Most people who have a Novus® Prosthesis can handle it just fine. Here you will find useful tips for the proper use of dentures.
Food and saliva residues usually adhere to the teeth after a short time, which can cause the Novus® Denture to become stiff. As a result, new material adheres even more easily to the Novus® Prosthesis. Bacteria and fungi can grow on this breeding ground, causing inflammation. Therefore, make it a habit to thoroughly clean your Novus® Prosthesis every day, after every meal, both inside and out. Bacteria and fungi don't stand a chance.
Brush and soap
The best and cheapest way to clean your Novus® Prosthesis is by hand. Use a brush, water and normal, preferably liquid, hand soap. With a hard nail or with a special denture brush you can get into all nooks and crannies. After rinsing with cold water, the soapy taste is completely gone. As a precaution, put something in the sink or fill it with water, so that the Novus® Prosthesis is not damaged if it slips out of your hand.
The use of highly abrasive cleaning agents or toothpastes is not recommended. This actually makes the denture surface rougher, resulting in more deposits. Many people use cleaning tablets. These dissolve in water, after which the Novus® Prosthesis must lie in this solution for several hours. We do not recommend such cleaning fluids. This is because they do not clean enough and they sometimes contain substances that can affect the denture material.
Tartar, certain dietary habits or medicines sometimes cause an attack on the Novus® Prosthesis that you cannot brush away. In such cases, ask your practitioner during the check-up whether the Novus® Prosthesis can be professionally cleaned and polished.
Especially if you are toothless, it is wise to keep cleaning or brushing your mouth well. Brush the 'gums' of your lower and upper jaw with a soft toothbrush and possibly some toothpaste. In this way you not only clean your mouth, but you also improve the blood circulation of the 'gums'.
Pay special attention to cleaning your tongue. The attack that is there, often causes stale breath. Try cleaning the back of your tongue with the brush or spatula.
Do you have a sensitive mouth? Then try to find out the cause together with the dentist. Rinse drinks to make the mouth less sensitive mainly reduce the symptoms, but usually do not remove the cause.
At night: in or out?
Before going to sleep
We advise you to take off your Novus® Prosthesis before going to sleep. During sleep there is a good chance that you will unconsciously clamp or grind your teeth. Without you noticing, this can damage the 'gums' under the Novus® Prosthesis. This can eventually lead to inflammation and accelerated bone breakdown. By leaving your dentures out for some time, you also give the 'gums' the chance to relax, so that it has better blood flow. Do you have a hard time removing your dentures at night for social or other reasons? Then consider wearing only the upper denture.
After cleaning, store the Novus® Prosthesis in a closed container with a few drops of fresh water. This way your dentures do not dry out. Do not put the denture completely in water, as this promotes calcium deposits. Adding a little table vinegar to the storage solution prevents limescale (tartar) build-up. If there is already limescale on your Novus® Prosthesis, the table vinegar will make it easier for you to remove it.
Chew and bite
Many people have a preferred side when chewing. Teach yourself to chew very consciously on both sides at the same time. This is a laborious process that certainly takes several weeks of practice. If you use your Novus® Prosthesis on one side, you do not evenly load the underlying oral tissues. This has negative consequences for the grip of the prosthesis and the chewing pattern. Your chewing power also decreases significantly over time. By chewing double-sided, you train your chewing muscles much more and your chewing power remains at a good level for longer.
Get used to not biting anything with your front teeth. The front teeth purposely make little or no contact. Excessive forces cause an overload of the underlying bone, which can shrink very quickly, especially in this area. As a result, the Novus® Prosthesis loses a lot of its grip.
The number of molars in your Novus® Prosthesis is smaller than in 'normal' teeth. You are now missing the wisdom tooth and the second large molar. Also, the second small molar is often moved backwards. These changes are for technical reasons. The lower denture tends to shift or tilt more quickly if there are too many molars.
In any case, have the Novus® Prosthesis and your mouth checked every two years. You will usually discover wear and tear on the Novus® Prosthesis yourself. However, you often do not notice changes in the mouth, because they occur gradually. It can cause irritation and inflammation, resulting in accelerated bone breakdown. We must try to prevent that.
Sometimes your practitioner finds it necessary to adjust your Novus® Prosthesis by filling the prosthesis. If the bone has shrunk so much that the molars no longer fit together properly, they can be 'transferred'.
Your practitioner can also advise you to get a brand new Novus® Prosthesis. This is necessary if the Novus® Prosthesis no longer fits properly, breaks or if the molars no longer fit together properly. Because the shrinking process is gradual, you are not immediately aware of this. It is possible that your environment has pointed out to you that your face seems a bit 'sunken'. The decision to replace a Novus® Prosthesis is made in consultation with your practitioner.
Is a tooth coming loose, or does your Novus® Prosthesis break? Then have it repaired by your practitioner. If this happens regularly, there is usually an incorrect load. Please contact your practitioner about this.
Sometimes it is wise to consult your practitioner between check-ups, such as with:
Irritation or pain.
Loose-fitting Novus® Prosthesis(s).
Inflamed corners of the mouth.
Chewing or speech problems.
Tired or painful feeling in the jaws or on the side of the head.
Pain near the ear or at the temporomandibular joint.
Feeling of nausea or gag when wearing the Novus® Prosthesis.
You can also contact your practitioner for other complaints.