Should a Denture Be Worn at Night?

Should a Denture Be Worn at Night?

Dentures are a wonderful option when faced with finding a resolution for tooth loss. Whether you have lost one, several teeth or an entire arch, your dentist can fit you with a denture that will provide aesthetic beauty and restore functionality that greatly surpasses dealing with tooth loss.

There are different types of dentures. A fixed denture is permanently placed by crowning adjacent abutment teeth with the lost tooth being replaced with a pontic or artificial tooth. This type of denture is not removable.

An implant supported denture is also fixed, and the denture is permanently attached to dental implants. 

Whether you have lost one, several teeth or an entire arch, your dentist can fit you with a denture that will provide aesthetic beauty and restore functionality that greatly surpasses dealing with tooth loss.

Dentures that are removable must be treated differently than fixed dentures. Initially the patient may be advised that wearing the denture day and night will help to acclimate better than removing the denture at night.

Although encouraged to try to get used to your new denture, if there is rubbing or discomfort, a slight adjustment by your dentist can make a huge difference to how your denture fits and feels. Never try to adjust your own denture. Bending a clasp may seem like a small change to you, but this can make a huge difference in how your denture fits.

At the conclusion of the adjustment period, the denture will be removed at night. The patient will be advised to store their denture in a fashion that will keep it moisturized for utmost comfort and longevity. There are products available for nighttime storage.

Caring for a removable denture is best performed using a special denture brush and a product designed to clean the denture without concerns of abrasion. A standard tooth brush or tooth paste may damage the denture.

Biological teeth should be brushed daily without the denture in place. Brushing and flossing should continue for all permanent teeth as this will keep the gum tissue stimulated and surrounding teeth healthy.

Adjusting to wearing a denture may take a few days; a little time and patience will be rewarded with years of smiles and function.

To find out more about dentures, contact the office of Dr. Melisa Christian and schedule your professional consultation today.