Proper denture care is important not only for keeping your appliance looking great and functioning normally, but also for your all around oral health. The following are some tips to help you keep your dentures in top shape. Have a question or concern that is not addressed here? Contact Fit Right Denture Clinic to learn more.
The lifespan of dentures is typically about 5 years. The continued use of a denture that is 10 years old or older can cause irreversible changes to your physical appearance and facial structure. Any delay in securing denture replacement after so long will almost certainly affect your appearance and comfort.
If you notice that your denture no longer fits properly on your gums, are loose or no longer allow for effective chewing, are stained and yellowed, or fit uncomfortably, it may be time to consider replacement. These conditions are indications only; your denturist can tell you for sure if your denture needs to be replaced.
Even if your dentures are comfortable and fit correctly, oral tissues should still be inspected at least once a year in order to provide early detection and treatment of oral inflammation, bone loss and tissue shrinkage.
A denturist is a dental professional who manufactures and places full and partial dentures and dentures-over-implants. Denturists are involved in your treatment from start to finish, specializing in fitting, designing, constructing and repairing custom dentures.
While regular dentures rests on the gums and have no other support, dentures-over-implants, or “implant-supported dentures” are supported by and attached to titanium implants, which are permanently placed into your upper and/or lower jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your denture. Dentures-over-implants provide an effective solution for patients who no longer have teeth but retain enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
Just like natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned daily, using a soft toothbrush, a nail brush, or a denture brush. Denture brushes are slightly larger than regular toothbrushes and have two different brush heads. Toothpaste should be avoided because many brands contain abrasive particles, which may scratch or damage denture materials. Instead, use liquid dish detergent or a commercially available denture cleaner. Our office recommends Renew brand Denture Cleaner.
Dentures are made from plastic, which does not react to “whitening” agents in the same way as tooth enamel does. The best way to avoid staining of your denture is to properly clean it every day, removing food deposits and plaque. Do not use toothpaste, as it is designed to be used on natural teeth, and often contains abrasive materials and chemicals that help whiten and strengthen teeth.
Dentures can feel strange at first to a patient who has never before worn them. They may feel too large, or you might notice an increase in saliva flow. Many patients report these problems, but they are a normal part of the denture process. However, once your facial muscles and mouth tissues have had time to adapt they should fit comfortably. This adjustment may take time, with some patients feeling comfortable within a week or so, but other patients requiring more time to adapt.