General Information

denturesAesthetic and true to life dentures must take into consideration the proper arrangement of teeth, the contours of the natural tissue, and the patient's characteristics. This is achieved through masculine or feminine tooth mould and arrangement, correct lip support, festooning, and determination of a pleasing smile line. In addition, we use cross-linked, 5 layer denture teeth for excellent shading and a natural look with superior wear resistance.

Some factors to consider when wearing a new denture:

Full feeling: When new dentures are first placed in the mouth they frequently feel fuller, and it may not seem like there is enough room for the tongue. When a person has been without teeth for a period of time, the inside of the cheeks and tongue can become reversibly slightly fuller. When a new denture is first inserted, this slight fullness may feel enormous. In actual fact it is not, and the full feeling will usually go away very shortly if an individual does not dwell on the sensation. Previously unsupported sunken facial structures and muscles will usually be supported with a new denture to a normal position. These facial tissues adapt rapidly to their regained normal positioning and will feel less strained and subtler shortly. A more youthful appearance results in many cases.

Phonetic difficulty: When a person is used to producing speech sounds without teeth or with an old denture that has no longer preserved proper jaw relationships, they generally have adapted their speech in such a way as to accommodate these abnormal conditions. However, when correct jaw relationships and contours are established again with a new denture, there may be some difficulty producing certain speech sounds clearly, and teeth might even click together in some instances. This is temporary.
If an individual makes an effort to speak slowly and clearly, pronouncing words very precisely, the tongue and other muscles will quickly adapt to produce clear speech. It is often useful to read a book or newspaper out loud, carefully pronouncing each word precisely.

Sore spots and irritations may develop as a new denture settles-in. This may require some adjustment to the body of the denture, and, more often, careful adjustment of the bite resolves these types of problems.

At times the jaws may feel tired and soreness can develop. 
Taking dentures out to rest the mouth for a time frequently helps resolve these problems.

Regarding retention: Tongue thrust is also known as a reverse swallow. If the maxillary denture pops out when the patient initiates a swallow, then it is likely that a tongue thrust is to blame, and not a lack of retention. An overdenture may be required for a patient that exhibits a tongue thrust, as many denture patients are elderly and are too old to have their swallow technique retrained. A specially trained speech language pathologist can confirm the existence of a tongue thrust, in the event the dentist cannot.

*A majority of the information on this page has been provided by Dentsply.