Loosing even one tooth negatively impacts your teeth, gums and even the shape of your face. A full or partial set of dentures can replace missing teeth and provide the support necessary for preventing these changes.
Although dentures made of durable, long-lasting, acrylic resins look like real teeth and gums, they still require continuous denture maintenance that involves at-home care and professional care provided at our dental clinic.
Dentures will last many years with proper care. Thoroughly cleaning dentures involves brushing them with toothpaste or a good denture cleaner. It is also a good idea to rinse with fluoridated mouthwash to prevent bacteria buildup responsible for staining and halitosis.
I also recommend that patients who receive a new set of dentures visit our office for a follow-up appointment to ensure their dentures are fitting properly. Adjustments to dentures are simple to make with the proper tools, but they should never be attempted by anyone other than a certified dentist/denture provider.
Tips for keeping your dentures clean and functional include:
In addition, never clean your mouth and gums with denture cleansers. They are formulated to clean denture material only. Also, remember to rinse your dentures with water after they have soaked in a denture cleaning solution. Ingesting denture cleanser may burn your throat or cause you to vomit.
Losing teeth induces bone resorption, a condition where the bone surrounding the empty socket starts to diminish in density. Because bone resorption continues even though you are wearing dentures, a pair of well-fitting dentures will eventually become uncomfortably loose. How fast bone resorption progresses varies among denture wearers, which makes it possible for some people to wear the same dentures for 15 years while others need adjustments (relining) every few years.
If you notice your dentures coming loose from your gums when talking or eating or you have sore spots in your mouth, you should make an appointment with us to ensure your dentures are fitting properly. Never try to repair or adjust your dentures at home. Also, be aware that “do-it-yourself” denture repair kits may permanently damage your dentures or make them even more ill-fitting.
Do you have questions about your dentures, or would you like to find out more about getting dentures? Feel free to contact Dr. Parker today for more information or to schedule an appointment.