Getting new dentures can be a daunting task for many. You're never quite sure if they'll fit right and be painful or if they'll be a lot of work to deal with.
Fortunately, there has been great advancement in denture technology, and it's now possible to create dentures that fit comfortably and look great with minimal maintenance. However, before you get a new pair of dentures, there are some steps to take and things to know about their care.
Caring for New Dentures and Your Gums
Though dentures will be replacing your teeth, your gums will still be left in your mouth, and they will need special care before receiving new dentures. The first, and most important step, when it comes to getting new dentures is to make sure your mouth is clean and free of any bacteria. We'll assist you with this, but at home you can gently brush your gums like you would teeth. We recommend a very soft toothbrush so your gums don't become irritated. This is an important step, because bacteria can still cause gum infection even with dentures. Think about it as starting with a clean slate.
Second, you will want to make sure you don't have any gum irritation. There are many different signs of gum irritation, so make sure to check for them. The first sign of gum irritation is pain. If your gums are in pain, it could indicate early gum disease and that will need to be addressed before receiving new dentures. Another sign of unhealthy gums is redness or bleeding. If your gums are red or bleed on a regular basis, this could also be a sign of gum disease. We will always be happy to help you figure out if your gums need treatment. Please call our office so that we can help you get your gums in tip-top shape before getting new dentures.