A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodonticly treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
When receiving dentures, a popular question asked is:
How do I clean my dentures?
Removable partial or full dentures requires proper dental care to keep dentures free of stains. After eating remove and rinse the dentures by running water over the dentures to get rid of any loose particles such as food debris. Just in case, place a towel down so the dentures will not break if they are dropped.
Brush the dentures daily, if not twice a day. Brush the dentures gently by using a denture cleaner. Mild soap or dish washing liquid and a soft-bristled toothbrush would do the trick to remove plaque, food or other deposits found on the dentures. Remember to avoid hard bristled brushes, strong cleansers and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage the dentures.
Be careful not to bend or even damage the plastic or attachments when cleaning the dentures. Soaking the dentures overnight. Common dentures need to stay moist to keep the shape of the dentures. Simply place dentures in the water or even a mild denture soaking solution overnight. Remember not to soak the dentures with metal attachments in a solution that contain chlorine. This can stain the metal, if unsure just check with us about properly storing your dentures overnight.
Be sure to rinse the dentures before putting them back in the mouth, especially when using a denture soaking solution. The solutions could have harmful chemicals causing vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed.
By Scheduling regular dental appointments at least two times a year, will help in the long run. See us to have your dentures examined if you feel there are any problems. We can help to properly fit your needs. With no discomfort or slippage. Please see us right away if your dentures become loose at all. With Loose dentures, it can cause irritation, sores and even lead to infections.