What can I expect when I get my dentures?

It can take a while for your mouth to get used to your new dentures.

You may notice the following:

  • Dentures may feel bulky in your mouth.
  • You may have more saliva.
  • Dentures may move when you eat or speak.
  • Chewing and biting will feel different.
  • Food may taste different.
  • Speaking may be different.
  • Some discomfort may occur and this is normal.

If you have ongoing problems tell your dental practitioner at your review appointment. 

How do I make my dentures last longer?

  • Do not soak in hot water or leave in a hot car.
  • Never use chemicals such as bleach on your dentures.
  • Do not attempt to adjust, modify or repair your own dentures or use glue to fix them – see your dental practitioner.
  • Take your dentures out when you sleep or if you play contact sports.
  • Treat your dentures with great care. If you drop them they can break!

How do I care for my mouth?

  • After meals, rinse your mouth and denture with water to help avoid food build up.\
  • If using denture glue / adhesive, make sure you remove any leftover residue from your mouth.
  • If you have a partial denture, make sure any natural teeth left are brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

When do I need to see a dental practitioner? 

  •  If you need an adjustment to your dentures. It may take a few visits for your dentures to fit correctly.
  •  If you break your dentures.
  • If you have extreme soreness, leave your dentures out, BUT you must wear them the morning of your review appointment.
  • If you have painful, red cracks at the corner of your lips that won't go away.
  • If you have soreness or burning, with red/raw areas or white patches (you may have oral thrush).
  •  If you have red patches or sore areas under where your denture sits.
  • If you have any sores in your mouth that don't heal within 2 weeks.

Denture Care

  • Clean your dentures in the morning and at night.
  • Do this over a sink of water or towel to reduce the risk of breaking if dropped.
  • Use mild liquid soap on a soft toothbrush.
  • Don’t use toothpaste to clean dentures
  • Brush all parts of your denture well. Rinse with cold water.
  • Clean your gums and tongue using a soft toothbrush and water, in the morning and night.
  • Take dentures out before you go to sleep at night. Keep your cleaned dentures in a dry container overnight.

What to eat?

  • You may find that it’s best to eat soft foods like eggs, yoghurt, fish and cooked vegetables at first and then slowly return to your normal healthy diet. 
  • There are a few foods that you should avoid when you first get your dentures. These include corn on the cob and nuts.
  • Here are a few tips that might help:
  • Be careful when eating hot foods, as dentures can make it hard to tell how hot foods and drinks really are.
  • Cut your food into small pieces.
  • Chew on both sides of your dentures.
  • Be careful of small seeds. These can get stuck under your denture and cause discomfort.

Contact details for public dental services in NSW

Local health district Phone number
Sydney and South Western Sydney
(02) 9293 3333
South Eastern Sydney
1300 134 226
Illawarra Shoalhaven 
1300 369 651
Northern NSW, Mid North Coast and Hunter New England
1300 651 625
Central Coast
1300 789 404
Northern Sydney
1300 732 503
Murrumbidgee and Southern NSW
1800 450 046
Western Sydney
(02) 8890 6766
Nepean Blue Mountains
(02) 4734 2387 or 1300 769 221
Far West and Western NSW
1300 552 626 or (02) 6809 8621

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Current as at: Wednesday 21 September 2022