How do I care for my dentures?

How do I care for my dentures?

Dentures are made in a variety of ways, and depending on the type you have, different protocols are needed to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Removable dentures, whether they are made up of one or multiple teeth, should always be cleaned with a brush designed for that purpose. A tooth brush and tooth paste intended for our biological teeth are too harsh for use with dentures.

When a denture is new, your dentist may advise you leave it in 24/7 as you acclimate to eating and speaking with your new appliance. However, after the completion of the adjustment period, a denture should be removed and placed in a denture soak during the night time hours. This will not only keep the denture moist, the soak will work to remove stains and eliminate dental odors. 

Dentures are made in a variety of ways, and depending on the type you have, different protocols are needed to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Your natural teeth should be brushed before placing the denture in. Always gently brush the gum tissue the denture fits against to keep the gum tissue stimulated.

Never boil or microwave your denture believing you are disinfecting it. The intense heat can warp it. If the denture begins to feel loose or ill fitting, contact your dentist for an adjustment. Never try to tweak it yourself as one small mistake can mean big trouble.

Over time, if a denture starts to feel uncomfortable, it may need to be relined. Teeth can shift and gum tissue can shrink resulting in the way the denture fits and feels. Relining can be completed in one day and can make a huge difference in the way your denture fits.

A fixed denture is one that is permanently affixed by placing crowns on abutment teeth with the “false” tooth in between. The fixed denture is not removable so caring for it is different from one that is removable.

You will brush and floss as instructed by your dentist. But since it is permanently cemented, there is never any fear of it moving while eating or speaking. And you never wake up “without your teeth”, which is important for many people concerned about their appearance.

Whichever type of denture you may select; this is an ideal approach to replace one or several teeth that have been lost due to trauma, decay, or infection. Our dental team can inform you of all the options available during a scheduled appointment.