Proper Denture Care
Dentures are a traditional restoration used to replace an entire arch of teeth or sections of missing teeth. These prosthetic teeth are a removable device that consists of false teeth set into a rigid base that sits directly on your gums.
Dentures have come a long way in recent years, appearing much more natural than older types. The teeth are made from an acrylic resin and made to look exactly like real teeth. The base is made from a gum colored acrylic, allowing it to blend in better with your natural gum tissue. Dentures can help to restore many of the functions of your missing teeth and your quality of life. For them to function properly, however, they need to be taken care of. Anchorage Dental Associates can help.
Before Removing Your Dentures
While your dentures are fairly strong and can replace many of the functions of your missing teeth, they can easily be damaged or break if they are dropped. Before you take your dentures out, lay a folded towel down on your bathroom counter or fill the sink with water. This will provide a buffer in case your dentures fall as you remove them or while you are cleaning them.
Keeping Your Dentures Clean
Dentures need to be thoroughly cleaned every night. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste, as toothpaste contains abrasives that can cause microscopic scratches on your restorations. These scratches provide hiding places for bacteria that can then contribute to serious oral health issues. Clean the entire denture, both the teeth and the base, as well as any metal clasps.
Storing Dentures While You Sleep
After cleaning your dentures, they should be stored in water or denture cleaning solution while you sleep. Leaving your dentures out gives your gums a chance to rest. Soaking your dentures is essential for ensuring that they do not dry out and warp. Avoid using water that is too hot, as this can cause warping as well. Keep your dentures stored in a safe location, away from curious pets and children.
Take Care of Your Mouth
After cleaning your dentures, it is important to take care of your mouth. This is essential, even if all of your teeth have been replaced with dentures. Once your dentures are clean, use a soft bristled brush and toothpaste to clean your healthy teeth. Gently brush your gums, your tongue, and other intraoral tissues. In the morning, brush your teeth and gums again, rinse your dentures, and set them into place.
When Dentures Need Repairs
If your dentures feel awkward, chip, break, the teeth become loose, or metal clasps bend, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. While you may find home denture repair kits, avoid attempting to make repairs on your own. This could risk further damage which not only harms your dentures but can harm your mouth as well. What could have been a simple repair could lead to the need to completely replace the denture. Call as soon as you notice a change in the fit or your dentures or as soon as you notice any type of damage.
Taking proper care of your dentures is essential to ensure that they function properly and that your mouth remains healthy. If you have any questions or concerns about the care of your dentures, call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 276-7366.
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