strips.
  • Using a small amount of fixative to begin with is better to determine the quantity needed for a more appropriate fit.
  • An oozing fixative may affect denture appearance and function.
  • Once the denture fixative is applied, rinse the mouth and insert the dentures.
  • This will ensure that the suction function of the dentures works faster.
  • By pressing the dentures in place for a few moments, suction will improve.
  • Wait around ten minutes before consuming fluids and foods.
  • After wear, the dentures are easily removable.
  • Excess fixative may be cleansed off by gently brushing the device with warm water.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures need cleaning just as natural teeth do. The dentist or dental hygienist will provide advice on how to clean and maintain dentures. Dentures should be soaked in a specialist solution or lukewarm water over night to get rid of bacteria.

Remember to make use of dental cleaning products for correct maintenance of the dentures. Other oral hygiene steps to follow include:

  • Daily cleansing of the gums and tongue to remove all food debris and plaque.
  • Cleaning the mouth after meals, before sleep and on awakening.
  • Making sure the mouth has been properly rinsed before inserting clean dentures.

What is the correct way for dentures to be cleaned?

Dentures may be cleaned at home according to a dentist-recommended technique or professionally in a dental practice. When cleaning the dentures at home, it is important to do the following:

  • Remove the dentures from the mouth and soak the dentures in warm water.
  • Clean the mouth first, including the gums, palate and tongue.
  • Fill a basin with lukewarm water to prevent damage to dentures (just in case you slip while holding them).
  • Use a brush and denture cleaning solution to gently remove all debris from the dentures.
  • Partial dentures may be cleaned in a similar way but existing teeth should be cleaned daily by brushing and flossing after meals, before sleep and on awakening.

What is soaking?

Dentures may be soaked overnight in a denture solution, which is the most effective way to clean and rid them of bacteria. Additionally, gentle brushing ensures all plaque and food debris is properly removed from the dentures. A dental professional will provide advice on how to clean and soak a particular type of denture.

Cleaning Methods to Avoid:

  • Dentures with metal bases should not be soaked for long periods as this may cause deterioration of the material.
  • Boiling and bleaching dentures should be avoided as this may damage the dentures.

Various specialist denture products are available for soaking and brushing the device, which are designed to remove any harmful bacteria.

Do I still need to visit my dentist?

Dentures require care just like natural teeth and regular dental check-ups are part of oral health maintenance. Damaged dentures should always be assessed and professionally repaired by a dentist to avoid any oral trauma that may result from wearing poorly fitted dentures.

Over time, contours within the mouth change and so dentures may not fit as well as they used to. Dentists may monitor this and recommend denture adjustment, replacement and care as needed. For optimum oral health, dental check-ups should be attended every six months with visits to the dental hygienist every three to six months.

 

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